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How to Remove Copy Protection from PDF Files for Free?

Sherry James ~ Published: June 26, 2023 ~ 5 Minutes Reading

Do you have a PDF file from which you are unable to copy text or images just because of security? If yes, then you are on the right page because here in this blog we have illustrated different solutions that will let you know how to remove copy protection from PDF files.

PDF protection can be done in two ways one is by adding passwords & other is by applying the restrictions. Password security is added to prevent the document from being accessed by any unauthorized users. While on the other hand restrictions are applied to restrict users from copying, printing, editing, PDF files.

Many times we read online e-books, manuals, journals & we want to copy some important data from it. But, while copying the data we find that the file is not giving the respective permissions. The main reason behind it is the restrictions. Due to these security restrictions, users are unable to copy text from secured PDF document. Therefore, to enable such permissions the user has to unlock secured PDF for copy / paste. So, go through this write-up & get your query resolved.

Manual Method to Remove Copy Protection from PDF Files

Google Chrome provides the functionality to permanently remove passwords & restrictions from PDF files. With this web browser, you can efficiently unlock copy protected file for free. Now, follow these simple steps perform the task:

Using Google Chrome:

  • Open the PDF document in Google Chrome (if secured then enter the password).
  • Click on the Print button present at the top right side.
  • Then, click the Change button under the destination & select Save as PDF’ option.
  • Click the Save button & enter the file name & select the destination location of the new PDF.
  • Now, check the permissions of this resultant PDF file in Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • (For checking the PDF permissions: Go to Adobe Acrobat Reader DC >> Properties >> Security >> Show Details).

Points to be Noted:

Although Google Chrome allows users to unlock secured PDF for copy paste for free but, it has some limitations these are as follows:

  • At a time it can remove restrictions from single document.
  • Can be used only if the Print option is enabled or working.

If the user is having a PDF document containing the copy restrictions as well as the print restrictions then this method can’t be used.

Best Alternative Solution Remove Copy Protection from PDF Files

Manually users can unlock secured files but they must know the drawbacks also. If in case the file is having printing restrictions then the above described manual technique fails. Therefore, there arises a need for some alternate solution that can work even if the file is print restricted. PCVITA PDF File Unlocker Tool to provides such a solution which can remove protection from required files even if it is print restricted too.

With the free demo version of the utility, users can remove PDF restrictions like copy, edit, comment, sign, print security from PDF files. This software is a standalone tool that does not require Adobe Acrobat to be installed to remove various security settings from PDF files. Its user-friendly interface allows users to unlock PDF for printing at once. Users do not need a lot of technical knowledge to install and run the app securely.

Steps to Unlock Secured PDF for Copy Protection

  • Launch the software on the machine to copy password protected PDF files.

PDF Unlocker Software Download

  • Add the PDF Files by choosing the Add File(s) option.

Add PDF File


  • Choose the Destination location to save the resultant PDF.

Select destination

  • Click the Unlock PDF button to start the process to copy password protected PDF.

Click on unlock button

  • Additionally, the message “The PDF file has been unlocked” appears. be shown. Click the “OK” button.

complete the task


With the help of step by step process explained above users can learn how to remove copy protection from PDF files by using Google Chrome for free. But, there are some limitations associated with the Google Chrome method. The users may face difficulty in removing the security from print restricted PDF files while using the Google Chrome method. Therefore, it is advised to use a trustworthy and simple solution to copy password protected PDF documents.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is it possible to unlock copy protected PDF file which is having printing restrictions as well, by using Google Chrome method?

A. No, Google Chrome does not allow you to remove copy protection from PDF file which is also having printing restrictions. If the file is print restricted then this Google Chrome method gets fail. Therefore, in such cases use the automated method.

Q. Is there any risk of data loss associated with the above-described tool?

A. No, there is no risk of data loss with the above automated solution then software works perfectly to unlock secured PDF for copy paste.

Q. Apart from copy restrictions, is it possible to remove other restrictions also with the help of the software?

A. Yes, of course, the tool not only removes copy paste protection PDF file but other restrictions also like printing, editing, signing, commenting, form filling, etc. The software removes permission password from PDF & enable all permissions.

Q. How to unlock protection from PDF files (Invoices)?

A. To unlock copy protected PDF file invoices you can either use manual solution or automated method. But, while performing a manual method be to assure that the file must not have printing restrictions.