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How to be able to fill in a PDF document?

By Healer ·
I have received a PDF document which I am supposed to fill in the spaces. However I can't. I check the Document Properties -> Security. It has the following. I wonder what could be wrong.

Printing: Allowed
Document Assembly: Not Allowed
Content Copying allowed
Content Copying for Accessibility: Allowed
Page Extraction: Allowed
Commenting: Not Allowed
Filling of form fields: Allowed
Signing: Not Allowed
Creation of Template Pages: Not allowed

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Filling in and printing, probably yes, but not saving

by TobiF In reply to How to be able to fill in ...

Typically, you can fill out and print pdf forms. But with Adobe Reader, you always get a warning that you can't save the form with the data.

In most cases, at least some kind of workaround is to install a pdf writer, which will "print to pdf".
This will create a file you can save on your hdd. But afterwards you can't change the contents of any field, since it won't be a form anymore.

I'm happy using PDF redirect, but at http://download.cnet.com/ you can find several programs that do the same thing.

Note, however, that some forms may not allow this kind of "printing".

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Commenting Allowed makes a difference?

by Healer In reply to Filling in and printing, ...

I have a document from another organization with the following security properties. Only difference is "Commenting: Allowed". This document allows me to fill in the fields and save. I am using Adobe Reader all the time.

Printing: Allowed
Document Assembly: Not Allowed
Content Copying allowed
Content Copying for Accessibility: Allowed
Page Extraction: Allowed
Commenting: Allowed
Filling of form fields: Allowed
Signing: Not Allowed
Creation of Template Pages: Not allowed

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Have you tried

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to How to be able to fill in ...

the 'Typewriter' tool?

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Oh, yes, of course.

by TobiF In reply to Have you tried

You can't fill in form in the reader if it is doesn't contain any form controls.
I.e. if you have earlier have been using a form on paper, and now you merely save this document as pdf (or even worse, scan an image of the printed form) then there's nothing to fill in the normal way.
In those cases, the typewriter feature in fresh versions of the reader should be able to help you out.

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How can we enable

by Healer In reply to Oh, yes, of course.

the typewriter option if the document doesn't come with it?

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Are you able to add the Typewriter toolbar

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to How can we enable

via Tools/Customize Toolbars? If not, you may be correct in surmising that the document wasn't properly put together.

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No, I can't.

by Healer In reply to Are you able to add the T ...

What a shame! I thank you for your help!

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Have you tried this workaround

by TobiF In reply to No, I can't.

If you're allowed to print the pdf, you could try:
printing to a virtual pdf printer, like pdf redirect. (Sounds a bit weird, of course, but could help)

If that doesn't help, then an additional step could help: Print to the virtual xps printer. Then open the xps file (xps-viewer should open inside Internet Explorer), from here, "print" to pdf redirect (or similar). Now try again to activate the "typewriter".

Good hunting!

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Can't find free PDF to XPS converter

by Healer In reply to Have you tried this worka ...

It didn't help having printed the original PDF document to the "PDF reDirect v2". Everthing was the same including the Document Security Properties. I couldn't enable the "Typewriter Toolbar*" as it said "*Only available when document rights are enabled."

I have not been able to find free PDF to XPS converter. Microsoft office has an XPS Document Writer but I can't open a pdf document with Microsoft Office.

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xps should occur as a virtual printer.

by TobiF In reply to Have you tried this worka ...

So you need to print from pdf, and select "Microsoft XPS document writer".

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