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Help with .pdf files

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by BuckeyeBeliever, May 13, 2004.

  1. quick q on .pdf files

    how can I enter text into fields on .pdf files I have downloaded?

  2. 3yardsandacloud

    3yardsandacloud Administrator Emeritus

    Do you have the full version of Acrobat or just Acrobat Reader?
  3. hey there 3 yards

    I only have reader installed, but I have the full version around here somewhere
    (haven't seen it since we moved :( )

    any suggestions?

    thank you so much for your time!
  4. 3yardsandacloud

    3yardsandacloud Administrator Emeritus

    BB, I do believe you'll need the full version to make text edits. Reader is VERY basic. Mostly it lets you print and view files. Acrobat will let you edit files to a degree depending on how the original user/creator saved the pdf file. Distiller let's you create pdf files. Let me know when/if you get the full version running and I'll step you though it.
  5. my sincere thanks 3yards

    it's stuff from the FEDS, so they must have the fields locked
  6. 3yardsandacloud

    3yardsandacloud Administrator Emeritus

    No problem BB. I need to head out, but if you want to send me the file (later), I can see if the fields can be modifed. Just a thought. If so, send me a PM and I'll get back to you soon.

  7. BIATCHabutuka

    BIATCHabutuka out of chaos comes playoffs

    i used to be a microsoft office junky for work but now that has changed.

    i use a free office suite and it is simply put sweet and to bring this on topic, yes you can edit any pdf with it i believe. download yourself a copy of open office from and install that. it seems to be very stable on my windows xp machine at home and it is absolutely free and damn near as good as microsoft office. it even saves all its files in the MSoffice file extensions if you wish so you can bring them to work if need be.

    i know i have done this in the past, but as i tried right now to leave you instructions i am drawing a blank on how to do it. all i can do is get the plain text to come into open office and not the formatting, fonts, graphics and whatnot. i know i have done this in the past, but it is eluding me right now.

    if all you want is the text, you should be able to press edit in adobe acrobat then select copy to clipboard and then paste it into the word processor of choice and edit it from there. that is probably the simplest method.
  8. NorthShoreBuck

    NorthShoreBuck True Madness Requires Significant Intelligence

    You do need the full version of Adobe Acrobat but I would suspect that the form will be password locked. You will be able to view and print it, much like Reader, but not change anything. Once you get it in the program look for the gold lock in bottom left hand corner and click on properties, it should tell you exactly what you can do. Good Luck.

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