Wondering how to remove passwords from a PDF document? Encrypting a PDF document with a password is a common security measure businesses use when communicating confidential information internally or with a customer. It could be a client sending you confidential information about their businesses or your bank sending you monthly account statements. But once you get the document, it is probably inconvenient to store the documents on your desktop with password protection in place, especially if it is accessed frequently. This article will show you how to remove a password from a PDF document and save it on your desktop or hard drive.
You will need the password to open the document the first time, so make sure you have it handy.
Remove the Password from a PDF Document using Google Chrome
Google Chrome has a built-in Save as PDF option, which can be accessed via print. We will use this feature to remove a password from a PDF document. The PDF Viewer feature of Google Chrome needs to be enabled for this feature to work.
Step 1: Open the PDF document in Chrome. If you are opening the document from a web page in Google Chrome, then the document will automatically open in Google Chrome. If it is stored on your hard drive, open Google Chrome First. Then navigate to the folder where the document is stored, and then drag the document to Google Chrome. Enter the password for the document to open it.
Step 2: Click the Print icon on the top right-hand corner to open the Google Chrome Print Options dialog box. Change the destination in the print dialog to “Save as PDF” and click on Print.
Step 3: In the “Save As” popup, specify the drive location and folder where you want the pdf document to be stored. Click on Save. Google Chrome will save the document in pdf format to the designated folder without the password. The next time you open this document, you will not be asked to enter a password.
The Save as PDF option is available in Chromium-based browsers like Microsoft Edge and Brave. Follow the steps in your preferred browser, and save your PDF document without password protection.
Remove the Password from a PDF Document using Microsoft Print to PDF
For users on the Windows 10 operating system, you can use the new Microsoft Print to PDF feature to remove the password from a protected PDF file. The Print to PDF feature is part of Windows 10 Native print options and is available for any Windows application with a print option. You can even use Adobe Acrobat Reader to remove passwords from a PDF document.
Open the document in Adobe Acrobat Reader, and enter the file’s password. Click on the Print option in the menu, or use “Ctrl+P” to activate the Print option.
In the print options dialog box, select “Microsoft Print to PDF” as the Printer. Click the Print button, provide a suitable file name, and save the PDF document to your selected folder. The saved PDF file can be opened without a password.
The Microsoft Print to PDF option is also available in Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Brave – basically, any application that has the PDF viewer capability and can open a PDF document, with a Print option available.
Remove the Password from a PDF Document on a Mac
On an Apple computer running the macOS, if you have Google Chrome or any chromium-based browser installed, you can follow the steps outlined above on removing a password from a PDF document using Google Chrome.
You can also use the Mac Preview app to open a pdf document and then use the Print option to Save it as PDF.
If you work with PDF documents extensively on the web, you may also find it useful to enable the new Chrome PDF viewer, which comes with a host of new features for Chrome’s built-in PDF viewer.