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3 Useful Methods to Remove Print Restriction from PDF

author_icon William Wilson time_icon Last updated: Oct 15, 2019 03:08 pm tips_icon PDF

It is very common nowadays to download PDF files from websites or other online sources for the purpose of copying or printing, but some files do not allow users to copy or print them because they are owner-locked which means you need a password to copy, print, or modify the PDF's contents. This article will explain 3 different methods to remove print restriction from PDF files.

Part 1: How to Know If A PDF File Is Restricted

Owners restrict PDF files to protect the data from unauthorized usage. If file is opening and you can view the content but unable to copy, edit or print the PDF file this means that PDF file is encrypted by permissions password.

To know if a PDF file is restricted or not, follow the 2 simple ways listed below.

One method is to check the name of the PDF file. Open the PDF file in Adobe Reader and check the name of the file at the top of the screen. If a file is protected there will be written "SECURED" after the file name.

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The other way is to check the properties of the PDF file.

Step 1: Open the PDF file in Adobe Reader.

Step 2: From File menu select Properties.

Step 3: A window will pop-up. Click the Security tab in the window.

Step 4: Read the Document Restrictions Summary to check restrictions imposed on file.

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Part 2: How to Remove Print Restriction from PDF

Owners of PDF files add restrictions to secure their files. These restrictions usually do not allow the user to print the PDF file. To remove the print restriction from PDF files, follow the methods listed below.

Method 1. Use Adobe Acrobat to Remove Print Restriction from PDF

Adobe Acrobat Reader provides the feature to remove print restrictions from PDF files, but it is necessary to have its pro version which is not free.

To remove print restrictions from PDF files with the help of Adobe Acrobat Reader you need to follow the following steps:

Step 1: Open the PDF file in Adobe Acrobat from which you want to remove the print restriction.

Step 2: Go to File menu and click on Properties.

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Step 3: Click the Security tab in the window popped-up.

Step 4: In the Security Method drop-down menu, select No Security option. Then, save your PDF file.

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Method 2. Use Online Tool to Remove Print Restriction from PDF

The popular online tool for removing print restriction from PDF is iLovePDF. It uses Internet connection to remove print restrictions from PDF files. You have to upload the document online so that the restriction can be removed from it. iLovePDF is easy to use and has a user-friendly interface. It supports 25 different languages to facilitate its users around the globe.

Follow the steps listed below to remove print restriction from PDF by using iLovePDF tool.

Step 1: Navigate to the official site of iLovePDF.

Step 2: Click on the Select PDF files button and browse to the encrypted PDF document.

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Step 3: Click on Unlock PDF.

After step 3 all restrictions and passwords will be removed from the PDF file and restrictions-free PDF file will be downloaded automatically in your system.

Pros:

  • It has a user-friendly interface and is easy to use.

  • Supports 25 languages.

Cons:

  • Internet connection is necessary.

  • It saves your file on the server for 2 hours.

Method 3. Use Professional Software to Remove Print Restriction from PDF

Your PDF file can only be protected from security threats if you use professional software because online tools keep your files in their servers for hours and also require high speed and a stable Internet connection to perform desired actions.

Passper for PDF is professional software which provides you with the most secure and easiest way to remove restrictions and passwords from PDF files. Passper for PDF maintains the integrity of your important PDF files. It is a user-friendly tool that saves time.

Features of Passper for PDF are as follows:

Easy to use: Requires only one click to remove all restrictions from PDF files.

Fast speed: It can remove all restrictions on PDF files within 1 or 2 seconds.

High success rate: All restrictions can be removed successfully by using Passper for PDF.

Multifunctional: Additionally, Passper for PDF can also remove password to open or view the PDF file by recovering the lost or unknown password first.

Compatibility: It supports all versions of Adobe Acrobat or other PDF applications.

Free DownloadFor Win 10/8/7/XP/Vista

Follow the steps listed below to remove print restriction from PDF by using Passper for PDF:

Step 1 After installing, launch Passper for PDF and select the Remove Restrictions option.

homepage of Passper for PDF

Step 2 Add the encrypted PDF file to the software by browsing to the location of the file and click Remove.

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Step 3 This process might take 1 or 2 seconds, the restriction will be removed, and you will have access to print the file.

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Tips: If You Are Locked Out of A PDF File, How to Access

Owners lock PDF files so that no one can open or view the content of the file without password. This type of encryption or password is called document open password and it requires effort to remove the opening password. But Passper for PDF helps to recover opening passwords effortlessly and efficiently so that you can access your PDF files.

Listed below are the steps to recover PDF opening password:

Step 1 Download Passper for PDF and install it on your system. After installing, launch Passper for PDF and select the Recover Password option.

homepage of Passper for PDF

Step 2 Add the encrypted PDF file to the software by browsing to the location of the file. Choose attack type that suits you to decrypt the files.

choose a file and a recovery method

Step 3 After selecting the appropriate attack type, click on Recover for the tool to start looking for a password. Once found, use the displayed password to access your PDF file.

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Conclusion

Securing PDF files with a permissions password is the best way to prevent unwanted modification. But what if you forgot the password of PDF file and want to remove these restrictions to copy or print the file content? Passper for PDF is the best and most convenient software for removing restrictions from PDF files.

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By William Wilson to PDF

Posted on Sep 09, 2019 ( Updated: Oct 15, 2019 )

William Wilson, a blogger who is interested in MS Office software. In the past three years, William has been trying to write articles to help people better understand MS Office software.