If you open your PDF on a reader software such as Adobe Acrobat Reader, when you check the File menu, you will notice that the Print command is greyed out, it means the PDF is print-protected. You cannot print the file. The creator of the PDF will have his/her own valid reasons for doing so and do not blame them for that.
Even if you try printing it using the right-click command in Windows Explorer, you'll get a message that such operation is not permitted. But as I have said, there’s a way to circumvent that.
What you do is to open your PDF in your Opera browser. Opening PDFs within the browser is very common. You may have experienced opening a PDF attachment in an email and your web browser will open it directly instead of asking you where to save the file. Simply open Opera and drag your PDF into the browser.
Chances are you will encounter this message, it if doesn't open the PDF right away. Just cancel it and use the Choose File button to locate your PDF.
And it should open now.
The main part of this trick is using the PDF printer built-in in the browser. It's like printing a webpage or a part thereof. Press Ctrl+P to bring out the Print Dialog Box. You will see in the Destination => Save to PDF. If it is not the default selection, click on the dropdown to select it.
What it does is it will convert your PDF into a "new" PDF, which is the printable version. It will ask you where to save your new PDF and just select the folder that you want it saved into. If we open the "new" PDF in Acrobat Reader, you'll see that the Print command is not greyed-out anymore. You can now print the PDF as you wish.
Be noted that the "new" PDF will have a much larger file size than the original one. In this example, my original PDF is 2.9mb and the size of the generated printable PDF is a whopping 33.4mb. It takes a lot of space so I recommend that you delete the "new" PDF once you have printed what you need.
Aside from printing print-protected PDFs, you can also use this trick when you do not have any PDF printer (e.g. CutePDF) installed on your computer and you need to have a PDF of just a few pages of another PDF. For example, you have a PDF manual of your new appliance but you just want to have a PDF copy of the English version, as most manuals come in various languages. You can just do the same steps above and print to PDF all the pages that are in English.
There you have it folks, I hope you learn something from this tutorial and I appreciate your feedback by commenting below.
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