How to Create a Non-Editable PDF in InDesign

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How to Create a Non-Editable PDF in InDesign
Adobe InDesign can export documents to editable PDF or print-only PDF formats. (Ciaran Griffin/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Adobe's InDesign application is a desktop publishing package that you can use to lay out magazines, books, posters and other visual media. You can save documents designed in the application in a number of formats, including online publishing formats. You can also export an InDesign file to Adobe's popular PDF. Any InDesign document that is exported as a PDF in "Print" format will be saved as a read-only document that cannot be edited in Adobe Reader.

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  1. 1

    Run the Adobe InDesign program and open the document that you wish to save as a non-editable PDF file.

  2. 2

    Click "File" in the menu bar and click "Export" to open a file export window.

  3. 3

    Navigate to the folder in which you wish to save the PDF file and type in a name for the file.

  4. 4

    Select "Adobe PDF (Print)" from the "Save As Type" drop-down menu if you are using InDesign for Windows. If you are using inDesign for Mac, select "Adobe PDF (Print)" from the "Format" drop down menu.

  5. 5

    Click "Save" to advance to the PDF options screen.

  6. 6

    Select from the "Compatibility" drop-down menu the earliest version of Adobe Reader for which you want your PDF file to work.

  7. 7

    Change any desired PDF file options in the options screen. You can change the level of compression, number of output colours and other file properties using the drop-down menus.

  8. 8

    Click the "Export" button to save your InDesign document as a non-editable PDF. If you are using a Mac then click the "Save" button.

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