How to Change the Attributes on a PDF File

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In Microsoft Windows operating systems (such as Windows 7, Vista and XP), users have the ability to change the "attributes" of almost any file. File attributes can be defined as the unique properties of a file. PDF (Portable Document Format) files were created by Adobe as a file format for trading files. PDF files are the file format used for programs such as Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat. Changing the attributes on a PDF file is a simple operation.

  • Right-click on the PDF file and select "Properties" from the context menu.

  • Open the "General" tab, then look to the "Attributes" section.

  • Change the attributes. Click to check or uncheck the boxes for "Read-only" (makes the file un-editable until unchecked) and "Hidden" (hides the file). Press the "Advanced" button to view the advanced attributes. You may now click to check or uncheck the boxes for "File is ready for archiving" (archives the file), "Index this file for faster searching" (indexes the file), "Compress contents to save disk space" (compresses the file), and "Encrypt contents to secure data" (encrypts the file).

  • Press "OK" and "Apply" to exit the PDF file properties. Press "Yes" in any confirmation dialog boxes that appear.

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