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How to Unlock PDF On Mac (Including El Capitan and Sierra)

When you have a locked PDF, you cannot edit, copy or even view it if it has an open password. However, in this article, we are going to show you how to unlock the encrypted PDF on Mac using two powerful PDF unlockers. One is Wondershare PDF password remover and the other effective software is Wondershare PDFelement for Mac.

Method 1Unlock PDF on Mac Using Wondershare PDF Password Remover

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Unlocking PDFs has been made easier courtesy of Wondershare PDF Password Remover for Mac . This software removes the password protection on your PDF and makes it possible to print, edit, copy and view the PDF files. Now, before we look at how to remove password on PDFs let us first highlight its key features.

  • It is a powerful tool that removes permission restrictions thus you can edit, copy and print PDF.
  • It can also remove the open password that restricts you from viewing PDFs.
  • It supports batch importation and removal of passwords.
  • It has simple user interface that requires no skill.
  • It has free trial version.
  • It supports the latest Mac OS X 10.12, 10.11, 10.10, 10.9, 10.8 and 10.7.

Wondershare PDF password remover for Mac is available on Wondershare product page. Download, install and open it on your Mac. If you cannot trace it, go to "Applications" folder and you will find it there. After that you can follow these baby steps.

Step 1. Import PDF Files

On the program window, click on "File" then select "Open" and choose the locked the PDFs and upload. You can also drag and drop the files to the program window.

Step 2. Remove Password or Restrictions

You will then see a list of PDF files on the screen. At the bottom right click on "Start" and the program will remove the password restrictions. For some PDFs you will see a lock icon. In this case you have to click on it and provide the correct password before removing restrictions.

That is all! Removing password restrictions on PDFs is simple and fast.

Method 2Unlock PDF with Wondershare PDFelement for Mac

Alternatively, you can use Wondershare PDFelement for Mac to remove restrictions on your PDF file. In this case you will have to convert the PDF file to other supported out put formats. Moreover, this software is also a PDF creator, editor, converter, and a PDF viewer. It is a fully featured tool that is equipped with all PDF solutions. That being said lets us clearly have a look at its main features.

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  • Wondershare PDFelement manipulates files to other formats like Word, Excel, PPT, EPUB, HTML, Rich Text, Plain Text and image of different formats.
  • You can also generate a PDF file from different formats like HTML, Images, Rich Text, Keynote, blank documents, clipboard screen captures and not forgetting existing PDF files.
  • It offers you different editing tools that allows you modify images, alter pages, change texts, edit font size,
  • It allows you manage your PDF files by add watermarks, add annotations, add bates and numbering, add headers and footers, stamps, links and much more.
  • It can also redact PDF files and hide sensitive texts and pages.
  • It has a powerful multilingual OCR plug-in that makes scanned PDF files editable and searchable.

Just like Wondershare Password Remover for Mac, you have to install this software to your Mac. This tool is available on Wondershare product page at a friendly price. You can also try out the free trial version. Once you have installed and opened it you can now go through this guide.

Step 1. Import PDF

PDFelement has a simple user interface and you will not struggle using it. On the bottom right of the Home windows click on "Open File" and upload the locked PDF file. You can also upload files by click on "File" on the main menu and click on "Open" to select the PDF file.

Step 2. Convert PDF to Other Format to Remove Password or Restrictions

After opening the PDF file you will see that even when you click on "Edit" button you cannot modify anything. Therefore, you will have to convert the file. To achieve this, click the "Convert" button.

A submenu will be expanded with various output formats. Select a preferred output format such as Word, Plain Text or Rich texts and then click on "Convert" button to start the process. The program then prompts you to define where to save and how to save the file. Complete the process by clicking "Save" and your file will be converted and all the restrictions will be gone.

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Published: Jul 12,2016 10:44 am / Updated: Apr 18,2017 11:54 am

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