Using Google Drive 

  • Open Google Drive. If you aren't already logged into your Google account, you'll need to do so now with your Gmail address and password.
  • Click and drag your PDF into Google Drive. You can also click New in the top right corner of the Google Drive Window, click
  • File Upload , select your PDF, and click OK to upload it.
  • Double-click your selected PDF. If it's a user-locked PDF, you'll need to enter a password and click Submit to view its contents.
  • Hold down Ctrl and tap P . This will open the "Print" screen.
  • If the PDF is user-locked, you'll need to enter the password and then use the Print shortcut again.
  • Click Change . This option should be beneath the "Destination" heading on the left side of your screen.
  • Click Save as PDF . This option is under the "Local Options" heading in the "Select a Destination" window.
  • Click the blue Save button. It's in the top left corner of this screen. Doing so should download the PDF to your computer as an unsecure file.
  • You may have to select a save location before your file properly downloads.
  • Double-click your downloaded PDF.
  • Click File . This is in the top left corner of the screen.
  • Click Properties . It's about halfway down the File drop-down menu.
  • Click the Security tab.
  • Look at the "Security Method" line. It should say "No Security", thereby proving that your PDF is no longer locked
  • This is at the top of the Properties window
  • Method Two
  • Using Adobe Acrobat (Known Password)
  • Open the Adobe Acrobat program. This must be the "Pro" version, not the "Reader" version. Otherwise, you won't be able to remove the password.
  • Click File . This option is in the top left corner of the screen.
  • Alternatively, if your PDF reader has a "Recently Viewed" tab, you can check there to see if the PDF you need is displayed.
  • Click Open . If you elected to look for the PDF in the "Recently Viewed" section, skip this step.
  • Double-click the PDF you wish to open. You may have to select a new directory (e.g., Desktop or Documents) first to locate the PDF in question.
  • Click the padlock icon. It's on the left side of the screen beneath the "Home" tab.
  • If your PDF is user-locked, you'll need to enter the password here first.
  • Click Permission Details . This is a link below the "Security Settings" heading.
  • Click the Security Method box. It will say something like "Password Security".
  • Select No Security . This should be an option in the drop-down menu that appears.
  • Type in the PDF's password.
  • Click OK twice. As long as your password was correct, your PDF will no longer have a password lock on it.


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