How to Open Password Protected PDF
Have you ever received an important PDF file that needs to be unlocked with a password before you can edit, print, or copy text from it? To protect a PDF file, users often create passwords to restrict who can fully access it. Want to make an edit to a restricted document? This article provides you with four methods on how to open password-protected PDF files with PDFelement, a powerful PDF program.
When it comes to password-protected PDF files, there are two types of PDF password restrictions: Open password means to prevent others from opening and viewing the PDF document; Permission password means to prevent others from editing, copying, printing, or other changes to the PDF document.
- Part 1: Open Password Protected PDF with PDFelement
- Part 2: How to Open PDF without Password
- Part 3: Open Password Protected PDF with Google Drive
- Part 4: Open Password Protected PDF with Google Chrome
Method 1. Steps to Open Password Protected PDF
If you have been able to gain access to the password of the protected PDF document, then just follow these three steps to open and read your PDF file with PDFelement.
Step 1. Load the Password Protected PDF
Launch PDFelement first, click the "Open files" button on the Home window to browse and select the password-protected PDF file, or you can drag and drop the password-protected PDF in the program window directly.
Step 2. Open Password Protected PDF with Password
If your PDF document has the permission password restriction only, then it will open automatically, and you can start to view the file using the program. If your PDF document is protected with the open password restriction, then it will ask you to enter the password immediately upon opening the file. You will need to type the password into the dialog box to open the PDF.
After opening the password-protected PDF file in PDFelement, you can remove the password as well if you want by clicking the "Protect" > "Set Password" button, then deselect the password and save your PDF file.
Step 3. Edit PDF (Optional)
Furthermore, if you want to edit or change your PDF content, you can refer to this article to know how to edit PDF within PDFelement.
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Method 2. How to Open PDF without Password
On the rare occasion that you may be missing the password and urgently need to access and view an important protected PDF file, you may be wondering how to remove password protection from a PDF after opening it. We recommend the program PDF Password Remover to help in an emergency. And it can help you remove permission passwords without a password.
Step 1. Load Password Protected PDF
After launching PDF Password Remover, click the "Add Files..." button to load the password-protected PDF that you want to access. You can use the batch function to process multiple files at once.
Step 2. Choose an Output Folder (Optional)
In the "Output Folder," there are two options: "Save target file(s) in source folder" and "Customize." By selecting "Save target file(s) in the source folder," the output files will be saved in the original folder of your source PDF files. By using the "Customize" option, you can choose a different folder if you prefer.
After you've set all the options, click on "Start." Immediately, password protection will be removed, and the output PDF files can be opened and accessed easily. This PDF password remover can be a handy tool in an emergency situation where you need access to a file but forgot the password or were unable to gain access to it.
Step 3. Open PDF without Password
After conversion, the password will be removed from the PDF documents. You can then open and view it using this PDF editor program - PDFelement. This program offers professional solutions for reading, annotating, editing, and converting PDF files.
Method 3. How to Open PDF with Password
If your PDF file is protected with a permission password and you know the correct password, then you can use Google Drive to open it and remove the permission password as well.
Step 1. Upload PDF
Drag and drop your password-protected PDF into your Google Drive account. Or you can open your Google Drive, and then click "My Drive" > "Upload files" or "+New" > "Upload files" button.
Step 2. Open Password Protected PDF
After uploading the PDF file, right-click the PDF to choose the "Open with" > "Google Docs" option, and then it will prompt a window to ask for the permission password. So enter the correct password in the new window.
Step 3. Download PDF
After opening, the permission password has already been removed actually. You can click the "File" > "Download" button to save it as a new PDF file or .docx format Word file on your computer. However, when it is opened in Google Docs, your content layout may be changed, so it is better to use PDFelement to open password-protected PDF without losing the layout.
Method 4. How to Open Password Protected PDF File
Google Chrome is a widely used browser, which can also help you open secured PDFs. And if you want to remove the password, it also helps.
Step 1. Open Locked PDF
After launching Chrome, open a new blank tab. Drag and drop your password-protected PDF into this tab. If your PDF file has an open password, then you will get a new window to ask for the open password. Just enter the correct password to open it. If your PDF file has the permission password, then you can open it in Chrome directly.
Step 2. Remove Password
After opening the file, click the "Print" button in Chrome, and choose to resave it. The newly saved PDF file does not have a password anymore.
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