How to Copy Text from Protected PDF on Mac and Windows

Kathy Price
Aug 24, 2022

”How to copy text from password protected PDF files? I need to modify some PDF files but it can not be edited directly. I wanna find the useful software to do this for me.” – Question from Yahoo Answers

When you read a PDF file, you may wish to copy some wonderful sentences and save them for further use. However, you just find the author of the PDF had added password to the PDF file to protect the document from copying, highlighting, annotation and page extraction. You can enter the right password before you can copy text from secured PDF files. But if you don’t have the password, you have to find a third-party tool to help you remove copy protection from PDF.

Coolmuster PDF Password Remover for Mac (or PDF Password Remover ) is a simple yet powerful tool for cracking PDF copy protection. With it, you can one click to unlock PDF files and regain the ability to copy text from password protected PDF files freely. It can also disable the opening restriction from PDF as long as you know the right user password for this PDF. Below are the guides that show you how to copy from protected PDF on Mac and Windows platforms.

Part 1.How to copy text from protected PDF on Mac (including OS X 10.8)

Part 2.How to copy text from secured PDF on Windows (including Windows 8)

Guide for Mac: How to Copy Text from Protected PDF on Mac OS X

First of all, you should download the free trial version of the PDF Password Remover for Mac. Just click the button below to get the installation package. Double-click on the package to install the software and then launch it by clicking on the quick start icon on the computer desktop.


Step 1. Upload Protected PDF Files

After you launch the PDF tool, click "Add Files" button to import the password protected PDF files that you want to remove the copy protection. Batch decryption is supported that you can upload 200+ PDF files at a time.

* If a small lock icon appears on the PDF list, it means the PDF is protected by an user/open password. You need to enter the right open password to unlock the PDF.

* If there is no lock appears, it means the PDF is protected by an owner password and the program will decrypt it directly.

* If you see a cross icon, it means the PDF is not supported by this program.

Step 2. Customize Output Folder

By default, the output PDF files will be saved in the source folder. But you are allowed to select an output folder as you need by clicking the "Browse" button on the bottom of the program.

Step 3. Start to Remove Copy Protection from PDF on Mac

At last, click the "Start" button to remove PDF security right away. Coolmuster PDF Password Remover will complete the whole process within a few seconds. You'll find the decrypted PDF in the preconfigured folder.

Part 2. How to Copy Text from Secured PDF on Windows 8/7/XP?

Step 1. Install and Launch PDF Password Remover

Download and install Coolmuster PDF Password Remover, launch it from your computer desktop.


Step 2. Import PDF Files and Select Output Folder

Click "Add Files" button to input the encrypted PDF files from computer. Then, click the "Browse" button to specify an output folder for saving the decrypted PDFs.

Step 3. Start to Free PDF and Copy Text from Protected PDF

After all the above have set, you can hit on the "Start" button to use the tool to remove copy protection from PDF on your PC. You can right-click on the PDF and choose Decrypt Selected option to decrypt specific PDF.

After the 3 steps above, you can press "Open" button to check the output PDF that free of protection. Now, you are able to copy text from protected PDF and paste it anywhere.


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