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How to Export Your Interactive PDF Document

In this post, I will show you how to export your InDesign document as an interactive PDF. An interactive PDF is a portable document file that allows the user to interact with the contents of the document via buttons, slide shows, video, audio, and much more. Interactive PDFs provide dynamic ways to present your work, portfolio, report, or other content.

Interactive Document PDF Export

export to interactive

1. File > Export or Ctrl+E.
2. Save as Adobe PDF (Interactive).
3. To the right: recommended settings for the Export to Interactive PDF dialogue box. You can alter these settings to your preferences. 

Secure Interactive Report with Password

You can set a password for the interactive PDF from the Export to Interactive PDF dialogue box.


1. Click Security—this brings up the dialogue box:

2. Recommended security settings:
 Check “Use a password to restrict printing, editing and other tasks”.
 Enter password.
 Printing Allowed: High Resolution.
 Change Allowed: None.
 Check “Enable text access…”
 Check “Enable plaintext metadata”.
 Click OK.


3. Save the password to a text file for safe keeping.

You can also set a password in Adobe Acrobat

1. Open your interactive PDF.
2. File > Properties > Security > Choose Password Security from drop down menu.

Recommended setting:
 Check “Restrict editing and printing…”
 Enter password.
 Printing Allowed: High Resolution.
 Changes Allowed: None.
 Uncheck “Enable copying of text, images, and other content”.
 Check “Enable text access…”
 Click OK.


Also in the InDesign Document Prep Series:
InDesign Print Document PDF Export
InDesign Interactive Document Preflight Check
InDesign Print Document Preflight Check

Package Your InDesign Print Document

Export Interactive PDF Document

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