How to Remove Encryption From a PDF File

by Lysis
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Adobe Acrobat is a software used to create documents that can be password protected. These documents can also incorporate encryption for a higher standard of protection and security. The encryption settings in an Adobe Acrobat PDF file are created by the owner of the document. To remove the document encryption, you need to be the owner or have the password tied to the document properties.

Step 1

Right-click the PDF file and select "Open With." In the list of programs, choose Adobe Acrobat. Make sure that you choose the full version of Adobe Acrobat and not just the reader. The reader does not allow you to make changes to files.

Step 2

Click the "Encryption" button at the top of the window in the main toolbar. The encryption icon looks like a lock.

Step 3

Select "Remove Security" from the list of options in the window that opens. Enter the password into the confirmation window that opens. The password ensures you are the owner of the document.

Save the document by clicking the "Save" button on the main toolbar. The encryption is instantly removed from the document.


  • Encryption is an extra layer of security. When you remove encryption, it makes the file more vulnerable to hackers.


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About the Author

Lysis is the pen name for a former computer programmer and network administrator who now studies biochemistry and biology while ghostwriting for clients. She currently studies health, medicine and autoimmune disorders. Lysis is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in genetic engineering.

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