How To Remove Password From a PDF Document

Wondering how to remove password from a PDF document? Encrypting a PDF document with a password is a common security measure used by businesses when communicating confidential information either internally or with a customer. It could be a client sending you confidential information about their businesses, or it could be 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 a document accessed frequently. In this article, we are going to show you how to remove password from a PDF document and save it on your desktop or hard drive.

You will need the password though to open the document the first time, so make sure you have it handy.

Remove Password from a PDF Document using Google Chrome

Google Chrome comes with a built-in Save as PDF option which can be accessed via the print option. We are going to 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, then 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.

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Enter Password to open PDF document

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.

Remove Password from a PDF
Save as PDF option

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 the pdf format to the designated folder, but 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 outlined in your preferred browser, and save your PDF document without password protection.

Remove Password from a PDF Document using Microsoft Print to PDF

For users on the Windows 10 operating system, you also have the option of using 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 password from a PDF document.

Open the document in Adobe Acrobat Reader, and enter the password to access the file. Click on the Print option in the menu, or use “Ctrl+P” to activate the Print option.

Microsoft Print to PDF
Microsoft Print to PDF

In the print options dialog box, select “Microsoft Print to PDF” as the Printer. Click on 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, and has a Print option available to use.

Remove Password from a PDF Document on a Mac

On an Apple computer running the macOS, if you have Google Chrome browser or any chromium based browser installed, then you can follow the steps outlined above on how to remove 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 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.

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Shashi Venkatesh
Shashi Venkatesh is a 20 year veteran of the technology industry, having worked with an IT Multinational with clients in the Telecom, Logistics, and Airline industry, working globally across America, Europe, and Asia. He enjoys reading and gaming and is an avid motorsport fan.

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