If you are a hard core Adobe user, you are no stranger to PDF files. Right? So you probably know that some PDF are password protected. And this password needs to be taken care of sometimes. What I mean to say here is this –you might sometimes be of the wish to remove the password protection that your PDF has. And if you are of this wish, how would you go about doing that? Now, I shall risk sounding a bit like an elitist over here [even though I am not an Apple product user in any way and never have been; I probably never will be either. This however does not mean that I hold a personal grudge against them; I do not. I do not even go about dissuading people from buying them. It is just that personally, I am happy without an Apple product.]. Okay… I seem to have rambled off there. My apologies. What I was attempting to say was this, that I shall risk sounding a bit like an elitist over here, despite owning no Apple products, because this article is solely for Mac users. Even more specifically, this article is aimed at only that Mac user’s whose computers run on the OS X. So… for this article to be of any value to you, you need to check off four important criteria.
If you are an person who meets all the above criteria, I dare say this article could be useful to you. Presently, going to the fundamental piece of this article: Many users may be prone to send PDF files that contain important data over the internet, via email. Most of these PDF files are password protected because the authors or senders of these files do not want the PDF files to be read by the wrong people. Thus, only authorized people can use and read these PDF files. This is a fairly common practice in today’s world where people send across contracts and financial records, etc. over to another person over email. However, sometimes you may need to remove the encrypted password of these files to be able to use the information [yes, sometimes you might be an authorized and designated and desired reader of the file without the correct instructions to unlock a secured PDF without a password.]. So what would you do then? Now, I am assuming you are a Mac user with the OS X running on your Mac. [If you are not, and you have already read this article so far, this is a real travesty! You have effectively wasted your time reading something that is of no clear use to you. What a shame!] How do you go about removing that encrypted password that is such a wholesome part of the password protected PDF that is an attachment in the email you have just received? The answer, my friend, is not that difficult. The steps are really simple. Just follow them, and you should be good to go!
Now, to do this you do need to put in the sender-provided password. Considering you are indeed the desired recipient of the PDF file, you will be provided with a password to access the document. Enter the provided password to gain access to the document.
This does not need quite a bit of a clarification. Just choose the “File” option on your screen.
Just like step 3 above, step 4 does not need much of an explanation either. Just select the “Save As” option on your screen.
You re now required to save the PDF somewhere on your Mac, under a name that you wish to give it. Do so.
When you are saving the PDF, you have the option to not save it as one which is encrypted with a previously provided password. In fact, this is the stage where can finally be able to remove the encrypted password. Just remember one simple step. When you are saving the PDF, DO NOT check the box next to “Encrypt”.
If you have managed to follow all the above instructions as they are mentioned, and not messed up anywhere along the way, your newly saved PDF should be password less!