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Save a fillable form as non-fillable

Community Beginner ,
Jul 08, 2015 Jul 08, 2015

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I am using Adobe Acrobat Reader DC - how can I save a fillable form I have filled in as non-editable by the people I send it to?

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cybelex

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Jul 08, 2015 Jul 08, 2015

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Hi cybelex,

Please let me know the application using which the form is created?

Regards,

Aadesh

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 08, 2015 Jul 08, 2015

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Hi Aadesh

The document has been created with Adobe Acrobat X Pro by our graphic designer. It is a certificate template which I then enter the details into the fields and want to send on to the learner - however, I don't want the learner to be able to change the details in the fields and create their own certificates! Even if I save the document with a different name and email it, the recipient can still edit the fields. How can I get around this? I do not have Adobe Acrobat X Pro on my machine, only Adobe Acrobat Reader DC.

Thanks

Jane 🙂

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Hi cybelex,

Such restrictions cannot be implemented using  Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. You will need Acrobat for it.

Try suggestion from this link: How to "flatten" a pdf in Adobe Acrobat X Pro, Under print production, under tool in Acrobat--> Flattener preview. Also, ::Form Field Flattening in Acrobat X

Regards,

Aadesh

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Jul 08, 2015 Jul 08, 2015

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Thanks Aadesh, although this does not help my situation!

Kind regards

Jane 😞

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Jul 14, 2015 Jul 14, 2015

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After you're done filling out the form, click Print and when you see the drop down menu with your printer name on it, click the arrow and select "PDF" and then Print. It will ask you to name it and where to Save it - after Saving it, go back to it an open it, you should see that it can no longer be edited. You can then attach to email and send.

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Jul 14, 2015 Jul 14, 2015

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acka94029163 wrote:

After you're done filling out the form, click Print and when you see the drop down menu with your printer name on it, click the arrow and select "PDF" and then Print. It will ask you to name it and where to Save it - after Saving it, go back to it an open it, you should see that it can no longer be edited. You can then attach to email and send.

That requires having Acrobat Pro or some other pdf printer on your system and is not available with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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Oct 02, 2020 Oct 02, 2020

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You can go into each feild and set it to read only then save it, or you can print and scan it.

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Oct 03, 2020 Oct 03, 2020

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You can't do that with the free Reader, unless you use a script.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 20, 2023 Mar 20, 2023

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I have Acrobat Pro DC, and printing to PDF is not an option

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Mar 21, 2023 Mar 21, 2023

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Thank you acka94029163 I have so many fill-in forms that I need to email as non-fillable without restricting it with a password. you are a genious. 

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