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MC387639: Microsoft Purview Information Protection: Maintain protection when creating PDFs (preview)

Updated August 4, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.

Updated June 10, 2022: Please review the blog post: Apply sensitivity labels to PDFs created with Office apps for additional details.

Coming soon to public preview, we’re introducing the ability to maintain label and protection for PDF files created from Microsoft Office apps. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88516.

MC387639: Microsoft Purview Information Protection: Maintain protection when creating PDFs (preview)

When this will happen

Public preview: rollout will begin in late June and is expected to be complete by mid-August (previously late July).

How this will affect your organization

Labels and protection applied on Office documents will be persisted to the output file when converting to PDF in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on PCs using File|SaveAs, File|Export, and File|Share Office add-ins.

What you need to do to prepare

To enable users to label PDFs created in Office, admins can create sensitivity labels and define policies and settings in the Microsoft Purview compliance portal.

To try this functionality in a test tenant and provide early feedback to Microsoft, we invite you to join a limited private preview. Sign up at

Learn more

Message ID: MC387639
Published: 02 June 2022
Updated: 04 August 2022
Platform: Mac, Web, Windows Desktop, World tenant

Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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