How to Remove a Password From a PDF File (6 Easy Ways)

This tutorial will show you step by step how to remove a password from a PDF file in a few different ways by using the software you probably already have installed on your Windows, Linux, or macOS computer.

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How to remove password protection from a PDF file using:

(All methods assume you know the password of the password protected PDF file)


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How to Remove Password Protection from a PDF File using Google Chrome

1. Open Google Chrome.

2. Go to your password protected PDF file.

3. Drag your password protected PDF file into Google Chrome.

drag a password-protected pdf file into google chrome

Or if you are using Google Chrome as your standard PDF viewer, then you can also just double-click on the PDF file to open it in Google Chrome.

4. Enter the password of the PDF file.

5. Press [Enter] (or Return) or click on the Submit button to unlock the password protected PDF file.

6. Click on the Print button in the top PDF toolbar.

google chrome print button

Or press the [Ctrl] + [P] keys on your keyboard on Windows and Linux or press the [⌘] (command) + [P] keys on your keyboard on macOS.

7. At Destination, you click on the Change button and then click on Save as PDF.

save as pdf in google chrome

8. Click on the Save button.

9. Enter a name for your PDF file.

10. Select a location on your computer where you want to save the PDF file.

11. Click on the Save button.

Google Chrome will now save a copy of your PDF file without password protection to your computer.

How to Remove Password Protection from a PDF File using Firefox

1. Open Mozilla Firefox.

2. Go to your password protected PDF file.

3. Drag your password protected PDF file into Mozilla Firefox.

drag a password-protected pdf file into firefox

4. Enter the password of the PDF file.

5. Press [Enter] or click on the OK button to unlock the password protected PDF file.

6. Click on the Print button located in the top PDF toolbar.

firefox print button

Or press the [Ctrl] + [P] keys on your keyboard.

7. On Windows, you select Microsoft Print to PDF and on Linux, you select Print to File and make sure that PDF is selected at Output format.

print to pdf in firefox

8. Click on the OK button (on Windows) or click on the Print button (on Linux).

9. At File name, you enter a name for the PDF file.

10. Select a location on your PC where you want to save the PDF file.

11. Click on the Save button.

Firefox will now save a copy of your PDF file without password protection to your computer.

How to Remove Password Protection from a PDF File using Microsoft Edge in Windows 10

1. Right-click on the password protected PDF file, go to Open with and then click on Microsoft Edge.

open password protected pdf file in microsoft edge in windows 10

Or if you are using Microsoft Edge as your standard PDF viewer, then you can also just double-click on the PDF file to open it in Microsoft Edge.

2. Enter the password of the PDF file.

3. Press [Enter] or click on the OK button to unlock the password protected PDF file.

4. Press the [Ctrl] + [P] keys on your keyboard.

5. Make sure Microsoft Print to PDF is selected at Printer.

microsoft print to pdf function

6. Click on the Print button at the bottom.

7. At File name, you enter a name for the PDF file.

8. Select a location on your PC where you want to save the PDF file.

9. Click on the Save button.

Microsoft Edge will now save a copy of your PDF file without password protection to your computer.

How to Remove Password Protection from a PDF File using Opera

1. Open Opera.

2. Go to your password protected PDF file.

3. Drag your password protected PDF file into Opera.

drag a password-protected pdf file into opera

Or if you are using Opera as your standard PDF viewer, then you can also just double-click on the PDF file to open it in Opera.

4. Enter the password of the PDF file.

5. Press [Enter] (or Return) or click on the Submit button to unlock the password protected PDF file.

6. Click on the Print button located in the top PDF toolbar.

opera print button

Or press the [Ctrl] + [P] keys on your keyboard on Windows and Linux or press the [⌘] (command) + [P] keys on your keyboard on macOS.

7. At Destination, you click on the Change button and then click on Save as PDF.

save as pdf in opera

8. Click on the Save button.

9. Enter a name for your PDF file.

10. Select a location on your computer where you want to save the PDF file.

11. Click on the Save button.

Opera will now save a copy of your PDF file without password protection to your computer.

How to Remove Password Protection from a PDF File using LibreOffice

1. Open LibreOffice.

2. Click on Open File at the top left.

3. Go to your password protected PDF file.

4. Select the PDF file and click on Open.

5. Enter the password of the PDF file.

6. Press [Enter] or click on the OK button to unlock the password protected PDF file.

7. Click on File at the top left.

8. Click on Export as PDF.

9. Click on the Export button.

10. Select a location on your computer where you want to save the PDF file.

11. At File name, you enter a name for the PDF file.

12. Click on the Save button.

LibreOffice will now save a copy of your PDF file without password protection to your computer.

How to Remove Password Protection from a PDF File using Preview on macOS

1. Open the password protected PDF file in Preview.

To open a PDF file in Preview, you will need to right-click on the password protected PDF file, then go to Open With and then click on Preview.

2. Enter the password of the PDF file.

3. Press Enter (Return) to unlock the password protected PDF file.

4. Click on File located in the top menu bar and then click on Export.

5. Rename your new PDF file, so that it will not replace the original file.

6. Make sure that PDF is selected at Format.

7. Make sure that Encrypt is unchecked.

8. Click on the Save button.

Preview will now save a copy of your PDF file without password protection to your computer.


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Reference(s):

Digital Inspiration: How to Remove Password from PDF Files with Google Chrome

HowToGeek: How to Remove a Password From a PDF File