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Can't edit text in old PDF

Apr 9, 2013 7:28 AM

I've got some PDFs that are several years old.  I'm not sure what program they were made in originally, but it may have been PageMaker.  When I open one of these files in Acrobat X Pro, the content edit tools are grayed out and I can't use them.  Acrobat does seem to recognize the text as text, however, as I'm able to select text in the usual manner.  Does anyone have any ideas on how to troubleshoot this?  Would it even be possible?

 

I'm using Acrobat X Pro on OSX 10.8.  Thanks.

 
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    Apr 9, 2013 7:52 AM   in reply to mightypants

    Take a look under File > Document Properties > Security.

     
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    Apr 9, 2013 5:36 PM   in reply to mightypants

    What sort of crash is it? Or do you mean a hang instead? Have you tried leaving it a few minutes?

     
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    Apr 9, 2013 6:17 PM   in reply to Test Screen Name

    Have you updated Acrobat beyond 10.0.0?

     
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    Apr 10, 2013 9:49 AM   in reply to mightypants

    The first step to take when there are issues with Acrobat is to do a repair. Then to possibly do updates. Often, those two steps resolve the problems. A reinstall is a last resort, but requires several extra steps to be sure it is effective.

     
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