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Allow user to fill in a fillable pdf but disallow adding comments and annotation


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Hi there.  I have a fillable pdf created by livecycle designer.  I want to let users fill in the form but prevant them adding comments and annotatons to the form.  I cannot reset the above requirements in form property - form security if I have already set a password and allowed user to fill in the form.  Can I user javascript to that effect during the document loading?


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Level 10

You should be able to set those permissions under the Security tab in Form Properties - what's the problem you're running into?

Also if it is a LiveCycle form then I don't think people can comment or annotate the pdf as it is not compatible with regular Acrobat PDF files.


Level 10


If you save the form as a Dynamic XML Form in the save-as dialogue, then the user will not be able to apply comments. They can only do this in flat or static PDF forms.

See here:

Previous post exploring annotating forms:

Drawing field?

Hope that helps,