The bank sends me the monthly credit card statements as password-protected PDF files probably because they contain personal information. I archive these PDFs into Google Drive but, since 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 and takes just too much effort to find these PDFs later.
REMOVING PASSWORD FROM A PDF FILE
Since your 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.
Is there any software program available that can remove password protection from PDF files? One that doesn’t cost a dime and works on both Mac and Windows? Well, the answer is yes and it is already installed on your computer. The software is called Google Chrome.
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. If you can’t find one, use this sample PDF file – the open password is “labnol” without the quotes.
Google Chrome will now prompt you to enter the password of the file. Enter the password and hit Enter to open the file.
2. 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.