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how do I save changes to a fillable form after the form fields have been filled? I dont want it to be editable again. I am working with Adobe Acrobat Standard DC
You can sign a document and choose option lock the document after signing it. https://acrobatusers.com/tutorials/how-to-lock-form-fields-using-a-digital-signature
Let us know if that helps.
This explains how to CREATE a form that can be locked with a signature, but it does not explain how a user who completes a filable form can simply save it as a completed form that can't be altered when emailed to someone else. That's what I need to be able to do.
They need to sign the digital signature field, and then the form fields will be locked.
Did you ever figure out a way to do this? I am having the same problem.
Look under the Signed tab in the Properties of your signature field.
You hit CTRL + P to print, and choose 'Adobe PDF' as your printer, click 'print'. Chose where you want to save it, and voila, it will get rid of the 'blue' form field.
They don't want to just "get rid of the blue thing". They want to make the fields uneditable.
Your method just converts them to static contents. Anyone with Acrobat can then go and edit that text.
Also, in the process of "re-frying" the file you're getting rid of a lot of potentially important information that they might not want to get rid of (metadata, comments, bookmarks, links, to name a few).
So yes, your method will achieve the very narrow goal of getting rid of the editable fields, but in the wider view it doesn't achieve the desired goal and causes damage to the file, which is why I consider it the worst possible option of doing it.
Not to mention it only works in Acrobat, and on Windows. There's no virtual printer on Mac computers, or if the file is used in Reader... Digitally signing the file can be done in Reader and on either platform.
Thank you so much for the clarification, I understand now. There are so many things happening behind the scene.
What I've given out was just a plain and simple straightforward solution, yes indeed very narrow solutions. Because in my case the document is not a concern with all Metadata, comments, bookmarks, links, etc. It is simply getting rid of all 'blue' forms fields so that others couldn't edit the fill text anymore. Very narrow solutions indeed.