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Merge or flatten layers

Apr 12, 2012 8:04 AM

 
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    Apr 12, 2012 8:04 AM   in reply to Community Help

    Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro - I want to flatten or merge layers.  The help says "Click the Layer Button".  Well WHERE IS IT OR WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE???  I get so frustrated that the help says something like that and doesn't give any clue where it is or what it looks like.  A search for Layer Button doesn't help either.  I've been turning toolbars on and off and searching for an hour to try and find the elusive Layer Button.  Frankly I think your help files are just horrible.

     
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    Apr 12, 2012 8:07 AM   in reply to jrt-tn

    View > Navigation Panels > Layers

     
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    Apr 12, 2012 8:45 AM   in reply to Community Help

    No need to go anywhere near the menus - it's on the sidebar:

     

    layers-button.jpg

     

    You can control which panels are available by right-clicking the sidebar.

     
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    Dec 11, 2012 5:11 PM   in reply to Dave Merchant

    Thank you for the clarification!

    I agree with jrt-tn that the embedded help is lacking in visual clues.

     
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    Dec 21, 2012 12:04 PM   in reply to Community Help

    in Acrobat Pro XI I found the layers button finally, but it's greyed out-- I have a stamp and text boxes-- are they not layers? If not, how else to flatten without printing to pdf--or is that the only way, as cumbersome as it is?

     
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    Dec 21, 2012 1:07 PM   in reply to KDel3

    They may or may not be on layers. Everything in a PDF can be on a layer potentially.

     

    Confusingly, flattening in a PDF can be at least three different things. Flattening layers is really nothing but removing the names of layers. Then there is flattening transparency, and flattening comments.

     
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  • George Johnson
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    Dec 21, 2012 4:40 PM   in reply to KDel3

    For a simple way of flattening annotations (which includes form fields), you can use this handy free JavaScript-based tool: http://www.uvsar.com/projects/acrobat/flattener/

     
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