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Remove Restrictions on PDF Files – 2 Methods

Samuel Adams | Modified: 2022-06-15T12:36:48+00:00|How to, PDF | 4 Minutes Reading

“Recently, I found some important notes regarding my college project. I download the file and tried to copy data from it. But, it does not give me permission for content copying. I opened this file using Adobe Acrobat Reader DC and checked the Copy option under the file menu, it appears to be greyed out. Also, under the permission details, all listed PDF permissions are not allowed. Does anyone know a simple solution on how to remove restrictions on PDF file? All leads shall be appreciated”

Portable documents i.e. PDF files are digital documents containing the user’s sensitive data. In order to protect the file from others, people protect them, either with password security or restrictions. However, there could be print, copy, edit, extract, comment, sign restrictions added to the Adobe PDF file. But, there are times when a user needs to unlock PDF security settings if PDF file is protected ,in order to perform certain operations on PDF documents.

What are the Security Settings Applied to PDF Document

Basically, there are two types of security settings applied to PDF files one is by applying passwords and the other is by adding restrictions.

Open Passwords (Also called User Password):
To restrict someone from accessing your content this type of password is added to PDF. Without entering this password no one can open a PDF document. Therefore, to access a secured PDF document it is necessary to have this password.

Permission Security (Also called Owner Password):
This type of security restricts particular functionality when the user opens the PDF document. Basically, the file is restricted from copying, printing, editing, commenting, signing, etc. Therefore, it is needed to remove security settings from PDF document.

How to Check What Security Settings Applied to PDF

1- Open PDF file in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
2- Click the Padlock icon & click Permission Details option
3- In the document menu several options are listed from which click Security
4- View Document Restriction Summary
5- In this summary all the associated permissions with PDF file are present
6- There are three possibilities of permissions i.e. all are allowed, all are not allowed & some are allowed and not allowed

How to Remove Restrictions on PDF File Usind Acrobat

Now, to disable security settings from PDF document it is necessary to follow these steps:
1- Start Adobe Acrobat pro application
2- Open the PDF file & provide a password to view it
3- After that, click the lock icon on the left side of the window
4- Next, click “Permission Details” and select No Security option
5- Now enter a proper password & Click OK button

Note: It is not necessary that everyone is having the full version of Adobe Acrobat Pro application. Many people are also looking for some other application to remove resrictions on PDF files. For this, we have described another desktop utility i.e. Best PDF Password Unlocker by SysTools. With this application, a user can easily remove security settings from PDF document.

Alternative Approach Using Automated Tool by SysTools

Security permissions like copying, changing document, printing, signing, document assembly can be removed by the tool without any hassle. The tool does not have any limitation on the size of the PDF file it can disable security settings of PDF file of any size. Moreover, being an independent utility this PDF security removal application does not require the installation of Adobe Acrobat to unlock PDF security settings. The tool supports all versions of Windows operating system including 10.

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Know-how to Remove Restrictions on PDF Using SysTools PDF Unlocker

Follow the below steps and disable security settings in PDF file:

1- Lunch and Run the tool.
2- Click Add File(s)/ Add Folder(s) button to select the PDF from which security has to be removed.

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3- You can select Print button if you want to get hard copies.

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4- Lastly, click Unlock button and unlock PDF security settings.

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Oftentimes, it happens with users that they try to remove restrictions on PDF files in order to perform the certain task. So, in this blog post, we have described the method to view associated PDF restrictions as well as solutions to unlock PDF security settings. Both the manual & automated tool, are explained user can opt according to their convenience.