The Key To Unlocking Locked PDF Files
PDF files are a convenient way to share electronic files as well as securing them but what happens when you encountered PDF data which has been locked down to prevent you from printing, editing or annotating them?
In my experience, this has occurred when I have received bank records. Bank of America is notorious for locking down their PDF files. This is a good thing to protect the data but it can be challenging when you have to process them to meet discovery deadlines. You COULD try to ask the originator to provide the password but good luck with that. I have never had success with that method. So is there a way to workaround locked PDF files?
First, trying saving the PDF file as a .TIF file and then back to PDF format. If this doesn't work, try this:
- Select the PDF to print
- Change printer to MICROSOFT XPS DOCUMENT WRITER
- Open the version created by Microsoft XPS Document Writer and then save back to PDF format.
- You have encrypted a PDF files a long time ago and forgot the password
- You downloaded a password-protected PDF file on the Internet, and you can't print, edit or copy this PDF document
- Your former colleague or client encrypted a critical report in PDF format, you need to print this report, but you the person and get the password