How to Print Protected PDF Files

Portable Document Format (PDF) files are sent, received and opened by people around the world everyday. The PDF format allows any computer user to open and view a document created on any platform including Windows, Mac and Linux. The files are compact, easily emailed through a variety of servers, and can even be protected with a password to keep individuals from modifying the document within the PDF. One drawback of protected PDFs is the inability to print the file. There is a way around this restriction by using a PDF restriction converter.

Printing a Protected PDF by Using a PDF Restriction Converter

Step 1

Open your computer's Internet browser.

Step 2

Type in the browser's URL box to access the PDF restriction converter "A-PDF Restrictions Remover."

Step 3

Press the "Enter" or "Return" key. Your Internet browser will access the site's PDF converter file. A dialog box will appear on your screen--"Opening a-pdf-rr.exe."

Step 4

Click "Open" or "Run" to download and set up the program directly. Click "Save" or "Save As" to save the program's setup file on your computer for running later--use this option if you using a slow connection like dial-up. The program will download and set up on your computer if you selected the "Open" or "Run" option.

If saving the file to your computer, navigate to the directory where you want to save the file to. Select the "Desktop" if you have a hard time locating downloaded files on your system.

You do not have to access the A-PDF Restrictions Remover website again once the file starts downloading or saving to your computer.

Step 5

Double click on the "a-pdf-rr.exe" icon to open the program, if you selected the "Save" or "Save As" option.

Step 6

Click "Run" when prompted with the "Open File – Security Warning."

Step 7

Click "Next." Click on the circle by the wording "I accept the agreement." Click "Next."

Step 8

Select the directory where you want to save the "A-PDF Restrictions Remover" file. The default is your "C:\Program Files\A-PDF Restrictions Remover" folder. Click "Next."

Step 9

Click "Next," "Install" and then "Finish." A-PDF Restrictions Remover will start automatically.

Step 10

Navigate to the directory where the protected PDF file is located.

Step 11

Right-click on the PDF file name. Select "Remove Restrict & Save As."

Step 12

Select a location to save the converted PDF file to. Click "Save." If you want to change the PDF file's name, enter a new name in the box next to the wording "File name." The protected PDF is now converted to a unprotected one.

Step 13

Double-click on the converted file to open it.

Step 14

Select "File," "Print" and then "OK" to print the unprotected, converted PDF file.

Printing a Protected PDF By Taking a \"Screen Shot\"

Step 1

Open the protected PDF file by double-clicking on the PDF file.

Step 2

Press the "Alt" and "PrtScrn" keys together. The PrtScrn key is located on the upper right-hand side of your keyboard, if using a desktop computer keyboard. If using a laptop, the PrtScrn key is located above the "F10" function key.

If using a Mac, press the "Apple," "Shift" and "3" keys together to perform the screenshot.

Step 3

Open your computer's word processing program by clicking on the program's icon on your system's "Desktop" or from the "All Programs" menu.

Step 4

Press "CTRL" and "V" keys together to paste the screenshot into a blank document.

If using a Mac, click "Edit," "Paste" from the main toolbar at the top of your word processing program.

Step 5

Click "File," "Print" and then "OK" to print the PDF screenshot. If the protected PDF file contains more than one page, press the "PgDn" key and repeat steps 2 through 5.


PDF restriction removal programs are legal to use.

The program A-PDF Restrictions Remover is a shareware program. It will run for free for 15 days. Then you have to purchase the program. Open the program's icon from the “All Programs” menu and click “About” for ordering information.

If using a Mac system, there are third-party applications similar to A-PDF Restrictions Remover for opening/printing protected PDF files. See second Resource link for more information on PDF converters for the Mac platform.

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