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How to Copy Content from Protected PDF File Without Password

Aisha ~ Published: 29-Jan-2019 ~ 4 Minutes Reading

What if I got an important PDF file for my research but it is unfortunately secured by a password. How can I get the data from that protected PDF file? If you also get stuck in the same situation then, you can follow the below write-up to copy text from protected PDF file with efficient solutions. The most streamlined tool is PDF restriction Remover which is easy to use & helps the users to remove PDF file restrictions like printing, editing, copying, and page extraction.

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Extract Text from Protected PDF Using PDF File Unlocker

If your PDF files are protected by the permission password like copying, printing, editing etc., then you will be unable to copy text from protected PDF file. At this situation, user can refer this automated solution to remove Adobe PDF file restrictions without password and can easily copy and paste from secured PDF documents.

Step 1: Launch the software, then click the “Unlock” button to proceed.

Step 2: Browse the PDF file & provide the source path.

Step3: As the file gets loaded, the tool check all the permissions & stats of the current document.

Note: The utility will create a new decrypted PDF file after erasing all the permissions from the PDF file. Select the destination path to save the decrypted PDF file. Click the “Browse” button.

Step 4: After clicking on the “Unlock PDF” button the process will get started to remove the restrictions.

Copy Text from Protected PDF File With Google Chrome

If the permission password of the PDF document has restricted to print, copy or edit. Then you can use the Google Chrome browser to print the secured PDF file to normal PDF file and hence can easily extract text from protected PDF.

Step 1: Open the Protected PDF File

Install & Download Google Chrome browser on your computer & launch it. Select the secured PDF file from the local drive & then drop it into the Chrome Browser, it will automatically get opened in the tab directly.

Step 2: Print the Secured Adobe PDF File

Select the “Print”option from the top-right corner of the browser.

Step 3: Save the File as Normal PDF

Now, click the “Save” button to save it as PDF. After that, open the saved PDF document. Select the text & then press “Ctrl+C” to copy the content.

Copy Text from Protected PDF File Through Snapshot

Follow the below mentioned steps to copy content from secured PDF file.

  1. Open Secure file in Adobe Reader
  2. Go to Tools Menu in Adobe Reader 8 or 9 or Edit Reader in Adobe Reader X.
  3. Now, go to Select & Zoom >> Snapshot Tool in Adobe Reader 8 or 9. Or traverse to “Take a Snapshot” in Adobe Reader X.
  4. Hover on the text to extract text from secured PDF file
  5. Use ‘+’ icon & select the content that needs to be copied
  6. Drag the mouse to select the respective text area
  7. Release the mouse and take the snapshot of the content
  8. After that, open a Word Document file to extract content from the PDF
  9. Press Ctrl+V to paste the content into the .doc file
  10. Repeat the steps for the content left and then save the Word file

Final Note

The PDF text copying is not allowed option is used to secure or protect the PDF file in an Adobe Reader. It prevents privacy and copyright issues so it cannot be used publicly. With the help of this blog post on how to copy content from protected PDF file in all circumstances, you can easily copy and paste from Secured PDF file. Follow the steps to extract text from protected PDF without any data loss.