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Best Method to Remove/Edit PDF File Security Settings

Sherry James | Modified: 2020-02-25T05:58:15+00:00
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Have you ever been in a situation when you want to remove PDF security settings or just want to change PDF file security permissions? If yes? Then, you landed on the right page because here we have covered solutions for both the queries. So, go through this write-up to know how to remove/edit PDF file security settings.

Nowadays, PDF files are widely used for exchanging the data among applications and end users. It has been seen that many times users have secured PDF documents on which they are unable to perform any task. It could copy, edit, sign, print, comment or any other task. Along with these actions files can also be protected either for opening or viewing. Basically, security settings on PDF document do not allow users to perform any action on PDF files hence, they want to remove security from PDF files.

But, it is not necessary that everyone wants to remove PDF security settings, there are many who just only want to change PDF file security permissions like:

1- Restricting PDF printing/ editing and enabling content copying

2- Adding document open password

3- Changing the permission password

4- Encrypting the document contents

Therefore, considering both the things we come up with this write-up and provided the best solution to remove and edit PDF file security settings.

Direct Solution to Remove PDF Security Settings

Basically, there are two types of PDF security settings one is user level and the other one is owner level. If the file is having user level password security then it can’t be opened without entering the correct password. While on the other hand, owner level secured PDF files are having restrictions like edit, print, copy, sign, comment, etc.

Now, to remove both types of security settings from PDF files permanently use PDF File Restriction Remover Software. This tool will allow users to remove owner level permissions from Adobe PDF documents. Security settings like editing, printing, copying, signing, etc can be easily removed by the tool. Users don’t need to worry about the file size limit because the utility supports to work for large size of PDFs. Along with this, it can also remove known user level password security settings from PDF documents.

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Steps to Disable PDF Security Settings Permanently

Perform these steps when you want to remove PDF document security settings:

1- Launch and run the software

2- Select the secured PDF & click the OK button

3- Preview the restrictions present in the PDF document

4- Select the destination location by clicking the Browse button

5- Click the “Unlock PDF” button

Note: The software will request you to enter the password if the file is having document open password security. Otherwise, proceed further.

6- As soon as the software removes PDF security settings, a confirmation message will get displayed.

By following the steps one can learn how to disable PDF file security settings. But, if someone wants to change it then, they can read the next section.

Is it Possible to Change PDF Security Settings by Adobe Reader

No, Adobe Reader does not allow users to change or edit PDF file security settings. It is a free application that can be downloaded for free & can only be used to view PDF files. But, if anyone wants to edit or modify pdf security settings, then they must have Adobe Acrobat Pro. The full version of this Acrobat application can be used to change PDF security permissions. Therefore, to know the complete process go through the next section.

Method to Change or Edit PDF File Security Settings

1- Open the Adobe PDF file in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC

2- Click on the Properties option & click the Security tab

3- After that click on the “Change Settings” button which is next to “Password Security”

4- Now, Adobe Acrobat will ask you to enter the permission password

5- After that, you can change your security settings i.e.

a) Add document open password

b) Restrict PDF for editing, printing, etc.

c) Change the permission password

d) Set compatibility i.e. Acrobat 6.0 and later, Acrobat 7.0 and later, Acrobat X and later

e- Encrypt all document contents

f- Encrypt all documents except metadata

g- Encrypt only file attachments

Users can select any of these options to change PDF file security permissions.


In this article, we have described how to remove or edit PDF file security settings. Users requirement could be any, either they want to remove PDF security settings completely or just need to change them. Therefore, to resolve this query we have given both solutions. Users can select any one of them as per their requirement.