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I have protected my PDF document to allow only printing, form filling and signing.

Although the edit/copy function is greyed out, it still allows me to copy and paste the contents to a Word document by using the Ctrl+ C  Ctrl+V functions.  This is surely a major flaw!

How can I prevent this from being allowed?

this is very odd because I could copy and paste from the original but not the copied document.

I've since copied the original and saved it again as is and I can't copy but I can copy the original!  bizarre.

The only thing I've done is copy the secured to a new file!  oh well the issue has resolved itself even though I've done nothing different.

Thank you for your perseverance!

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Protected document still lets me copy and paste from it

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I have protected my PDF document to allow only printing, form filling and signing.

Although the edit/copy function is greyed out, it still allows me to copy and paste the contents to a Word document by using the Ctrl+ C  Ctrl+V functions.  This is surely a major flaw!

How can I prevent this from being allowed?

this is very odd because I could copy and paste from the original but not the copied document.

I've since copied the original and saved it again as is and I can't copy but I can copy the original!  bizarre.

The only thing I've done is copy the secured to a new file!  oh well the issue has resolved itself even though I've done nothing different.

Thank you for your perseverance!

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Did you make sure the "Enable copying of text, images and other content"

box is NOT ticked?

Be aware that many non-Adobe applications do not enforce these

restrictions. You're only guaranteed it will work when using Adobe software.

On Thu, Oct 19, 2017 at 2:05 PM, AJ- monster <forums_noreply@adobe.com>

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The checkbox was not ticked and the properties say copying is not allowed, yet it still allows me to copy and paste.

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In what application are you opening it?

Also, did you make sure to save and close the file after applying the security policy?

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Acrobat DC and yes I did.

It's a massive flaw so far as I can see.  I can lock down a Word fillable forms fine and it doesn't allow any copy paste actions or shortcodes so why does Adobe allow it.

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If you are the creator of the file, and you haven't closed Acrobat between setting the security and checking, then Acrobat remembers that you are the owner and grants all permissions when the file is reopened (part of the recent-files cache).

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actually I thought that solved it, but when i closed down acrobat and reopened after some time, I can still copy and paste the document

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I clearly asked you before if you saved and ​closed​ the file after applying the security policy...

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I am sorry, I misunderstood you.  You said did I save and close the file.  I did both of those.  Margeuritek asked did I close Acrobat - to me a different answer.

It still resulted in the same thing I'm afraid.  I can still copy and paste the document, so no matter my interpretation, neither thing solved the issue.

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Can you share this file with us?

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Are you sure that you open the document in Adobe Acrobat?

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I'm afraid not as it's a confidential doc

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I am very sure.  I created it using Acrobat!

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That's not quite the same thing. Sorry to labour the point, but we have OFTEN seen a misunderstanding here and we need to be absolutely sure. The question is not about what is installed, or how it was made, but what is actually in use. Many, many people are found to be using a browser, like Chrome, or an email app, or something else, which they just assume is using Acrobat because they can see the PDF. I assume you well know that many apps just ignore security.

When you can use Ctrl+C, do you see the Acrobat window, with title bar at the top saying Adobe Acrobat, and that is the window in which you can select and Ctrl+C? If so, what is the EXACT version of Acrobat (Use Help > About) and what tool is active in the toolbar?

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I appreciate what you are saying, but my point was that if I created it using Acrobat, one would assume I know what I'm talking about when I say I opened it using Acrobat.

For clarification, I created it using Acrobat DC, it is sufficiently locked down and security properties are showing that copying is "not allowed".  I have closed and reopened Acrobat (and even shut down my PC) but the the document opened in Acrobat is still enabling me to copy and paste using the Ctrl C & Ctrl V functions.

I hope that makes things clearer.  Unfortunately because of the nature of the document I am unable to share the actual file here.

here is a screenshot of the file

2017-10-20_0958

here is a screenshot of the version I am using

2017-10-20_1000

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What happens when you disallow also form filling?

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Create a file that doesn't contain sensitive information and apply the same security policy to it, and then share it.

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When I disallow form filling and choose NONE, I can still copy and paste.

Also the page extraction then shows as allowed. 

2017-10-20_1003

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i have created a one page file with i have added the same restrictions and now the Page extraction is allowed.  Before it wasn't but still makes no difference in the cut and paste.

Dropbox - testdoc 20 october.pdf

I need this document to be able to have a logo added (i.e. image form field ) plus it needs to be printable.

any ideas?

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When I open this file in Acrobat (XI) Page Extraction is not allowed, nor can I copy and paste text from it.

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In Acrobat DC I can't copy text from this document.

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this is very odd because I could copy and paste from the original but not the copied document.

I've since copied the original and saved it again as is and I can't copy but I can copy the original!  bizarre.

The only thing I've done is copy the secured to a new file!  oh well the issue has resolved itself even though I've done nothing different.

Thank you for your perseverance!

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Hi, there.
I'm having the same problem. The only way it prevents copy/pasting is if I disable the printing option. Otherwise, copy/paste is allowed. I send the pdf to several colleagues. All of them can copy/paste from it. Screen Shot 2020-08-10 at 19.17.59.png

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