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How to Open Password Protected PDF

2020-09-08 10:51:28 • Filed to: How-To • Proven solutions

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? We'll teach you how to open password-protected PDF files with PDFelement.

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 to view the PDF document; Permission password means to prevent others from editing, copying, printing, or other changing to the PDF document.

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 File..." button to browse and select the password-protected PDF file, or you can drag and drop the password-protected PDF in the program window directly.

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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 use 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.

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Step 3. Edit PDF (Optional)

After opening the password-protected PDF file in PDFelement, you can remove the password as well if you want by clicking the "Protect" > "Password" button, then uncheck the password and save your PDF file.

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If you want to edit or change your PDF content, you can refer to this article to know the steps about how to edit PDF here.

How to Open PDF without Password

On the rare occasion that you may be missing the password, and urgently need to access and view and 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 button "Add Files..." to load the password-protected PDF that you want to access. You can use the batch function to process multiple files at once.

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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, the 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 was unable to gain access to it.

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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.

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.

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Step 2. Open Password Protected PDF

Right-click the PDF file to choose "Open with" > "Google Docs," then it will prompt a window to ask for the permission password. So enter the correct password in the new window.

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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, the layout of your content may be changed, so it is better to use PDFelement to open password-protected PDF without losing layout.

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How to Open Password Protected PDF File

Google Chrome as 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.

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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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