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Forgot the password of PDF file

New Here ,
Jul 30, 2017 Jul 30, 2017

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I created a PDF file long ago, but now I forgot the password. How can I recover my password or open the file??

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Community Expert , Jul 30, 2017 Jul 30, 2017

Remember the password or re-create the file.

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Jul 30, 2017 Jul 30, 2017

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Remember the password or re-create the file.

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New Here ,
Dec 10, 2018 Dec 10, 2018

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same here. I scanned my tax delaration and saved it with a password. Is there no way the password can be sent to me?

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Community Expert ,
Dec 10, 2018 Dec 10, 2018

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https://forums.adobe.com/people/Sabine+G%C3%B6sker  wrote

Is there no way the password can be sent to me?

Adobe does not keep the passwords. No one keeps the passwords except for you and the people you give them to. No, sorry, this is impossible.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 16, 2019 Mar 16, 2019

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I'm having this issue too. It would be great if Adobe could figure out a way for users to address this issue...thx

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Community Expert ,
Mar 16, 2019 Mar 16, 2019

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Hi scubagirl917

The password is there for a reason, and I hope for the opposite — that Adobe never does this!

This is a user-to-user forum, and I do not speak for Adobe. It's my own personal opinion.

You might want to consider using the Manage Security Policies built into the paid version of Acrobat (not the free Reader) or keep better track of the passwords you create so that you don't forget them. Or don't password protect the PDFs. It won't help for your current document, but it might help for future documents.

~ Jane

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LEGEND ,
Mar 16, 2019 Mar 16, 2019

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It would be great if people thought it twice before password protecting any file, and kept  in a safe place a record of all the passwords they use.

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New Here ,
Sep 06, 2018 Sep 06, 2018

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Can give the solution to open my pdf

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New Here ,
Sep 06, 2018 Sep 06, 2018

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I forgot my pdf password

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Community Expert ,
Sep 06, 2018 Sep 06, 2018

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Read my old reply.

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 01, 2019 Jul 01, 2019

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Not very helpful here. Please don't respond and waste peoples time.

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Jul 01, 2019 Jul 01, 2019

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Jul 01, 2019 Jul 01, 2019

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What is your problem?

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 01, 2019 Jul 01, 2019

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please see your replies above. Your not very helpful are you "Remember the password or re-create the file." then they asked the question again and you said "Read my old reply."

No point in you answering if you're going to be unhelpful. Genuine question and to then get berated by you. GROW UP.

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Jul 01, 2019 Jul 01, 2019

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My reply was and is correct.

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New Here ,
Jan 15, 2020 Jan 15, 2020

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i might be able to help.  is it password protected to open the file? or is it the Security Document Settings.  I have not tried to do an open password PDF but if you need to remove the PDF security setting that can be done.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 16, 2020 Jan 16, 2020

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That can get you booted from the forums as well. We do not discuss bypassing Adobe security functions here.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 28, 2020 Mar 28, 2020

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The file is already password protected. The issue is not being able to log in. 

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LEGEND ,
Mar 28, 2020 Mar 28, 2020

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If you can't log in please start a new discussion, as people who might help won't read any comments in this post. Please include a lot more detail (but no personal info). What are you trying to log in to? (DON'T HIT REPLY)

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New Here ,
May 26, 2020 May 26, 2020

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I have the same issue but there are few paid pdf password recovery tools online, does it work? 

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May 26, 2020 May 26, 2020

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You may not discuss such tools here.

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May 26, 2020 May 26, 2020

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The password isn't “hidden” someplace within the PDF file or elsewhere.

 

Typically, such “services” for password recovery use brute force methods of guessing at passwords, trying common passwords that are typically used on the internet (such as 123456) and then attempting to guess passwords based on commonly used names and letters. Such brute force approaches sometimes work and sometimes don't, depending how much time and compute power the “service” has. It isn't much different that trying to guess the combinations for physical combination locks.

 

- Dov Isaacs, former Adobe Principal Scientist (April 30, 1990 - May 30, 2021)

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