How to Remove PDF Restriction to Copy, Edit & Print?

How to Remove PDF Restriction for Copying, Editing & Printing?

PDF is a portable document format file that was developed by Adobe Systems. PDF files can contain not only images and text, but also interactive buttons, form fields, embedded fonts, audios, videos, links and more. They’re commonly used for documents like manuals, eBooks, application forms, and scanned documents, to name just a few.

In order to protect your sensitive data, you may encrypt your PDF files with password or restrict certain features, such as printing and editing. However, it might happen that you forgot PDF password and need to remove editing or printing restriction for more usage. Then, how to remove restriction password from PDF file without password?

Types of PDF Password:

There’re two kinds of password restrictions: Open password (also known as a user password) and Permission password (also known as a master password). With an open password protected PDF document, users need to type the right password to open the PDF. With the permission password, you can restrict printing, editing, and copying content in the PDF.

If the PDF is secured with both types of passwords, it can be opened with either password. However, only the permissions password allows the user to change the restricted features. Because of the added security, setting both types of passwords is often beneficial.

There’re several ways that are available online to remove password from PDF files. So let me tell you how to use PDF password remover to remove PDF password and restrictions on Mac OS X.

PDF Restrictions Remover

PDF Password Remover is an effective and easy PDF decrypting tool that supports unlocking the PDF file from Owner Level Password Security. It permits users to remove PDF restrictions for printing, copying, editing and extracting. Moreover, users can also remove Signature restriction and enable form filling in PDF files. As a standalone software, it does not require Adobe Reader or Acrobat.

PDF restriction remover can be easily installed on all Windows versions (32 & 64 bit) OS; The Mac version is compatible with Mac OS X 10.12 (Sierra), 10.11 (El Capitan), 10.10 (Yosemite), 10.9, 10.8 or 10.7. Now you can download the free trial to perform restriction removal.

Detail process to remove restriction from PDF file?


1. Download and install PDF restriction removal (Mac version as the example)

  • Choose Windows or Mac version from the above link and click the “Try it Free” button.
  • After downloading, double click on the .dmg or .exe file to start installation process.
  • In the pop-up window, drag PDF Password Remover to the Application folder.
  • Then double click the program’s icon on the desktop to launch it.

install PDF restriction remover

When you launch PDF Password Remover as the free trial version, it will prompt you this is a trial version with limitations that only process half of your PDF (no more than 5 pages). You need to purchase online to get the full version. Or just click “Free Trial” to continue with trying process.

PDF restriction remover trial version

2. Import PDF documents

It’s easy to input the protected PDFs, you can click the “File” menu, and in the and choose “Open”, or just drag and drop the PDF files onto the program’s interface.

load password-protected PDF files

3. Remove PDF edit & print restrictions

Click Start button to begin decrypting process. In a few seconds, permission password will be removed from the PDF documents. You can then open and view them, copy, print, and modify the content by using PDF Editor for Mac.

crack encrypted PDF files

3. Unlock PDF with Open Password

If your PDF document is protected with Open password, you can see a lock icon beside the PDF file. To break the copy and print restrictions, you need to enter the right Open password to begin removing protections.

unlock PDF files

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