How to Remove Print Restrictions from PDF Document on Windows/ Mac OS

Raj Kumar ~ Modified: June 24th, 2021 ~ PDF Management ~ 5 Minutes Reading

PDF files are widely used for printing purposes & are shared across multiple platforms. But, sometimes the user finds difficulty in printing these PDFs & one of the main reasons behind this problem is the “Security”. Just because of the restrictions, some PDF files can’t be printed. Therefore, for the resolution of the problem, we have explained different ways that will let you know how to remove print restrictions from PDF files. But, before that let’s understand one of the user queries which demands to remove restrictions from print-protected PDF files.

User Query:

“Yesterday, I received the project report from one of my colleagues. As we are working on the same project so we divide the task. He mailed his entire working report in PDF file format. But, when I tried to take the print out of those reports, I had found that the Print option is Greyed out. I searched for it & came to know that the main cause behind the problem is the restrictions. So does anyone know the best way to remove print restriction on PDF files? I need to submit this project on an urgent basis. Please Help!!”

How to Print Non-Printable PDF Files: 2 Ways

When we open the protected PDF file with Adobe Acrobat Reader the SECURED tag is added with the file name. Due to this secured status files are restricted for printing, signing, copying, etc. But, there are two methods that can be used to unlock PDF restrictions these are:

  • Adobe Acrobat Pro
  • SysTools PDF Unlocker

For Windows Users

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Remove PDF Printing Restriction by Adobe Acrobat Pro DC


1- Permission password must be known to the user
2- Full version of Adobe Acrobat Pro DC should be available

When both the requirements are full-filled follow these steps & remove print restrictions on PDF files quickly:

  • Open the Adobe Acrobat Pro DC
  • Click the File Option and open the print restricted PDF file


  • Click on the Permission Details option
  • Now, the Document Properties window gets open & then you have to click the Security Tab

  • Under the “Security Method” option Select the No Security option

  • Now, Enter the Permission Password of the secured PDF document & click OK

  • Click OK for confirming that you want to remove PDF printing security

  • Now, click the OK button & go to the File menu
  • Lastly, save this PDF file at any desired location

What If the Permission Password is Not Known?

Adobe Acrobat Pro DC is a multi-functionality program to carry out PDF tasks. But, this method is not helpful when the permission password is not known by the user. Basically, without knowing this owner-level password users can’t remove print restrictions from PDF files by Acrobat Pro DC. Therefore, in such cases, it is advised to use the professional solution by SysTools.

Best Method to Remove Print Restrictions on PDF Files

After considering the various drawbacks associated with the manual approach one can switch to SysTools Adobe PDF Unlocker Software. The utility is the perfect solution that enables permissions to print non-printable PDF documents. Along with the print restrictions, one can also remove other types of restrictions like copying, signing, editing, commenting, document assembly, etc.

The software also offers the functionality to remove known passwords from PDF files. Moreover, users can also save the original PDF file password in the resultant PDF document. Along with this, the tool can unsecure the document having 128/ 256-bit encryption.

How to Remove Print Restrictions from PDF Files Step by Step?

  • Download and run the Software on Windows OS


  • Click on the Add Files / Add Folder button

click export button

  • Choose any of these options “Save” or “Print”

print or save

  • After that, select the destination location by clicking the Change button
  • Now, to initialize the process of removing the print restriction on PDF files click the Unlock button

  • As soon as the file gets unlocked the successful completion message gets pop-up

Now, you have successfully completed the process of removing print restrictions from PDF files.

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Usually, everyone is getting PDF documents, it could be in the form of bank statements, contracts, e-books, manuals, reports, etc. But, sometimes these documents are restricted for printing, as a result, users can’t take a printout of them. Therefore, in this write-up, we have discussed different methods (i.e. manual & automated) which can remove print restrictions from PDF files. However, due to some pitfalls of the manual technique users can opt for the professional software & understand how to print non-printable PDF files quickly.

Related: How to Unlock PDF documents for editing?

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I remove PDF copy/print restrictions at the same time?

Yes, of course, both the manual as well as automated method helps you to remove both copy & print restrictions from PDF at the same time. Along with these two restrictions, other types of security can be also be removed.

How to print non-printable PDF invoices?

For this, just follow the simple steps described in the blog & easily remove printing restrictions on PDF invoices or bills.

I am a Mac user. Can I find a solution that works on Mac OS X?

Yes, with the SysTools Mac PDF Unlocker tool you easily remove print restrictions from PDF files. The software can easily enable these permissions without any hassle.