How to Print a Protected PDF File on Mac and Windows


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PDF is pretty much the standard format for professional documents since they are portable and easy to access. PDF files are also easily shared and what's even better, they can be password-protected. Using a password generally prevents the files receivers from opening, copying, editing, or even printing the files. However, you might encounter some difficulties especially when trying to print protected PDF document since it is pass-word protected. This should not worry you because here’s a great solution.

Part 1. The Guide for Printing Protected PDF on Mac (macOS High Sierra Included)

PDFelement - The Best Way to Print Protected PDF

PDFelement Pro is a unique and special application that can easily decrypt secured PDF files, enable copying & editing, and also enable printing function without any problems. The tool is quite easy to use and will definitely impress you with its good performance and speed.

In addition to adding/removing PDF security, PDF Editor 6 Professional for Mac also offers you plenty of powerful editing functions, which lets you touch up your PDFs as you wish. This software is an all-in one solution to create, edit, convert, print PDFs.

Why Choose This PDF Printer:

  • Easily print PDF files and password secured PDFs as your needs.
  • Add watermark, signature and password to PDF.
  • Convert PDF to images, Word, Excel, PPT, EPUB and more formats.
  • Edit and convert scanned PDF files with advanced OCR feature.
  • Mark up and annotate PDF files with multiple markup tools.
  • Allows you to share PDF by Email, Dropbox, or print the PDF file.
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To get a clearer understanding of how it works, below is a step-by-step procedure on how to go about printing a password-protected PDF document on Mac.

Step 1. Open the Password-Protected PDF

Once it's installed, launch PDFelement and you are good to go. Once the program is opened, click on "Open File" button to select the PDF document that you want to print.

Note: If it requires a password to open the file, you need to enter the correct password first.

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Step 2. Remove Password for Printing

Then go the toolbar on the top of the interface and click the "Convert" button. In the pop-up window, customize the page range and the output format. Click "Convert" to start removing the password permission for printing, editing, and copying the PDF.

After the conversion is complete, you may edit, copy, or even print the document with much ease.

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Step 3. Print Protected PDF Files

When everything is done, you can go to "File" > "Print" or press "Command + P" to print the PDF file that you wanted.

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Part 2. The Guide for Printing a Password Protected PDF on Windows

To print PDF documents that are password protected on Windows, you will need a powerful application that can unlock the password permission in the PDF documents to enable printing function. To help you achieve this, I would highly recommend PDFelement Pro.

It is a special application that can easily encrypt and decrypt the PDF documents, which not only enables you to print the documents without any difficulties, but also allows you to perform other functions like editing PDF documents easily on Microsoft Word, marking up and annotating PDF documents easily, converting PDF documents to Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, etc.

Steps to print a password secured PDF file on Windows

One of the main benefits of using PDFelement is that it’s quite easy to use. You do not need any prior experience to go through the whole process of converting and printing a password protected PDF document. All that is needed of you is to follow the simple instructions and you are good to go.

Step 1. Import File to the Software

Launch the program when the installation is complete. On the opened PDFelement interface, click the "Open" button to select the file that you need to print from your local computer.

Note: If a password is required to view the PDF, you need to enter the right password first.

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Step 2. Free the Protected PDF from Printing Restriction

Go to the top toolbar and then select the "Convert" option to open the conversion window. Select the output format to be Microsoft Word and select the range of pages you want to print. Click the "Convert" button and the PDF file will be converted into a Word document.

After the conversion, the new Word document will be free from password permission for printing. Finally, open the converted file and print.

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Step 3. Print a PDF file

To print your PDF, you need to open the File menu and click on "Print" button. On the new opened Window, you can change the print settings according to your needs. Then click on "Print" icon to print the PDF file.

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Part 3. Things You Need to Note When Printing a Protected PDF File

To ensure a smooth flow during the printing process, you need to ensure that the software is running on the right Operating System i.e, Mac/Windows. For example, iSkysoft PDF Editor for Windows may not function on a Mac computer operating with Mac OS X and vice versa. Therefore, you will only get quality service from this application program only if you use it with the right OS.

There might be a huge number of PDF editing softwares but PDFelement has really stood out from the rest. It's truly a remarkable software and the right one to use for editing, copying, PDF creation, and other related tasks.

In general, PDFelement is quite useful for both personal and professional needs. It's an essential tool that fits both the personal and business environment considering its highly impressive performance, efficiency, and speed. With its incredible features, it's truly the best tool that you can use to take your business to the next level.


Ivan Cook

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