How to Print a Secured PDF

Published on: September 20, 2022
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Have you ever needed to print a secured or locked PDF?

While PDF documents with a password or restriction are more secure than regular PDFs, it can be frustrating to quickly print a PDF. Especially if time is of the essence.

Fortunately, once you know the steps it's actually pretty easy! We've compiled the most popular ways to print a secured PDF. Pick the step that works best for you and let's get started!

The 2 Different Types of Secured PDFs

This excerpt is from our How to Edit a Password Protected PDF Guide.

Before we start, it's important we define the different types of passwords that you may find on a PDF file. They can be categorized in two types:

1. Open Passwords — Restrict who can open and view the PDF document.

2. Permission Passwords (aka Restrictions or Limitations) — Restrict who can make changes to the contents of the PDF (editing, copying, printing, etc.)

In this guide, we'll be going with a few assumption:

  • You're able to open the file.
  • You have permission to make changes to the PDF document.

If there's a password needed to open or view the secured PDF document. You'll need to unlock it using the password before you can print.

If you there is no print restrictions on the PDF, AND you can open it normally, then you can print it as normal.

However, if there is print restrictions. You'll first need to remove the unlock the PDF with the password before you can print.

We'll go over a few different ways to print a PDF even if it is secured.

Print a Secured PDF

There's more than one way to print a secured PDF, depending on your needs, the tools you have access to, and the restrictions placed on the PDF.

We've compiled the most popular and general methods to print a secured PDF file.

PDF Editor

The most convenient way to print secured PDFs with by using a PDF editor. A PDF editor will allow you more control when working with secured documents; remove the passwords if you know them.

In this example, we're using PDF Pro, our all-in-one PDF editor, merger, converter, and security tool, because it's affordable and easy to use. But the steps should be similar the PDF editor of your choice.

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Adobe Reader

Adobe Reader is free to use to view and open PDF files. While you'll need to pay for a premium subscription if you want to edit PDFs with it, you're able to open, view, and even print PDFs right from Adobe Reader.

  1. Open the PDF with Adobe Reader.
  2. File
  3. Properties.
  4. Security tab.
  5. From the dropdown, select No Security to remove the printing restriction.
  6. Enter the password to remove the printing restrictions.
  7. Save the changes made to your pdf.
  8. Print button to finally print your PDF.

Adobe Acrobat

If you know the password of the PDF that you want to print, then you can just unlock and delete the password. Then print the PDF as usual.

  1. Open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat
  2. File
  3. Properties
  4. Security Tab.
  5. No Security.
  6. Enter permissions password, then slick OK.
  7. Click OK again.
  8. Save the changes to fully remove password.
  9. Print button.

Web Browser (Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, etc.)

You can use a web browser to open, view, and print secured PDFs. Please note: you must be able to open the PDF and there must NOT be any printing restrictions (or you know the password to unlock the PDF).

  1. Open the PDF in the web browser of your choice (we'll be using Microsoft Edge).
  2. Print button.

Google Drive

A solution for printing secure PDFs using Google Drive is available. Here is a list of steps for following this. You can even do this without needing to access the permissions password of the PDF.

  1. Upload the secure PDF to Google Drive
  2. Click to view the preview of the PDF.
  3. Print button.

Bonus Method: Screenshot

Kind of a sneaky, last resort, type of method. This method works best if the PDF that you're trying to print is a single page (or you can print them out separately), and join the paper versions together again.

Even if there is a password preventing printing or making changes, usually you can still take screenshots. You can then save the screenshot as an image, then print the image normally.

  1. Open the PDF in the program of your choice.
  2. Zoom out so the whole page that you want to print is visible on your screen.
  3. Launch Snipping Tool [Window button] + [shift] + [s].
  4. Use your cursor to select the area you want to print: make a rectangle until the whole page is within your selected area.
  5. Click the thumbnail that pops up at the bottom right of your screen.
  6. Print the image of the PDF page.

Print Secured PDFs in Just a Few Clicks!

We've covered the most helpful and popular methods to print secured PDF files. However, if you work with secured PDFs regularly, you should invest in a PDF editor to save you time (and money).

For a no-nonsense, easy to use PDF editor, we recommend PDF Pro: our all-in-one merger, converter, editor, and security tool.

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Arron StaradubDigital Marketing Specialist
Arron is a Digital Marketer at PDF Pro, where he writes helpful and engaging articles for those that that use PDFs in their daily life. He has a knack for explaining concepts in an easily understandable way. He also loves reading and drinking too much coffee.