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How can I compress a fillable PDF Form with Adobe Pro without "losing" the fillable fields

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Apr 08, 2024 Apr 08, 2024

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Hello,

I am trying to reduce the size of a fillable PDF form in Adobe Acrobat Pro, but every time the fillable fields disappear (= it is not a form that you can fill in on your computer any more, but you can only fill it once you have printed it).

Could you please help me with this? 

Thanks a lot in advance.

BR,

Béatrice

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Apr 08, 2024 Apr 08, 2024

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If it's not meant to be filled in on the computer, why do you need form fields at all? Flatten them so they become static content, and then optimize the file.

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It is meant to be filled in on the computer. 

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Sorry, I misunderstood you, then...

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How do you compress the form?

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I tried by using the standard and the advanced options of the Optimize PDF tool, as well as by saving the form with a reduced size. I think it might depend on the options I select in the different settings available in the Advanced Optimization of the tool. If so, I have not idea which I should choose...

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Don't flatten the form fields at the optimizer.

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Under the Discard Objects section of the PDF Optimizer dialog:

 

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Unfortunately it flattens the fields even if I do not select the option. In my opinion this might be because of the environment I am working in (in my company), so I will contact my IT colleagues.

Thanks a lot for your help anyway @Bernd Alheit and @try67 ! 

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