Remove Copying, Printing, Page Extraction Restrictions From PDF Files

by Rohit Khurana on March 6, 2011


We have to download a lot of data from Internet. And if you have to download a text file, most probably you will find it in the pdf format. But with the pdf document, there are lot of restrictions that come along with them. We cannot print, copy or fill the data. Like if I want the hard copy of that document, I am unable to do it. And if I use various convertors, I found the data to be in distorted format. It is probably of no use anymore. So, I tried to find the solution that the restrictions should be removed in the pdf format only. So, I found a freeware known as SysTools PDF Unlocker.

SysTools PDF Unlocker is a small freeware of 1.67 MB. It will remove certain restrictions from the pdf documents and allow the user to have access to those actions. The user interface is shown in the snapshot below. The actions from which the restrictions will be removed are: printing, content coping, content copying for accessibility, page extraction and filling of form fields.


You have to follow few simple to remove the restrictions. Open the required pdf document. As shown, the restricted actions will be displayed. Then you have to select the destination where you want to store the unlocked file. Click on Unlock PDF. And the process will be done in few seconds.



After the completion of the process, all the options will be check marked which have been unlocked and you can access. The new document will be saved with the name Unlock-<the original name of the document>. I found the tool to be very useful. Now, I can use all the PDF documents in the way I want to use them.

One of the major problems with the tools is that every page is watermarked with the name of tool (SYSTOOLS DEMO). The watermark is too dark to read the text behind. Also, a blank page is inserted after every page. The page shows the link to the developer’s webpage and logo of the tool. Both these things creates troubles while using the freeware. Taking the print out of that document will directly double the cost and a lot of wastage. Otherwise, we can consider the freeware as a vey good option as the users face a lot of problems while using the pdf documents.

The freeware has been tested on Windows 7 and is compatible with the other versions also.

Download SysTools PDF Unlocker

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Rakesh Kumar March 7, 2011 at 3:13 pm

I have some Pdf files which i got it from my college but there are lots of restriction is implemented on it and i hope this tool will solve this. Thanks for sharing.

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