Introduction: How to Take Owner's Password Off of a .pdf Because You Want to Copy It. MAC

Hi, this tutorial will teach you how to take the owner's password off of a locked .pdf on a Mac.

This is hit and miss, as I was making this tutorial the .pdf I made with the passwords deleted itself... but I had two other .pdf's that I bought and wanted to save as .png to use on a laser cutting machine.

(edit) I just found out that you have to be able to print and view the .pdf, this tutorial is just how to copy it. 

IF YOU DO THIS AND YOU DO NOT HAVE PERMISSION TO PRINT IT OR COPY IT, THEN THIS WILL ERASE THE .PDF

Step 1:

Step 1: open the .pdf

(If there is no password to view it, skip to step 3)

Step 2:

Step 2: Type in the view-only password (if there is one)

Step 3:

Step 3:  You should now see the .pdf

Step 4:

Step 4: Select some text anywhere on the page and press the delete button once then release

Step 5:

Step 5: Go to File>Save All and select it

Step 6:

Now go to the location of the file and you should see that the black lock was removed and you can now print and copy it.I   STRONG DO NOT RECOMMEND YOU USE THIS TUTORIAL UNLESS YOU CAN RE-DOWNLOAD THE .PDF, this is quite simply a last resort.

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serena_frandson44 made it!(author)2016-09-20

I was looking to remove PDF password security and found this article via Google search. I tried this method on my Mac (El Capitan) but it didn't work for me. I can't complain because it seems to be an old guide. On further Googling, I found this article: http://www.mypdfsolutions.com/pdf-password-remover-mac.html and it helped me remove owner/permission password and print, copy, edit and other restrictions from my pdf.


Note: As per the website, there is a Windows version of this software also available for the Windows OS too but I didn't try it.

Hope this will be helpful for those who couldn't remove the owner password from their PDF using the method describe in the above guide/instructable

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RosaR21 made it!(author)2016-09-05

Actually, I also saw another article about unlocking PDF
before (https://www.cisdem.com/resource/how-to-unlock-a-pdf-mac.html),
you can follow these steps to instantly and directly remove all these restriction
for further PDF editing. For your information, the solution really saved me
when I was in similar situation like you.

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