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How to Edit a Secured PDF

by Sara Gattoni

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Is it possible to edit a secured PDF? Sure. In this article we will explain how to remove security from a PDF and edit it.

Limiting access to a PDF by setting passwords and restricting certain features, such as editing or printing, can sometimes be useful especially if we are talking about important documents that shouldn’t be modified. But password protected PDFs can still be accessed, edited and printed by removing their encryption. With Smallpdf, unlocking your file for editing it's easy.

🤖 A secured PDF document is not supposed to be edited unless you are the author. Before you start, promise you have the rights to remove the protection of your file!

How to edit a secured PDF file online

  1. Pop a PDF into our Unlock PDF tool.

  2. Check the box and start the process.

  3. If there’s no strong encryption on your PDF, the process will complete within seconds. If the file is thoroughly encrypted, unlock it by providing the correct password.

  4. Click on the Edit tool icon which appear once the file is ready for download, to start editing your PDF.

  5. Once you are done modifying your document, click the download button to save your PDF locally.


How to edit a secured PDF online with Smallpdf.

How to edit a secured PDF file offline:

  1. Download and Install Smallpdf Desktop.

  2. Open the application and click Unlock.

  3. Drag one or multiple files into the toolbox.

  4. Choose the output folder by revealing the “Save to” options and click on the “Unlock Files” button. The file will be automatically saved in your preferred location.

  5. Click on PDF to Office, drag your file in the dropping area and convert it to Word format for editing.

Edit a secured PDF offline

How to edit a secured PDF Offline with Smallpdf.



Unsure if how to unlock PDF files on Mac, Wndows, Ios, Android or any other system you might need? works on all platforms. That's right - even Linux.

Conversely, if you want to secure a document for sharing or archiving, the Protect PDF tool encrypts your PDF with a password to prevent unauthorized access to the file content. Enjoy the modification!

Editing a secured PDF has never been easier!
Sara Gattoni
Sara Gattoni
Marketing & BI