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Learn How to Edit a Secured PDF Without the PASSWORD – 3 Methods

Shini Mohan ~ Published: 19-Nov-2021 ~ How To, PDF, Tech ~ 3 Minutes Reading

Do you want to edit a secured PDF but you have forgotten the password?

Do not worry at all!

This weblog consists of 3 techniques to dispose PDF Restrictions:

  • Adobe Acrobat Pro (Expensive, NEEDS PERMISSION PASSWORD)
  • Google Chrome (Unprofessional, good for individuals, Print option must be enabled)
  • Offline PDF Password Cracking Tool (Affordable, DOES NOT NEED PERMISSION PASSWORD)

What’s a permission password?

This is a Master-level security where you can apply restrictions on PDF. Users might open the PDF but cannot do certain activities like editing, printing, copying etc. A master can block all activities or any of them.

How to Edit a Secured PDF Without the Password

You can use any of the given three methods, whichever suits you!

1. Using Adobe Acrobat Pro

Acrobat Pro is a state-of-the-art software program that is used to create and organize PDFs.

Follow these steps:

Step-1: Open your PDF in Acrobat PRO.

Step-2: Click File >> Properties >> Document Properties dialogue box.

Step-3: Click on Security option and choose ‘No security’ from the list.

Step-4: Give the permission password within the “Enter Password” textbox, then click on “OK.” Click “OK” again for confirmation.

In case you don’t have the permission password or you find Acrobat is quite expensive, try the upcoming methods!

2. Using Google Chrome

This method is absolutely free but unprofessional especially if you are dealing with lots of documents at once. But if you are having few documents, you can try this simple workaround. Also, remember print option must be enabled for this method to work.

Follow these steps:

Step-1: Select the secured PDF and right-click on it.

Step-2: Choose ‘Open with’ >> ‘Chrome Browser’.

Step-3: Right-click on the PDF document >> select Print option.

Step-4: Now, save the PDF with a new name.

3. Recommended Method – Using An Automated Tool

This is the most affordable and professional solution. Also, it is a standalone tool that does not need any internet connection, hence quite safe to use.

For Windows

For Mac

Follow These Steps After Downloading the Tool on Your Mac/ Windows System:

Step 1: Click on ‘Add File(s)’/ ‘Add Folder(s)’ to load PDFs.

Use an automated tool to edit a secured PDF without the password

Step 2: As you can see, the ‘Save’ button is already selected, you can provide the destination location manually or you can click on the “change” button. Click on ‘Next’.

Step 3: Finally, click on the ‘ Unlock’ button.

Unlock secured PDF without the password

Features & Benefits of the Above Tool

1. It is a top notch software program that easily eliminates protection from more than one PDF document in a few seconds.

2. Unlock PDF documents having 128/256 encryptions.

3. Available for Windows & MAC platforms.

4. Following are the PDF restrictions that this tool can dispose quite easily:

  1. Editing
  2. Printing
  3. Copying
  4. Commenting
  5. Signing
  6. Page Extraction
  7. PDF Form Filling
  8. Document Assembly
  9. Bookmarking
  10. Highlighting


In this weblog, you learnt how to edit a secured PDF without the password in 2 ways and with Adobe Acrobat application. Though all methods are fine however, going for an automated option would be far better choice for you.