Step-by-step Guide How to Remove Password from PDF Files

Has it ever occurred to you that, you have several PDF files that are password-protected, and you cannot open them because you don’t know the Password? If you’re one of the “It happens all the time” people like me, then this blog is definitely for your interest. To find out why you will have to read on!

Remove Password from PDF File

To remove the password from files such as the above, I would have gone haywire. But, after calming down and doing a bit of research, I found out some Step-by-step Guides How to Remove Password from PDF File.

  1. One such method was, via Google Chrome.  The steps were as follows:
  2. Open the Google Chrome browser and click on the link provided below: This will enable you to go to your Google Drive.
  3. Now, the password-protected PDF file that you have needs to be dragged and then you need to double-click on the file. On the double-click, the PDF file opened up within the Drive. Since the PDF file was locked, I required to place a password and then click on Submit to see its subject matter.
  4. After the above steps have been consummated, I had to open the ‘Print Screen.’ All I needed was to press the ‘Ctrl +P’ keys. As a result of this action, a ‘Print’ window popped up. In this window, under the head ‘Destination,’ press ‘Change.’
  5. A Menu is displayed. Now, under the ‘Print Destinations,’ I selected the Save as PDF option
  6. Then I had to press on Save button which is blue and is situated under the head, Print. After doing this, my PDF was downloaded in my PC in the form of an unprotected file which enabled me to print or edit or even copy text from the file.
  • I have to admit there is another simple method to help you with these password-protected PDF files. Adobe Acrobat is another remarkable means of removing the passwords from the files. The Steps to use may be seen here below:

Please Note: Our first step comprises of using Adobe Acrobat Pro which is a paid version of Adobe Acrobat, which enables you to unlock the Password-protected PDF files.

  1. The first step involves the opening of the Adobe Acrobat Pro
  2. Then, click on the file tab located on the top-left corner of the PDF File window. When you click on File, and you see a drop-down menu.
  3. Under this Menu, you will have to click on the Open option.
  4. Now, double-click on your PDF File, which you are desirous of opening. To do this, you need to select a new directory to locate the PDF file.
  5. Since a password protects the file, you will need to provide the same and then click on Ok.
  6. On the left pane or the “Home” tab, there is an icon which looks like a lock. This is the padlock icon. Click on it.   
  7. Upon clicking on the Padlock icon, you will have the ‘Security Settings’ tab. Under the ‘Security Setting,’ you read “This document has an open password or a modify password.” Under the above is the ‘Permission Details’ button. Click on it.
  8. A new window opens entitled Document Properties, under which is the Security Tab. Click on it. Under the head of the Document Security, there is ‘Security Method’ which possesses a dropdown. Click on the dropdown, and multiple options are visible. Select No Security. Click Change Settings. As a result, a new window saying, “Are you sure you wish to secure from this document?” Click Ok.
  9. Finally, you will need to type the Password twice. If you have typed the correct Passwords, your PDF files will be free of any of the Password.
  • I have stated some of the easy manual methods. But now, I have one more way which would ease things out for you as a Step-by-step Guide How to Remove Password from PDF File. This is using a third-party tool such as Kernel for PDF Restriction Removal software. What this Software does is that it helps remove the passwords off your PDF files, and its simple methods of usage, is something that sets the tool to high uniqueness. If you are worried about how to use the Software, here are the steps to do so:

Note: before you use the Tool, you need to make sure you have downloaded and installed it.

1. Open software. Press the Browse button to choose the PDF File. Now, select Destination Path by clicking on the second Browse button. After this, click Remove Restrictions button.

Step-by-step Guide How to Remove Password from PDF Files 1

2. You get a new window with a message stating that the password(s) have been removed. Moreover, the same state the location of the PDF File which has had its password removed. Click Ok.

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Final Words

We have all used PDF files and we’ve often faced the problem of password-protected PDF files. To add to the difficulties, we might not know the passwords. In these times, you could make use of the method I’ve given above. Moreover, do not forget the role of the third-party tool to remove password from PDF file.     

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