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

how to remove a password from a pdf file

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

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

1. Open Google Chrome.

2. Open the location on your computer where your password protected PDF file is stored.

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 located 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 Mac.

7. Click on the "Change" button located at "Destination" 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.

A copy of your PDF will now be saved to your computer, but without the password protection.

How to Remove Password Protection from a PDF File using Firefox

1. Open Mozilla Firefox.

2. Open the location on your computer where your password protected PDF file is stored.

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.

A copy of your PDF will now be saved to your computer, but without the password protection.

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 that "Microsoft Print to PDF" is selected at "Printer".

microsoft print to pdf function

6. Click on the "Print" button located 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.

A copy of your PDF will now be saved to your computer, but without the password protection.

How to Remove Password Protection from a PDF File using Opera

1. Open Opera.

2. Open the location on your computer where your password protected PDF file is stored.

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 Mac.

7. Click on the "Change" button located at "Destination" 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.

A copy of your PDF will now be saved to your computer, but without the password protection.

How to Remove Password Protection from a PDF File using LibreOffice

1. Open LibreOffice.

2. Click on "Open File" located at the top left.

3. Go to the location on your computer where the password protected PDF file is stored.

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" located 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.

A copy of your PDF will now be saved to your computer, but without the password protection.

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

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.

A copy of your PDF will now be saved to your computer, but without the password protection.

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