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How to Open Password Protected PDF [5 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? This article provides you with four methods on how to open password-protected PDF files with Wondershare PDFelement - PDF Editor and other PDF password unlockers.

How to Open Password Protected PDF with PDFelement

Follow these three steps to open and read password protected PDF file with PDFelement.

Step 1Load the Password Protected PDF

Launch PDFelement first, click the "+" 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.

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Step 2Open Password Protected PDF with Password

If your PDF document has the permission password restriction, then it will open automatically, and you can start to view the file using the program without entering a password.

If your PDF document is protected by 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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After opening the password-protected PDF file in PDFelement, you can remove the PDF password permanently. Click the "Protect" > "Encrypt" button, then deselect the open password and save your PDF file to remove the password. 

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Step 3Edit 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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How to Open Password Protected PDF Online

If you are looking for an online solution to your problem of opening a password-protected PDF, these steps are for you;

Step 1 Go to the website

Go to the HiPDF online password remover page and you upload your document by clicking on the blue option in the middle “Choose File”.

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Step 2 Enter the password

Once the document is uploaded, you need to enter the correct password and then click on the button “Unlock” and the password from your file will be removed.

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Step 3 Download PDF Document

Now that the password from the file is removed, you can download the PDF by clicking on the “Download” button and save the document at your desired location. If you forgot pdf password, HiPDF is the best way to open it online.

How to open password protected PDF online without password?

There are many online PDF unlockers to open password-protected PDFs, however, all these online tools require the owner's password to open a locked PDF file. If you don't have a password, it is impossible to open password-protected PDF online. If you don't know the password or have forgotten the PDF password, you can:

  • Contact the owner of the PDF file. If the password-protected PDF is created by someone else, you can ask the owner for the password.
  • Check your email. If the locked PDF is sent to you from someone else, you can check the password is included in an email.

How to Remove PDF 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 1Import 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.

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Step 2Choose 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 was unable to gain access to it.

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Step 3Open 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.

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How to Open Locked PDF with Google Drive

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 1Upload PDF File

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.

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Step 2Open Locked 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.

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Step 3Download PDF without Password

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.

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How to Open PDF with Password Using Google Chrome

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 1Open PDF with Password

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 2Remove PDF 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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Frequently Asked Questions about Protected PDF

1. How to remove password from PDF in Adobe Reader?

If you have Adobe Acrobat on your computer, you can remove password from PDF with the following steps: Go to "Tools" > "Protect" > "Encrypt", select "Remove Security" and enter your password to remove.

2. What to do if I forgot PDF password?

There are not many effective methods to open a protected PDF file if you have forgotten PDF password. A workaround is changing the file format to txt. After saving the PDF as Rich Text Format, open it with Notepad, search for Password hash and change it to no password. Learn more about What to Do If You Forgot PDF Password to Edit

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