How to Enable Extended Reader Rights in Adobe Acrobat

By Diana Braun

Adobe Acrobat software is the industry standard that is designed to view, create, edit and manage Portable Document Format (PDF) files. With Adobe Acrobat Professional, forms and documents can be created and then viewed by anyone with Adobe Reader software. By default, reader rights such as commenting, editing and filling out form data are disabled. You may wish to allow reader rights with certain documents and forms. To allow readers to edit and modify a PDF document, enable an option called Extended Reader Rights.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Acrobat Professional

Step 1

Launch Adobe Acrobat on your computer.

Step 2

Click the “Advanced” tab from the top menu.

Step 3

Select “Enable User Rights in Adobe Reader” from the drop-down menu. The “Enable User Rights in Adobe Reader” dialog box will appear.

Step 4

Click “Save Now” to save your PDF file with reader rights in Adobe Reader.

Tips & Warnings

  • You must have the Professional version of Adobe Acrobat in order to enable reader rights. The Standard version of Adobe Acrobat does not allow the enabling of such options.