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How to lock form fields after filling the form

New Here ,
Jan 06, 2017 Jan 06, 2017

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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

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Adobe Employee , Feb 03, 2017 Feb 03, 2017
Hi dinaw6371955, 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.-Tariq Dar.

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Adobe Employee ,
Feb 03, 2017 Feb 03, 2017

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Hi dinaw6371955,

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.

-Tariq Dar.

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New Here ,
Mar 25, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

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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.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 25, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

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They need to sign the digital signature field, and then the form fields will be locked.

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New Here ,
Jun 23, 2021 Jun 23, 2021

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Hi Greg, 

Did you ever figure out a way to do this?  I am having the same problem. 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 23, 2021 Jun 23, 2021

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Look under the Signed tab in the Properties of your signature field.

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 13, 2021 Jul 13, 2021

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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.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 13, 2021 Jul 13, 2021

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You hit CTRL + P to print...


By @Dean.rl

 

This is pretty much the worst way of doing it...

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 13, 2021 Jul 13, 2021

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What are you trying to say Mr? I am just giving a straightforward way on how to get rid of the blue form. Please define your 'worst'. Attached is the result, correct me if I am wrong, Greg and Kelly just want to get rid of the blue thing?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 13, 2021 Jul 13, 2021

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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.

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 13, 2021 Jul 13, 2021

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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.

 

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