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How to Print a Secured PDF Document without Password

PDF documents containing sensitive information are usually secured with passwords to prevent being opened, printed, edited, and copied. When a PDF file is secured, you can’t print it directly. Typically, to print a secured PDF document, you need to know its password and delete it. But what if you don’t know (or forgot) the password? Don’t worry. This article will provide several easy and effective ways to print a secured PDF document without a password.

3 ways to print a secured PDF document without a password

Tip: Any of the following methods work on the premise that you can open the secured PDF document. If the PDF file has a Document Open Password and you can’t open it, see how to open a password protected PDF document.

Way 1: Using Adobe Acroba

If you know the password of the secured PDF file, just delete the password so that you can print the PDF without restriction. This can be done by using Adobe Acrobat DC.

Step 1: Open the secured PDF document with Adobe Acrobat DC, and then select File > Properties.

select Properties

Step 2: When the Document Properties window opens, select the Security tab and select 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. This will remove the Permissions password (or print protection).

delete security password

Step 3: Now that the print protection is removed, you can print the PDF document without any restrictions.

Way 2: Using iSumsoft UnprotectPDF

iSumsoft UnprotectPDF is not a PDF printer, but a powerful PDF protection removal tool. Why does this tool help you print a secured PDF document without a password?

The reason why your secured PDF file cannot be printed is that it is protected by a Permissions Password. In other words, it is the Permissions Password that prevents the PDF file from being printed. iSumsoft UnprotectPDF can instantly remove any forgotten or unknown Permissions password from the secured PDF file so that you can print it without hindrance. Follow these steps.

Step 1: Download and install iSumsoft UnprotectPDF on your computer. After installation, launch the software tool.


Step 2: Click the “open file” icon on the software interface. When the Open dialog pops up, select the secured PDF file and click the Open button, so the PDF file will be imported into the software.

import secured PDF file

Step 3: After the secured PDF file is imported into the software, the software will detect whether the PDF has a Document Open Password. If it does, you need to enter your Document Open Password correctly before proceeding to the next step. If it doesn’t, go directly to the next step.

enter document password

Step 4: Click the Start button in the lower right corner of the software interface, and immediately, the software will remove the PDF password and save the original secured PDF file as an unprotected one. You can then click OK to quickly open the unprotected PDF document and print it without any password or restrictions.

password removed

Way 3: Using Google Docs

Want to know if there are other solutions? Google Docs is another good option to print a secured PDF document without a password. Here are the steps.

Step 1: Go to the Google Docs webpage in any web browser on your computer, and then sign in with your Google account.

Step 2: Click on the Open File Picker button.

click open file picker

Step 3: When 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 preview 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.