The Adobe PDF format allows businesses to create documents from virtually any application and share them whether the recipient has the program that created the file or not. If you have PDFs you created in the past, you can reuse them for other purposes with a few simple edits in many cases. However, if you enabled security features to prevent editing of a PDF and then subsequently forgot the security password, you can use free tools on the Internet to remove the protection from your password-protected PDF documents.
- 1.Open your Web browser and navigate to a website that allows you to unlock PDF files and remove editing permissions to remove editing restrictions on password-protected PDF files. Websites such as PDFUnlock.com, Online2PDF.com and Unlock-PDF.com all enable users to remove editing passwords from PDF documents with a few mouse clicks (links in Resources).
- 2.Click “Browse” or “Select File” on the PDF-unlocker website homepage to display a file browser window. Navigate to and open the folder on your hard drive that contains the password-protected PDF file you want to unlock. Highlight and select the filename of the locked PDF document and click the “Open” button.
- 3.Click “Crack,” “Remove Password,” “Remove Protection,” “Unlock” or another similarly named button on the PDF-unlocker site. Wait while the unlocker website uploads the protected PDF file from your computer to the site server, decrypts it and removes the editing password. The amount of time it takes to remove the password protection from the PDF file depends on the size of the file. For smaller files, the site should upload and decrypt the file in a minute or two. For larger PDF documents, the upload and password removal process could take up to an hour or more depending on the speed of your Internet connection.
- 4.Click “Download,” “Download Unlocked Version” or “Download Unprotected PDF” or another similar link on the unlocker website. After you click the appropriate download link, click “OK” or “Save” in the browser pop-up window and then choose a folder on your hard drive in which to save the new unlocked version of the PDF file. Click “OK” or “Save” to download the unprotected PDF file and save it to the selected folder on your computer.
- 5.Launch a PDF-creation or PDF-editing application such as Adobe Acrobat or Foxit (links in Resources) and then open the new unlocked version of the PDF file in the program.
- 6.Change text, field names or perform other edit to the new unprotected PDF file as needed. Click “File” and then “Save” to save the edited version of the PDF document.