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Saving fillable PDF to a Flattened PDF

New Here ,
May 26, 2021 May 26, 2021

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I don't want to protect the PDF I am looking for an option that when I save the fillable PDF I can save it as a flattened copy of the original. Is there a way to do this?

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May 26, 2021 May 26, 2021

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Hi Shaylen,

 

Thank you for reaching out.

 

As you wish to create a flattened copy after filling the form, you may try adding the digital signature. While adding the signature you can lock the document. It will convert the document to read-only mode. 

 

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You may also try recreating the PDF using the Print option. Once you fill the form, go to File > Print. Then select the Adobe PDF as the printer and click on Print. 

Check if that helps.

 

Let us know how it goes.

 

Thanks,

Meenakshi

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LEGEND ,
May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021

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Be aware that printing "PDF to PDF" is considered a truly terrible thing to do, and should never be recommended to anyone for any purpose.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021

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You can flatten all form fields with this code:

this.flattenPages();

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New Here ,
May 28, 2021 May 28, 2021

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Thank you, I understand the concept behind this where would I enter this code? I am familiar with basic level coding, just not sure where to input this. 🙂

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 29, 2021 May 29, 2021

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You can run it from the Console. See: https://acrobatusers.com/tutorials/javascript_console

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 29, 2021 May 29, 2021

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You can also save as an optimized PDF (File> Save as other). Select Discard Objects and Flatten form fields. Save to a new name.

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