How to Remove Password from PDF Files with Google Chrome

Generally, the bank sends monthly credit card statements as password-protected PDF files mostly because they contain personal information. People archive these PDFs into Google Drive but, because these files are protected with a password, the text isn’t searchable inside Drive. Also, each PDF file has a different password so it’s impossible to remember them.

Removing Password from a PDF File

Since the Google Drive is already protected with 2 layers of security – password and 2-factor authentication – it should be OK if we remove the password protection from PDF files before uploading them to Drive.

Google Chrome has a built-in PDF reader and a PDF writer and we can combine the two features to remove the password from any PDF document.

Let’s see how:

1. Drag any password protected PDF file into your Google Chrome browser.

2. Google Chrome will now prompt you to enter the password of the file. Enter the password and hit Enter to open the file.

3. Now go to the File menu in Google Chrome and choose Print                                                                                         

 OR

press Ctrl+P on Windows or Cmd+P on Mac. Choose the destination printer as “Save as PDF” and click the Save button.

Google Chrome will now save the PDF to your desktop but without the password protection. If you re-open this PDF in Chrome, it would no longer require a password to open. Thank you, Ivan Sunga, for the tip.

Alternatively, if you have enabled Google Cloud Print, you can choose the destination as “Save to Google Drive” in the print dialog and the unprotected version of the PDF will be sent straight to your Google Drive from Chrome.

[*] Open the special page chrome://plugins and enable the option that says “Chrome PDF Viewer” to let Chrome natively handle PDF files.

We hope our pdf hack has helped you and if there is any other way that you can perform this task then please don’t forget to tell us in the comments.

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Author: Yash

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