INTRO: The majority of the PDFs are often encrypted with a password that does not allow any unauthorized users to see the content they hold in it. But, if you decide on keeping the PDF in a secure location in your PC once you receive it, then after entering that password each time you open it can be very frustrating after some time. So for that, it helps to simply ‘remove‘ the password from the said PDF file.
You can remove passwords from PDFs in two simple ways. There are two out of which is the one official method that requires you to use Adobe Acrobat Pro to remove passwords, and then there is a makeshift secondary method that doesn’t require any particular software apart from some standard tools that come with a Windows OS. Do note that both methods will require you to provide a password to your file initially.
How to remove password using ‘Print to PDF’
An easy way to remove a password is just by opening the file and printing and exporting it to a new PDF file. The new PDF file will essentially have the same data as it was except for the password. This trick will only work if your password-protected PDF does not have any printing restrictions on it.
Step 1: Open the password-protected PDF file in Google Chrome or any other browser you have. Provide the password it requires to open that specific file.
Step 2: Once this step is done, you can hit the ‘Print’ button on the top-right to open the printing dialog box to print the pdf.
Step 3: After that, once you are in the Print Preview window, click on the ‘Change‘ button under the Destination section of the tab. Choose ‘Save as PDF’. After that proceed by clicking on the ‘Save’ button. Now after all of this is doneall you have to do is give your new PDF a name and a location and here you’re done. The new PDF file you just created will have the same contents as the older PDF without the password.
How to remove password using Adobe Acrobat Pro
Using Adobe Acrobat Pro is the only official way to remove passwords from a PDF file. It doesn’t require you to create a duplicate one. Do Note that Adobe Acrobat Pro is different from the standard Adobe Acrobat Reader that most people have.
Step 1: Firstly open the password-protected PDF file using Adobe Acrobat Pro software. After that Click on the lock icon that is on the left side of the window and clicks ‘Permission Details’.
Step 2: After you are done with step 1 now, Click the ‘Security Method’ box and in the drop-down menu, after that select ‘No Security’. Click on ‘Ok’ and your password will be removed from that pdf file. Click on File/ Save to save the changes you have just made.