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This Instructable will tell you how to remove PDF password security and print, edit, copy, and extract a restricted PDF file.


PDF is a file format that is universally used because it can be opened using a number of different programs. Typically an individual does not have to download a special program in order to open up a PDF. This makes it an ideal file for an individual to use to send information. Depending on who you ask the fact that you can apply restrictions on PDF files that prevent people from being able to print, edit, and copy the file can be both a good and bad thing. What if you forget the password or are not able to gain access to the password? They may be a lot of reasons why you need to print, copy, or edit a PDF file and are not able to because you do not have the password.


Receiving and opening a PDF file with a password restriction and not knowing what the password is not as earth shattering of a situation as you may think. This is because there are plenty of solutions both online and offline to remove PDF password. The best part is that learning how to remove PDF password security restrictions on printing, editing, and copying a PDF file is something that can be accomplished in just three quick and easy steps. And, if the size of your PDF file is less than 20MB and it's protected with some older version of Adobe Acrobat then you can try the free online method too. You can also upload the the PDF that is protected with the owner password to Google Drive and download it as a Word file. This Word file will be free from the owner password restrictions.

Note: Trial version of this program has some limitations compared to the licensed version. I would also like to declare that I'm unaffiliated with the company, it means I get NO compensation, or consideration if you buy any product/service mentioned in this tutorial.

Step 1: Download, Install, and Execute the Program

First, you need to download and install the program called PDF Password Remover. You can also download both Windows and Mac version from this website: http://www.mypdfsolutions.com/ and follow the installation wizard to install it to your computer. It shouldn't take too long to download and install. Once the program has installed onto your computer you just have execute the program and wait for it to launch.

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