How to Unlock Password Protected PDF File

If you are looking for solution of view or print a password-protected PDF file’s contents. You can follow below mentioned steps to view or print a password-protected PDF file’s contents. Basically, there are two types of secure PDFs: user-locked, which means you need a password to view the contents, and owner-locked, which means you need a password to copy, print, or otherwise modify the PDF’s contents. While unlocking a user-locked PDF without the password is not possible without purchasing software, you can unlock an owner-locked PDF in a few ways.

Method 1: Using Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Drive.If you aren’t already logged into your Google account, you’ll need to do so now with your Gmail address and password.
  2. Click and drag your PDF into Google Drive.You can also click New in the top right corner of the Google Drive Window, click File Upload, select your PDF, and click OK to upload it.
  3. Double-click your selected PDF.If it’s a user-locked PDF, you’ll need to enter a password and click Submit to view its contents.
  4. Hold down Ctrland tap P. This will open the “Print” screen. If the PDF is user-locked, you’ll need to enter the password and then use the Print shortcut again.
  5. Click Change.This option should be beneath the “Destination” heading on the left side of your screen.
  6. Click Save as PDF.This option is under the “Local Options” heading in the “Select a Destination” window.
  7. Click the blue SaveIt’s in the top left corner of this screen. Doing so should download the PDF to your computer as an unsecure file. You may have to select a save location before your file properly downloads.
  8. Double-click your downloaded PDF.
  9. Click File.This is in the top left corner of the screen.
  10. Click Properties.It’s about halfway down the Filedrop-down menu.
  11. Click the Security Look at the “Security Method” line.It should say “No Security”, thereby proving that your PDF is no longer locked. This is at the top of the Properties window.

Method 2: Using Adobe Acrobat (Known Password)

  1. Open the Adobe Acrobat program.This must be the “Pro” version, not the “Reader” version. Otherwise, you won’t be able to remove the password.
  2. Click File.This option is in the top left corner of the screen.
    • Alternatively, if your PDF reader has a “Recently Viewed” tab, you can check there to see if the PDF you need is displayed.
  3. Click Open.If you elected to look for the PDF in the “Recently Viewed” section, skip this step.
  4. Double-click the PDF you wish to open.You may have to select a new directory (e.g., Desktop or Documents) first to locate the PDF in question.
  5. Click the padlock icon.It’s on the left side of the screen beneath the “Home” tab.
    • If your PDF is user-locked, you’ll need to enter the password here first.
  6. Click Permission Details.This is a link below the “Security Settings” heading.
  7. Click the Security MethodIt will say something like “Password Security”.
  8. Select No Security.This should be an option in the drop-down menu that appears.
  9. Type in the PDF’s password.

     10. Click OK twice. As long as your password was correct, your PDF will no longer              have a password lock on it.

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