Why remove a password?
Password removal is one of those questions people wonder about but are often afraid to ask. While it may sound like a suspicious question, more often than not, passwords need to be removed for benign purposes.
The most common reason to remove a password from protected PDF files is a simple one: You no longer need a password for that information. Perhaps a document is public and its information is no longer considered sensitive or private. It may no longer be shared with anyone, or it might just not need to be secure. At that point, it’s time to remove the lock.
How to remove passwords.
Removing or unlocking a password requires you to have the appropriate permissions to do so. If you don’t have those, you’ll need to locate a policy author or administrator of the secured PDF to make this happen. Then, follow these steps:
1. Open the PDF in Acrobat Pro on Windows or Mac.
2. Choose Tools › Encrypt › Remove Security.
3. If the document has a Document Open password, click OK to remove it.
4. If the document has a permissions password, type the correct password in the Enter Password box and then click OK.
After those steps, congratulations, you’ll have an unlocked PDF. Now, just be sure to save the document so others can access it as well.
Avoid using PDF password remover tools, converters, or other online tools you might find elsewhere, as they can often fail to unlock PDFs and potentially create larger security risks.