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How to tell if PDF document editable?

By Healer ·
I accessed a PDF document online. I supposed I could fill in the fields and saved it online but I couldn't. I downloaded it and tried it offline again I couldn't either.

I check the Document Properties -> Security. I do see "Filling of form fields: Allowed". What could be wrong. I do not think I need the Adobe professional application to do the job. I remember I could fill in the fields on one of the PDF forms I had before while having only Adobe reader installed.

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Could be the fault of the person/organization

by OH Smeg In reply to How to tell if PDF docume ...

Who uploaded the PDF and they have screwed up and the File is not editable.

Though if you only have Adobe Reader on your system it's not possible to make changes locally it would need to be On Line.

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by Mehul Bhai In reply to Could be the fault of the ...

You can download the editable PDF file on your machine and can edit even if you have Adobe Reader. But you cannot save the edited version on your PC and can submit online the edited version with or without Digital Signature. I am doing this for my Tax Returns for the last 6-7 years.

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by Healer In reply to Could be the fault of the ...

I have just downloaded the one from http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw4.pdf?portlet=103, I can edit and save it offline.

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Save by printing to another PDF

by oldbaritone In reply to How to tell if PDF docume ...

Adobe blocks saving the data in the form, but with a 3rd-party PDF print driver, such as PDF Creator or Cute PDF (both free) you can print the filled-out form into another non-fillable PDF. You lose the form abilities to make changes, but you preserve the data you have entered.

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by Healer In reply to Save by printing to anoth ...

Don't we have to be able to fill the form in the first place before we can print it to another PDF document? How can I go around and fill the form first?

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by oldbaritone In reply to Save by printing to anoth ...

It depends on whether " I supposed I could fill in the fields and saved it online but I couldn't." means that @Healer couldn't enter the form data, or couldn't save the data after entering it. I have experienced the latter many times. Usually I can enter data, but not save it.

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by Healer In reply to Save by printing to anoth ...

I never have the chance to save it online so I don't know. For all offline PDF forms if I can fill in I can save it.

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Probably the form is bad

by a.portman In reply to How to tell if PDF docume ...

Many websites have PDF forms that are not really forms. To test your system, go to http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw4.pdf?portlet=103 and try to fill in the form. Depending on your browser, it should have a are at the top that says, highlight fields. Even without the form fields being highlighted, you should still be able to edit the form. If you can, it is the particular form and they need to fix it.

If you cannot edit the IRS form, try updating your browser and then updating Acrobat reader.

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by Healer In reply to Probably the form is bad

I try to compare the Document Properties. The one that doesn't work has the following Allowed:
Printing, Content Copying, Content Copying for Accessibility, Page Extraction, Filling of form fields.
Whereas the one that works has everything Allowed except Document Assembly.
The main thing is both allow filling of form fields. So it looks like the setting needs to be more than allowing filling of form fields in order to be able to fill the form fields.

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by a.portman In reply to Probably the form is bad

I think your issue is more basic. The "form" has no fields to fill in. It is a common mistake. Someone types up a form in Word, saves to PDF hangs on a web page and says, "I have a form!" But they don't. They have a document with boxes to fill in. To make a PDF form, you need to create a form in Acrobat (ok, or some other PDF writer. I use the real deal.) That makes a form that can be filled in, like the IRS form.

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