How do you lock a field in a fillable pdf

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Aug 11, 2022 Aug 11, 2022

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We have a form that we need updated once a calendar year.  We have been using fillable pdfs but notice people are reusing the form by changing the date only even though we need fresh information every year.  My question:  "Is there anyway to lock the date field so once completed, it cannot be revised/edited"?

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You can set it to read only in field properties 'General' tab. But anyone with acrobat pro can just uncheck it (but not with reader, I believe). You can use script to keep it read only, it would be a little more difficult to bypass it if they don't know how to delete script from the file.

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Are there other fields in the file? If not, you can flatten it.

Otherwise, just add it as static text. I would be much easier to do and much more difficult to change without having access to Acrobat.

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