How to Convert Fillable PDF to Regular PDF? Exploring the Free and Paid Ways!

While fillable PDF forms are easily to fill, you may want to convert them to a regular PDF document for many reasons. For instance, you may want to convert fillable PDF to regular PDF because you want to make it uneditable after finishing filling,

But while converting, you might face the challenge as not all the PDF editor tools can work for this.

But don't worry! Today's article will show how to convert fillable PDFs to regular PDFs with two free and two paid methods in detail. So, without further ado, let's see how it will wow us today!

Part 1. 2 Free Way to Convert Fillable Form to Regular PDF

Converting a fillable PDF form to a regular PDF can be a challenge. The format is not compatible with most PDF converters. Besides, some tools have formatting issues in the output file.

The best way to solve this problem is with UPDF. UPDF is a complete toolkit that has many features in one software. If you only want to convert fillable PDF form to regular PDF for free, you can use its printing feature! You can print one by one or in batch.

And except these two features, UPDF has many other features. You can watch the video below to learn more about UPDF's features. And to convert fillable PDF form to regular PDF, you can follow the below guide.

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Here are the top two ways to convert a fillable PDF form to a regular PDF for free. Let's discuss each in detail.

Way 1. Convert a Fillable PDF to one Regular PDF by Printing

If you want to convert a single fillable PDF form to a regular PDF, you can easily do this via the printing option. Follow the steps below for step by step guide:

  1. Download and install the UPDF application on your PC. Sign up or sign in.
  2. On the home screen, navigate the cursor to Open File and click.
Open PDF with UPDF
  1. In the pop-up window, select your fillable PDF form from a local destination on your PC. Click Open.
  2. Go to the File button and choose Print from the drop-down.
Convert Fillable PDF form to regular PDF form via Print option
  1. Choose the print option as Microsoft Print to PDF. Choose Print as Image and click Print. Now, locally save the new file on your PC as a regular PDF.
Print as image to convert fillable PDF form to regular PDF with UPDF
  1. Alternatively, if you do not want to Print as an Image, from the first settings on the left, ensure the 'Comment,' 'Document,' and 'Form Field' box is checked. Choose the page size and orientation and click Apply.
Customize UPDF Print Settings to convert fillable PDF form to regular PDF with UPDF

And that is how to convert a fillable PDF form to a regular PDF. But here is another handy method, especially when dealing with PDF fillable forms in bulk.

Way 2. Convert Fillable PDFs to Regular PDFs by Batch Printing

Now, if you have multiple fillable PDF forms to convert, don't panic. UPDF will do this for you quickly. It effortlessly batch converts PDF files to improve productivity.

Here are the steps to convert fillable forms to regular PDFs by batch printing method:

  1. On the UPDF home screen, click the Batch icon for batch selection of files.
Batch selection button in UPDF
  1. In the next window, click the Print button to print multiple files simultaneously.
Batch Print PDF files in UPDF to convert fillable PDF forms to regular PDFs
  1. Click Add Files. In the file selection pop-up, select multiple files from a local destination on your PC.
  2. Next, on the right side, there are print settings. Choose printing mode as Microsoft Print to PDF. Select Print as Image or otherwise, and make sure the boxes for 'Document', 'Comment,' and 'Form Field' are checked. Choose the other settings like 'Page Size' and 'Orientation' as desired. Click Apply.
batch convert fillable PDF to regular PDF with batch printing with UPDF
  1. A pop-up to save the new files will open. Choose a folder on your PC and click Save. Now, all your forms are converted to regular PDFs.

With a few clicks, your multiple fillable PDF files will be printed into simple PDFs.

You may feel confused about why to use UPDF instead of other methods. One of the reasons is that you can seamlessly edit, annotate, secure, and share your PDFs after conversion. And it is completely free to use if you only need to convert fillable PDF form to regular PDF. Even if you need to use other features in pro version, you can enjoy them at a very low price. Moreover, it now has a big discount, you can get your subscription today to unlock the exclusive features.

After unlocking the premium features, you can seamlessly use UPDF's AI tool and OCR. Moreover, you can use  two other ways to convert a fillable PDF to a regular PDF.

Part 2. 2 Paid Ways to Convert Fillable PDF to Regular PDF

Unlocked the UPDF's exclusive features? Learn how to use its paid features to convert fillable forms to regular PDFs.

This can be done in two ways. Firstly, UPDF has a flattening PDF feature that disables all the interactive form-filling areas.

The second method is via the software's powerful OCR. It quickly scans the pages and converts them to images.

Before checking each of these in detail, you can click the below button to download UPDF.

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Way 1. Convert Fillable PDF to Regular PDF by Flattening PDF

PDF flattening is a way of converting all layers of the PDF forms into one layer so that no one can edit it. 

However, this feature is only accessible in UPDF premium. Here are the steps to use the feature:

  1. Open the UPDF application. On the home screen, click Open and select the file for flattening.
Open PDF Fillable Form File with UPDF
  1. Once the file is open, navigate the cursor to the toolbar on the right side. Click on the Save as Other icon and choose Save as Flatten.
Save as Other icon in UPDF
  1. In the Save as Flatten pop-up, choose Flatten Annotations and Forms. Next, click Save As to save the new file to a destination on your PC.
Flatten Annotations and Forms in UPDF

Quickly flatten the form fields in three steps and create simple regular PDFs.

Next up, we have another method to create uneditable PDFs.

Way 2. Convert Fillable PDF to Regular PDF by Converting to Image Only PDF

For the second method, we will use UPDF's powerful OCR. Here is how to convert fillable PDF to image only PDF.  

  1. In the UPDF software, click Open and select your PDF fillable form file from your PC.
  2. Once the file is opened, the reader's view from the right panel choose OCR.
UPDF for Windows OCR tool icon
  1. In the pop-up, select Image-Only PDF and manipulate the other settings. Once done, click Perform OCR.
Perform Image Only OCR
  1. A dialogue box for saving the new file will pop up. Set a name and save the file on your PC.

The OCR smartly recognizes the form fields and converts them into a regular PDF form. This is how simple it is to use UPDF. Click the below button to download UPDF now.

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Part 3. FAQS About Converting Fillable Form to Regular PDF

Q1. How to Convert Fillable PDF to Regular PDF Online?

To convert a fillable PDF to regular PDF online, use the browser's printing feature, available on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge. Right-click on your file and select Open With > Chrome. Click the 'printer' icon on the top right corner to open print settings. Choose the destination as Microsoft Print to PDF and select 'Pages' and 'Color' settings as desired. Click Print and save the file on your PC.

Q2. How to Convert Fillable PDF to Regular PDF on iPhone/iPad?

UPDF on iOS offers a flattening feature to save the document as a readable file. Open the file on the UPDF app. From the menu drop-down, select Save as Flatten. On the next screen, add a name for the new file, select a folder on the phone, and tap 'Save to Files.'

Q3. How to Convert Fillable PDF to Regular PDF With Adobe?

Open the document with the Adobe application. Click on File and choose Print. Select your desired printing options in the printing settings like 'Page Size,' 'Orientation,' and 'Number of Copies'. Click Print and save the file to your PC.

Final Words

Pack up! This article has discussed 4 ways to convert fillable PDF to regular PDF with UPDF. UPDF offers free and paid methods to do this. You can click the below button to convert fillable PDF to regular PDF now.

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