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2 Methods to Print a Secured PDF Document without Password

PDF documents containing sensitive information are usually secured with passwords to prevent it from being opened, printed, edited, and copied. If you need to print a PDF document but it is secured and you don’t have the password, what will you do? Take it easy. This post provides two effective solutions for you on how to print a secured PDF document without password.


Method 1: Print a secured PDF document by removing password security

Generally, a secured PDF document can't be printed unless the password security is removed. That being said, you have to remove the permissions password before you can print the PDF document. Follow the steps.

Step 1: Recover PDF Permissions Password.

Tips: This step is for you if you don't have the Change Permissions Password or if you forgot it. If you know the password, skip this step and proceed to Step 2.

1. Download and install the iSumsoft PDF Password Refixer on your computer. After installation, launch it.

2. Click on the Open button in the upper-left corner, then browse for the secured PDF file you want to print and import it into this program.

import secured pdf

3. In order to make password recovery faster, you can set the recovery settings. You can choose a password recovery method from the drop-down menu containing Brute-force, Mask, Dictionary, and Smart, and set the relevant options such as Range, Length, Mask, etc.

choose recovery type

4. Click on the Start button to start searching for the password. If you set the settings correctly, the PDF Permissions Password will be recovered soon and displayed on the screen. Note down the password and close the software. Next, you will use the password to remove the print protection.

Notes: This program can recover permissions password for PDF file created with Adobe Acrobat 9 and earlier, but it might fail to recover permissions password for PDF file created with Adobe Acrobat X and later. If this is the case, move on to method 2.

password recovered

Step 2: Open the secured PDF document with Adobe Acrobat.

Tips: If you are asked to enter a Document Open Password when opening the secured PDF file, enter the correct password. If you forgot or lost the password, the iSumsoft PDF Password Refixer is also available to recover the password.

Step 3: Remove print protection.

1. Click File > Properties.

select properties

2. After the Document Properties opens, make the Security tab selected, and choose No Security from the drop-down menu next to Security Method. When prompted, enter the Permissions Password and click OK. Click OK again, and finally press Ctrl + S to save the changes.

choose no security

3. Now the PDF document is unsecured and you can print it without any password or restrictions.

Method 2: Print secured PDF document with Google Docs

If you don’t have Adobe Acrobat on your computer or if the first method doesn't work for you, how can you print a secured PDF document without password? Luckily, Google Docs can help. Here are the steps.

Step 1: Open Google Docs and log in to your Google account.

Step 2: Click on the Open File Picker button.

click open file picker

Step 3: After the "Open a file” window opens, select the Upload tab, then upload your secured PDF document by dragging it here.

upload secured pdf

Step 4: After uploading, you can view the secured PDF document in Google Docs. Click on the Print button.

click print

Step 5: After it jumps to a new tab, click on Print, then choose a destination and a new name to save the PDF file.

click print in the new tab

Step 6: After printing, the newly saved PDF document is unsecured.