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Convert fillable pdf to read only using vba

New Here ,
Jul 26, 2018 Jul 26, 2018

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Hi I have a fillable pdf with information. I want to convert the fillable pdf to read only programmatically using vba. Is it possible to do so? If so can someone help me with the code?

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Community Expert , Jul 30, 2018 Jul 30, 2018

This is not possible with VBA.

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LEGEND ,
Jul 26, 2018 Jul 26, 2018

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Please define exactly what you mean by “read only“. Perhaps describe what you would do to make this change manually.

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New Here ,
Jul 27, 2018 Jul 27, 2018

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So i want to print data into a pdf and make it read only meaning the data cannot be changed manually after the data is inserted programatically.

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LEGEND ,
Jul 27, 2018 Jul 27, 2018

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So you want the form fields to either not be fillable or to no longer exist, replaced by regular text (the difference is hard to see). In Acrobat (not Reader I think) you can use JavaScript to "flatten" the form.

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New Here ,
Jul 27, 2018 Jul 27, 2018

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No. There are empty fields. i want to fill them using vba and make it un-editable (read only).

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LEGEND ,
Jul 27, 2018 Jul 27, 2018

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setting form fields from VB is certainly possible. You mean unfillable? Or do you mean something else by uneditable? Read only is certainly something else.

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Jul 27, 2018 Jul 27, 2018

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uneditable.

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Jul 27, 2018 Jul 27, 2018

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Ok since you just keep repeating the same word without explaining it, please explain what you would do to make this happen manually (not in a program).

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Jul 30, 2018 Jul 30, 2018

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Sorry i couldn't explain this better. I'm showing you the manual steps.

Step1

Use Adobe Acrobat to open the PDF file you want to restrict as Read-Only. You can adjust security settings only after you convert a file to a PDF.

Step 2

Open "Properties" under the File menu. In the new window that opens, select "Security."

Step 3

Select "Password Security" in the dropdown menu for "Security Method." This is the simplest method to create a read-only document. A new window opens for Password Security Settings.

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Leave unchecked the option to require a password to open the PDF if you don't want to restrict anyone from reading the file.

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Checkmark the option under Permissions to "Restrict editing and printing of the document." Enter a password that will be required to make any changes in the file or its security.

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Select "None" in the drop-down options next to "Printing Allowed:" to prevent printing. Choose "Low Resolution (150 DPI) to allow low quality printing.

Step6

Select "None" for "Changes Allowed." Your other choices include allowing a viewer to fill in form fields and add comments with attached notes.

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Leave unchecked the option to enable copying of text, images and other content. Then click "OK." In a new window, verify your password to enable the security settings

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This is not possible with VBA.

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