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A basic PDF question

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Aug 22, 2020

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I've downloaded a PDF file that I'd like to fill in using my computer but the file, of course, is "read only".  Can I get a free program to do this with or do I need to buy something from Adobe?
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A basic PDF question

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I've downloaded a PDF file that I'd like to fill in using my computer but the file, of course, is "read only".  Can I get a free program to do this with or do I need to buy something from Adobe?
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Not seeing the file I can't say for sure but "Read Only" means that the creator locked the file. The creator can set the file to read only or prevent printing, etc. If they didn't want you to see it, you would have needed a password to even open it.

 

If there are sections on the page that the creator wants you to fill out, than that does sound strange.

 

When you click on the file does the entire page turn blue? Can you select any text (even if you cannot copy that text)?

 

Thanks, let us know

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Unless the file is locked you can use the free Adobe (Acrobat) Reader to either fill in form fields (if they exist) or add comments to the file.

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