# Word – How to convert Word document to PDF with copy protection

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I need to convert a Word document to PDF file so that user would not be able to copy any text or anything from it (pdf file).

How can I do that?

Thank you.

You can set the not-copy flag in the pdf file using for example pdftk (there exists GUIs for it). You need to set an owner password.

But since many pdf readers ignore not-copy/not-print-flags, another option would be to convert all the text to vector paths using e.g. inkscape, but this would bloat the pdf file heavily.

In all cases, the user could use OCR-software to extract the text, so there is no safe solution.