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You cannot insert pages from an Adobe XML form into another PDF file...

Community Beginner ,
Jul 17, 2019 Jul 17, 2019

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I am getting this error when trying to combine two PDF files.

As far as I can tell, neither PDF file is an XML file.

The problem PDF file is from the Department of Veterans Affairs website and can be found here: https://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-26-1852-ARE.pdf

If I try to combine this file with any other PDF I get this error.  It looks like a normal PDF file to me, with a .PDF extension.

What's the problem here?

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LEGEND , Jul 17, 2019 Jul 17, 2019

There is a kind of PDF form called an XFA form, which contains XML. It looks like a normal PDF, but the error message shows that you have one of these. Acrobat can fill in these as forms but cannot edit them, including work with pages, in any way.

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There is a kind of PDF form called an XFA form, which contains XML. It looks like a normal PDF, but the error message shows that you have one of these. Acrobat can fill in these as forms but cannot edit them, including work with pages, in any way.

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Ok thanks, good to know.

Any way to convert it into a normal PDF yet still keep the form fillable?  Judging from a search on Google it doesn't look promising.

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Jul 17, 2019 Jul 17, 2019

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No, it's a one way trip. Consider combining using a portfolio. (Combining ordinary forms is often a fraught process, because the form field values get mixed up between them).

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I actually managed to convert it into a normal PDF and was able to overcome my original problem but I used third party tools.  Am I allowed to post info about third party apps here?  I will describe what I did if so.

Thanks to you for suggesting I had an XFA form, I was able to Google what I needed with that info.

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Feb 19, 2020 Feb 19, 2020

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Here's a native solution using Acrobat Pro.

 

I neeeded to combine a W-9 with other PDF docs and had the same issue you described. I was able to combine the documents by using Acrobat to extract and save the pages from the original W-9 document as a new PDF. I then dragged the newly-extracted W-9 PDF into the Page Thumbnails of my other PDF document and saved the PDF without error.

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New Here ,
Feb 18, 2022 Feb 18, 2022

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Thank you! Your tip worked.

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Oct 18, 2022 Oct 18, 2022

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Thank you kindly! You saved my sanity today!

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Mar 06, 2023 Mar 06, 2023

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Thank you so much for the solution!

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