If you need to edit a PDF file, you may be limited in the ways that you can do so. Some programs and websites claim to be able to unlock the editing capabilities of these files, but your best bet may be to learn how to bypass PDF editing security yourself. The following guide will walk you through the steps needed to accomplish this feat.
Download Nitro Pro
Nitro Pro is a PDF editor that lets you bypass PDF security features, allowing you to edit any document, no matter how sensitive. Here’s how to get started:
- Download and install Nitro Pro.
- Open the secured PDF in Nitro Pro.
- Click on the Security tab in the ribbon menu.
- In the Security Method drop-down menu, select No Security.
Click Edit, then Convert
If you’ve ever tried to edit a PDF only to find that it’s locked against editing, you know how frustrating it can be. Fortunately, there are a few workarounds that can help you bypass PDF editing security. First, if the file is uneditable because of restrictions imposed by the original creator of the document or because you don’t have access to an editing tool like Adobe Acrobat Pro or Adobe Acrobat Standard, try converting it first before opening it in your editor. You can also try downloading and installing Foxit Reader from their website (for free) which doesn’t have any restrictions on PDF editing capabilities. And finally, if all else fails and the document will not open at all no matter what tool you use for conversion or opening—try using a free online service like Zamzar or Google Docs where you can upload the file and then download an edited version in just seconds!
Save Converted File
If you need to edit a PDF document but don’t have the password, there are a few ways you can bypass the security. One way is to convert the PDF to another file format, such as a Word document. This can be done using a free online converter or by opening the PDF in Adobe Acrobat and choosing Save As from the File menu. Once you have the document in another format, you can edit it as you would any other document. Just be sure to save it as a PDF again when you’re done so you don’t lose the original formatting.
Open Converted File in Word or Other Text Editor
- In Acrobat, open the secured PDF file that you want to bypass.
- Select File > Save As Other > Reader Extended PDF > Enable Adding Text and Images.
- Click Options and make sure that Document Properties is selected.
- Click Security tab and then click No Security in the Method drop-down list.
- Save the document as a new PDF file.
- Open the new PDF file in Acrobat, and then choose Tools > Forms > Edit.
- You can now add or edit text and images in the PDF document without any restrictions!
Change as Necessary
There are a few ways to bypass PDF editing security, depending on the level of security that has been applied to the document. One way is to simply print the document and then scan it back into your computer as a new PDF. This will remove any security that was applied to the original document. Another way to edit a PDF is by using software that can read encrypted files like Adobe Acrobat Reader DC or Adobe Acrobat Professional DC. These programs have the capability to decrypt secured documents with encryption features enabled and make changes without leaving behind any metadata evidence of tampering.
Create New Document From Existing PDF
To create a new document from an existing PDF, open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat. Then, go to File > Save As > Reader Extended PDF > Enable Additional Features. This will allow you to edit the document, as well as add security features such as a password. If the file is too large and you are unable to save it this way, try using Foxit Reader or Nitro PDF Reader which have more efficient compression rates.