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How to Remove Fillable Fields in PDF? 5 Best Ways

A fillable field in a PDF document allows users to type in specific areas without requiring an editor. Although it makes form-filling easier, sometimes you need to remove them.  So, learn the top 3 ways how to remove fillable fields in PDF using UPDF.

Part 1. How to Remove Fillable Fields from PDF With UPDF

The first way for removing fillable fields is by using UPDF. UPDF is a complete PDF editing suite with multiple features, including Cloud, OCR, sharing, annotations, etc. When working on PDF fillable forms, you can use features like text boxes, checkboxes, radio buttons, dropdowns or lists, buttons, and many more.

So, when you want to remove the fillable fields, you can use 4 different ways by downloading UPDF.

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Way 1. Remove Fillable Fields from PDF by Deleting

Sometimes, you don't want to remove all the fillable fields from a PDF document. However, it is essential to remove selective ones, and this method is the best choice in such use cases.

1. Open PDF document in the UPDF app

Double-click the icon of UPDF on the desktop to run the app. Next, click “Open File” and choose the PDF document with fillable fields in it.

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2. Go to Prepare Form and Right Click to Delete

From the left pane, you need to click “Prepare Form”. All the fillable fields will be highlighted in purple color. You can right-click on any field to reveal options. In the pop-up menu, there will be the delete option. Click that, and the field will be deleted. To select multiple fields at once, hold the control/command button and click them to select, then right click to delete.

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Way 2. Remove Fillable Fields from PDF By Printing

If you need the final form of your PDF document by removing all the fillable fields, then using the printing method will be a quick solution. So, download UPDF and try printing documents with the following steps:

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1. Open UPDF and open PDF document

If you have set UPDF as your default PDF viewer, then double-click the PDF file to open it inside UPDF. Otherwise, use the UPDF icon to open the software and then open the PDF document in it.

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2. Select Print from File and Print.

Once the file opens, you need to click the File tab from the top left. Navigate to the Print option located at the bottom of the pop-up screen. Alternatively, you may press Ctrl + P combination. Either way, you can get print options, and there, select “Microsoft Print to PDF” as your printer and Print. The new PDF saved on your device will not have those fillable fields.

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Way 3. Remove Fillable Fields from PDF by Flattening

Fillable fields are present as layers in a PDF document. So, using the flattening option will help remove not only those fields but other annotations at once. Since most tools don’t provide this feature, use UPDF after downloading and remove these fields in a few clicks.

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1. Open PDF in UPDF and go to Save as Other

Since the fillable fields are layers in a PDF document, you need a PDF tool that can work on them. UPDF is one of those, so you need to open the PDF document in it. When the PDF opens, click Save as Other from the right menu.

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2. Flatten Annotations and Forms

Now click save as Flatten, and there will be 3 different options to choose from. Choose “Flatten Annotations and Forms. Now, you will save the PDF document on your PC, and this new saved file will not contain any fillable fields.

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Way 4. Remove Fillable Fields from Multiple PDFs by Batch Printing

Sometimes, you may need to remove the fillable fields from multiple PDF documents. Using the UPDF batch print feature will remove these fields from multiple documents at once. You may download UPDF and follow the steps below:

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1. Open PDF and go to Batch, then Print

Run the UPDF app with its icon on your PC. When the tool runs, you need to click the Batch option right next to Open File. In the Batch option, you will see 5 different options where you need to click Print.

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2. Add multiple PDF files and Click Apply to save

Now add as many PDF files in UPDF as you want and ensure to select the printer as Print to PDF. Now, you only need to click Apply, and a browse window will open, asking you for the saving location. Save those PDF files, and the fillable fields will be deleted.

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What Else Can UPDF Do for You?

Apart from removing fillable fields, UPDF can:

  • Edit PDF text, images, and links
  • Provide cloud storage to share and store PDF files
  • Sync your work across all devices with the same account
  • Provide AI chatbot assistance built-in, etc.

So, you may download it for free and purchase a premium subscription to enjoy all these features.

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Part 2. How to Remove Fillable Fields with Adobe Acrobat

Adobe Acrobat is among the most popular PDF tools, and it allows you for removing fillable fields with ease. Apart from removing, you can create and fill these fields, write text in different fonts and colors, etc.

1. Open the PDF in Acrobat.

Run Adobe Acrobat and, using the Open option, open your PDF file in it.

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2. Go to Tools and select Prepare Form.

Click the Tools tab from the top left and scroll down. Locate the Prepare Form option and click it. You will again go to the PDF viewing screen but with form tools.

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3. Click to select a field, right-click, and select delete

The fillable fields will be highlighted in a bluish-purple color. You can click on any field to select it and right-click to reveal options. From the options, click Delete and the field will be deleted. Some fields have outlines that are not part of fillable fields but only a design. Next, you can also repeat the process to delete those outlines.

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Part 3. How to Remove Fillable Fields from PDF Online with PDFfiller

PDFfiller is an online PDF editing tool that comes with PDF editing and reading features. Since it is web-based, it can work on any device and OS where you may remove the fillable fields.

1. Open the PDFfiller website and upload a document.

Open the PDFfiller website and, using the upload option, upload a PDF document with fillable fields in it. Depending on your connection speed, you may need to wait for a few seconds before you get PDF viewer mode.

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2. Click the Edit Fillable Fields button.

The website interface will have different elements, but on the right side of the screen, there will be a green button to edit fillable fields. Click it to reveal options.

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3. Click to select and delete the fillable field.

PDFfiller highlights the fillable fields in a light orange color. You can locate them easily and click to select. As you click, it will become green, and on the right side of the field, a trashcan icon will appear. Click that icon, and the fillable field will be successfully deleted.

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Part 4. How to Remove Fillable Fields from PDF With Foxit Reader?

Foxit Reader is a PDF reader tool that does not come with in-depth editing features. With Foxit, you can import and export forms, reset their input to the original state, and do much more. Additionally, you can still use it for removing fillable fields with the steps below:

1. Open document in Foxit Reader

Start Foxit Reader on your PC and click the Open File button to open the PDF document in it.

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2. Print the Document as a PDF

As you go into the PDF viewer mode, hit the Ctrl + P combination on your keyboard to reveal printing options. The printer must be set as Print to PDF, and when you click OK, the new PDF file will be saved on your PC that will not have any fillable fields in it.

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Part 5. How to Remove Fillable Fields from PDF in Mac with Preview?

Mac OS comes with the built-in Preview tool where you open PDF documents. It allows you to add text in those fillable fields in different fonts, colors, and sizes. Although it is not a PDF editing tool, it still supports removing fillable fields with the following steps:

1. Open the document in Preview on Mac

Double-click the PDF file saved on your Mac, and it will open in the Preview app on your Mac. It is the default app for viewing PDF documents.

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2. Print the Document as a PDF

Now, hit the Command + P shortcut. Here, you need to ensure that you don’t select any printer. Also, there will be a dropdown option at the bottom of the page; select Save as PDF from that dropdown and click Print. Now, it will flatten all the fillable fields as the PDF is saved as a new file. Hence, the fillable fields will be removed.

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Final Words

With the 5 effective methods for how to remove fillable fields in PDF, we hope that you can easily remove these fields using the method that fits your needs the best. Remember, whenever you select a PDF tool, choose one that brings the best functionality with the best experience. If you need a reliable tool that meets all your needs, then you can try UPDF. Download it for free and enjoy multiple features, including deleting fillable fields, OCR, UPDF AI, and more.

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