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Q: Want to create a locked PDF with editable fields to be filled in? ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Want to create a locked PDF with editable fields to be filled in?
Category: Computers > Software
Asked by: lizardnation-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 21 May 2003 06:22 PDT
Expires: 20 Jun 2003 06:22 PDT
Question ID: 206746

I can create locked PDFs, but I would like to leave some fields
editable for people to fill in before they print the document.

How and what sort of fields?  Meaning, text, date, picklists and so

Assume that I've got the Adobe Acrobat creation package.

Thank you.

Subject: Re: Want to create a locked PDF with editable fields to be filled in?
Answered By: joey-ga on 21 May 2003 07:32 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi there.

The first step is to create the basic PDF document with no fields
(e.g. by printing from Microsoft Word, etc. to Adobe Acrobat

Then, you should go into Adobe Acrobat to view the file.  Make sure
that the "editing" toolbar is visible by the other tools at the top
(it's the toolbar that shows, in order, the following tools: "movie
tool", "link tool", "article tool", "crop tool", "form tool", and
"touch-up text tool".) If this toolbar is not visible, right-click in
a blank section of the toolbar area and click "Editing" -- this should
make it appear.

Click the "form tool" button.  Then, in your document, click and drag
to draw the size of your field.  When you let up with the mouse, an
options window will pop up allowing you to set what type of field it
is (textbox, checkbox, list, etc.), the fonts used in it, and other

Once you have created all of these fields and dragged them to where
you like, you should click File: Document Security.  Choose "Acrobat
Standard Security" and a pop-up window should appear.  If you want a
document that is generally uneditable and prohibits "extraction" (e.g.
copying and pasting from it), check the middle two boxes at the bottom
that mention these two concerns.  It is imperative that "No Printing"
and "No Adding or Changing Comments or Form Fields" are both left
UNCHECKED for your purposes.

Enter a password in the second box above ("Master Password") if you'll
want to change these settings later (this I recommend.)

Take care, and please let me know if I can be of further assistance.


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lizardnation-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Complete answer! :-)

Thank you.


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