How to remove password protection from PDF after opening

How to remove password protection from PDF after opening

We are always talking about the necessity of setting passwords on PDF files with sensitive content. It is convenient for us to use the open password t

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We are always talking about the necessity of setting passwords on PDF files with sensitive content. It is convenient for us to use the open password to prevent unauthorized users from opening. We can also use owner password to add restrictions to PDF files. However, entering a password each time is a little bit tedious and time-consuming. What’s more, in some cases, there is no need to use passwords to protect pdf files anymore. So, how to remove these passwords?

In this post, we are talking about how to remove the password from encrypted PDF and you can access the file freely.

Part 1. Remove password protection from PDF with Adobe Acrobat.

You can remove pdf user password and owner password with Adobe Acrobat easily.

  • Choose “Protect” from native tools in Adobe Acrobat and open the tool.

pdf protection in Adobe Acrobat

  • Click “Encrypt” in the displayed toolbar and choose “Remove security”.

remove security using Adobe Acrobat

  • Enter user password or owner password once again and the password will be removed immediately.

enter password to remove restriction

Pros: Fast and simple. Only a few clicks are required. Support removing both open password and owner password at the same time.

Cons: You should pay for a subscription to use the premium feature.

Part 2. Remove password protection from PDF with Adobe Reader.

Adobe Acrobat is a paid software that comes with many powerful features and functions. Adobe Reader is a free PDF viewer so you can open, read and work with PDF documents freely. There is a trick that you can remove PDF open password for free by using Adobe Reader.

  • Open the encrypted PDF file with Adobe Reader by entering the user password.
  • Go to “File -> Print” to promote a print dialog.

open print dialog in Adobe Reader.

  • Choose Microsoft Print to PDF as a printer and click “Print” button to export a new PDF file.

choose microsoft print to pdf.

The new-created PDF file is accessible without the open password.

Pros: Free and no more fees for advanced features.

Cons: It will be useless if the PDF file has been restricted from printing.

Part 3. Remove password protection from PDF with Chrome.

Today, most web browsers have the capabilities to display PDF documents and enable readers to open PDF files in their built-in PDF viewer directly. Simple and straightforward. Let’s take Chrome as an example to remove PDF password.

  • Drag and drop the PDF file onto Google Chrome.
  • Enter the open password to access the PDF.

enter pdf password recover in chrome

  • Click the “Print” icon to promote the dialog box and hit the “Print” button.

print pdf in chrome

A new PDF without password protection will be exported to the destination folder immediately.

Pros: Free and no Adobe software needed.

Cons: It will be useless if the PDF file has been restricted from printing.

Part 4. Remove password protection from PDF with a free software on Windows.

We have plenty of free applications which enable users to remove passwords and restrictions. PDF Password Locker & Remover is one of them, an amazing freeware with the capabilities of locking and unlocking PDF files.

  1. Run PDF Password Locker & Remover. It comes with an intuitive interface.
  2. Choose PDF Password Remover in the drop-down list and add an encrypted PDF file.
  3. Enter user password or owner password or both. Then click “Remove” button.

pdf password locker and remover screenshot.

This free program will remove the PDF password in no time and export a new PDF to the destination folder.

Pros: Free and simple. It could be used as a PDF password remover and PDF locker.

Cons: It would be better if it can remove PDF restriction in a batch process.

Part 5. Recover lost PDF password with a pdf encryption-bypassing tool.

What if you have lost or forgot your passwords to access your PDF? The most efficient and time-saving move is to crack or recover the PDF password. PDF Password Recover, featured with brute-force capability, is the top choice.

  1. Launch PDF Password Recover, add the encrypted PDF.
  2. Select the password you want to recover. User password, owner password or both.
  3. Configure recovery methods and charset options.
  4. Click “Start” button and this pdf password recovery tool will start the process.

pdf password recover pro screenshot

Pros: Save your time to get both PDF user password and owner password back once you have forgotten the passwords.

Cons: It will take some time to perform the recovery process.

PDF Password Recover Pro is a paid software but it offers a free version here. No limitation and you can recover the open password for 100% free.

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