How can I save a form I have filled in as a PDF that is non-fillable without the blue bars

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Aug 18, 2022 Aug 18, 2022

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I have designed a certificate for a client to provide to their customers. The certificate has different details per customer so the client needs to be able to fill it in and then send a non-fillable version (without the blue bars) to their client. 

I have fine-tuned the design in Acrobat so the text that gets typed in is a certain colour and is centred etc. If I open the form using a web browser then all the formating is lost. Not an option. 

If I open it using my Acrobat, then I can not save it as a PDF without the blue bars and not fillable. Frustrating me no end! I thought maybe I could print as a PDF but that is not possible in Acrobat. I'm told I have to Save As. But that just gives me fillable filled-in form with the blue bars. I tried using Acrobat Reader instead of Pro and the same thing happens. 

I used to be able to make a form and then once it was filled out and saved, it could no longer be filled out...as in, it was just a PDF. 

Can anyone help? 

 

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When it was filled out sign it with a digital signature.

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I guess that could work if I can sign with a signature that is not visible. Ill take a look at that option. 

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Aug 19, 2022 Aug 19, 2022

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The easiest way is to flatten the fields, converting them to static contents.

To do so you can create a Custom Command or an Action with the following JavaScript code and then run it on your file:

this.flattenPages();

Note this process is not reversible, so maybe save the file under a new name once you flatten it, just in case you want to edit the fields later on.

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