How to flatten PDF form fields using Acrobat X or XI

Learn how to flatten PDF form fields so they are no longer fillable PDF forms using Acrobat X or XI Pro only.

By December 13, 2011


If you have a fillable PDF form that no longer requires filling, but you still need to maintain a copy for archive purposes, you can flatten the PDF form fields. This brief tip explains how to flatten PDF form fields so they are no longer fillable PDF forms using Acrobat X or XI Pro.

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Lori Kassuba

11, 2015-02-13 13, 2015

Hi Cynthia,

PDF Scripting has a JavaScript that can do this for Pro and Std:


Cynthia Dupre

9, 2015-02-09 09, 2015

We don’t have access to Echosign service and need to place stamps on .pdf before they go to vendors….any suggestions on flattening so taht text and stamps are flattened?

Lori Kassuba

10, 2013-05-16 16, 2013

Hi Jo,

You’ll need Acrobat to flatten form fields. Another alternative would be to use the EchoSign service (you can try it for free) and it would take care of this for you.



9, 2013-05-08 08, 2013

Is there a way to flatten using Adobe Reader? I have an estimate form that needs to be filled out, then flattened before e-mailing to a customer.


12, 2012-06-29 29, 2012

Thank you, thank you!!!  I have spent quite a long time trying to find a way to do this.  Yeah!

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