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Metadata in Portable Document Format or the PDF is the data which includes all the personal information about the file such as the title, author name, date created, modification date, subject date, application which was used to create this PDF file, size of PDF file, number of pages in the PDF file and all the tags associated with the file. Metadata actually contains all the properties of the file. However, most of the people do not even know that where metadata is saved in the PDF file and how you can access it or remove it. This step by step guide will help you to remove metadata from PDF file on both Windows and Mac OS X.

Part 1How to Remove Metadata without Adobe® Acrobat®

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Besides Adobe Acrobat Pro, Wondershare PDFelement (PDFelement for Mac) is another software to remove the metadata from the PDF file. You can select the metadata and can remove it individually. You can also change the privacy settings of the PDF file so that it could not be traced. Wondershare PDFelement is not only cheaper as compared to the Adobe Acrobat Pro, it is also very easy to use.

Users will not have to navigate through the complicate settings, simply go to the properties of the PDF file and remove the metadata using the backspace on your keyboard. Here's the step by step guide on how you can remove the metadata from the PDF file using Wondershare PDFelement.

Step 1. Open PDF File in the Program

Click on the "Open File" button and select the PDF file whose metadata you want to remove.

Step 2. Remove Metadata of PDF File

Once the PDF is opened, click on the "File" button and select "Properties". It will show the metadata of the PDF file on the left side of the screen. Select the information that you want to delete and using the "Backspace" or "Delete" button on the keyboard to delete this information.

Part 2How to Remove Metadata from PDF in Adobe® Acrobat®

This feature is only present in the professional version, so, you will have to buy the Pro version. After purchasing the software, download and install it on your computer. Run it as Administrator and open the PDF file whose metadata you want to remove.

Step 1. Remove the Metadata

Click on the "Remove Hidden Information" which will be present under the Hidden Information. It will open another pane on the left side of the screen. In this new pane, make sure to check the data that you want to remove. In this case, we will select the "Remove Metadata". Then click the "Remove" button which is just present above this option. Wait for some seconds and Adobe Acrobat Pro will remove all the metadata from your PDF file.

Step 2. Save the File

After removing the metadata, don’t forget to save your PDF file. Use the "Ctrl + S" or click on the "File" tab and press "Save" to save this PDF file.

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