The bank sends me monthly credit card statements as password protected PDF files, mainly because they contain personal information. File these PDF files in Google Drive, but because these files are password protected, text can not be searched in Drive. In addition, each PDF file has a different password, so it is impossible to remember them and it takes too much to find these PDF files later.
Remove the password from a PDF file
Since Google Drive is already protected with two levels of security: password and two-factor authentication, it should be fine if we remove password protection from PDF files before loading them into Drive.
Is there any software program available that can remove password protection from PDF files? One that does not cost a penny and works on Mac and Windows? Well, the answer is yes and that is already installed on your computer. It’s called Google Chrome.
Google Chrome has a built-in PDF reader * and a PDF recorder and we can combine the two functions to remove the password from any PDF document. Let’s see how:
how to remove password from pdf files with google chrome
1. Drag any password–protected PDF file into the Google Chrome browser. If you can not find one, use this sample PDF file: the open password is “howtowhatis” without the quotes.
2. Google Chrome will prompt you to enter the password for the file. Enter the password and press Enter to open the file.
3. Now go to the Google Chrome File menu and select Print (or press Ctrl + P on Windows or Cmd + P on Mac). Choose the target printer as “Save as PDF” and click the Save button.
Alternatively, if you’ve enabled Google Cloud Print, you can choose the destination as “Save to Google Drive” in the print dialog and the unprotected version of the PDF will be sent directly to Google Drive from Chrome.