How to create new PDF and web forms

Learn how to create online forms, including how to create web forms and how to create PDF forms.

By September 6, 2012


In this tutorial, learn how to create online forms, including how to create web forms and how to create PDF forms, using the all-new Adobe FormsCentral desktop app that is included in Acrobat XI Pro. Discover how to create PDF forms and web forms in minutes from scratch or by customizing templates.

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How to create new PDF and web forms

Ali HanyalogluSeptember 6, 2012

Designing forms that both work correctly and look professional can take time, especially if you're starting from scratch. With the new Adobe FormsCentral desktop app, included with Acrobat XI Pro, it's easy to create a great form in a matter of minutes. Here's how: Here's the new FormsCentral desktop app, and I can create a new blank form or I can start with a template. I can choose one of many professionally designed templates. Let's click on the feedback category and choose contact us. Here's the starting point for my form. Let's go ahead and change this up. I'll go ahead and double click on the image to change that to our corporate logo. And we'll size and position that in just the right place. We'll change the background color to match as well. To add a new field, just click on the plus sign and choose the type of field you would like. Edit your label. And specify which options you'd like the form-fillers to select. Now we don't want that stacked vertically so we'll de-select that and we'll specify that it's required.And that's how easy and intuitive it is to create a great form in a matter of minutes with the new Adobe FormsCentral desktop app and an Acrobat Xl Pro.

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Lori Kassuba

12, 2015-03-26 26, 2015

Hi Sonsauhray Price,

You need to create the text boxes separately in FormsCentral. Also, you should be aware that FormsCentral will be retired shortly. You can find more information on this here:


Sonsauhray Price

1, 2015-03-25 25, 2015

I chose one of the templates but my problem is the information I want to be filled out I can’t.  How do I get one of those white boxes next to each item.

Lori Kassuba

3, 2015-01-05 05, 2015

Hi Fred Kruijf,

Here’s a tutorial that explains how to create bookmarks:
If you have a lot of bookmarks, then it’s better to add them when creating a PDF from an authoring tool like Word.

To create a full-text index, you’ll need the Pro. version and this discussion help explain how:


Fred Kruijf

3, 2015-01-02 02, 2015

Ls! re XI Pro: Two questions:1) how to create a “bookmark” tree ie a header with subs and sub subs etc. and 2) how to create “full text index with catalog”.
Yours truly, Fred Kruijf

Lori Kassuba

9, 2014-11-20 20, 2014

Hi Phyllis McKee,

Feel free to ask the Experts your form questions here and be sure to select the form category:


Phyllis McKee

8, 2014-11-18 18, 2014

I’m looking for a script or some help to format text fields and checkbox preferences when building PDF forms. I’d like to set a standard font size, set limits for numbers, delimiters, number of characters. I do not want to build the forms online due to the proprietary nature of the content.

Lori Kassuba

11, 2014-10-17 17, 2014

Hi Hussein Cabrera,

It might be possible using skip logic but it really depends on what you’re trying to do. Here is a tutorial on that capability:


Hussein Cabrera

12, 2014-10-09 09, 2014

I am currently using livecycle for a form that is dynamic and certain parts of the form appear or disappear as certain questions and fields are answered, be it from a drop down or text field. Is forms central capable of creating a form with the same functionality?

Lori Kassuba

12, 2014-09-12 12, 2014

Hi Amit Mazumder,

Please post your question here so any of our Experts can assist you:


Amit Mazumder

5, 2014-09-12 12, 2014

Can I have your email id so that I can post my queries direct? An early reply shall be extremely helpful.

Lori Kassuba

10, 2014-02-18 18, 2014


For your phone, I would recommend using the Adobe Reader mobile app to download and view PDFs:



3, 2014-02-15 15, 2014


Caroline Smith

10, 2012-12-10 10, 2012

Thank you! Looks more intuitive than X - where can I find a pdf of the videos?

Elia Shkolnikov

7, 2012-11-26 26, 2012

Thanks! gives me an idea on some of the new additions to the package i just got.

Derek Skinner

6, 2012-11-26 26, 2012

These videos are very helpful for beginners. Thank you!

Michelle Martin

3, 2012-11-26 26, 2012

I wish the desktop app could be purchased separately for use with Acrobat X.

Hi Michelle,

I agree, that would be useful in Acrobat X but unfortunately it has only been designed for use in the Pro. version of Acrobat XI.


Michelle Martin

3, 2012-11-26 26, 2012

Acrobat XI seems so much more intuitive than X.  Would love to upgrade!

david rice

4, 2012-11-23 23, 2012

Adobe never fails to impress me.


8, 2012-11-23 23, 2012

Really looking forward to using the new features in Acrobat XI.

Artur Gustavo

5, 2012-11-22 22, 2012

seria possivel utilizar a conta do gmail ou de outra para poder distribuir estes formularios?, esta é uma exelente maneira de fazer diretamente isso.

Would it be possible to use a gmail account or another to be able to distribute these forms? This is an excellent way to do this directly.

You can distribute forms using webmail like a gmail account. Here is a tutorial on the subject:


Elizaveta Kalachova

5, 2012-11-22 22, 2012

It’s not so obvious. It’ll be nice to have some more videos for this issue.

Jamie Barry

8, 2012-11-21 21, 2012

Wow.  Acrobat XI is looking more and more like something that I would have fun with.  I can imagine all sorts of projects that I can do with it.


4, 2012-11-20 20, 2012

Wow, that will certainly make creating forms much easier with this version, on my way to download the trial!

Chris Ibrahim

3, 2012-11-19 19, 2012

Love the new web forms, can’t wait to give it a spin.

Martijn van Weeghel

3, 2012-11-15 15, 2012

XI is really shaping up to be an awesome upgrade!

ESC Forms

12, 2012-11-15 15, 2012

Just started using FormsCentral - seems easy and effective so far!

Lee Harrison

12, 2012-11-15 15, 2012

Great feature but again, I wish it was in more depth!!

Debi Peterson

6, 2012-11-14 14, 2012

I can’t wait to create my first form.  it looks so easy.

Barb Royce

2, 2012-11-14 14, 2012

The additions to this version are great.  Definitely going to make my job easier with one stop creation.

Deepak Jeswani

10, 2012-11-13 13, 2012

Looks easy but it requires more detailed video. Its not so easy in practical.

Jourdan Perla

2, 2012-11-13 13, 2012

Very nice. Will work great for informal polls around the office.

Cindy Dooley

12, 2012-11-13 13, 2012

I’m already envisioning new ways to use the upgraded forms!

Matt Wise

12, 2012-11-13 13, 2012

FormsCentral looks like a great collection of common forms. I will definitely take advantage of what it has to offer.

Matt Wise

12, 2012-11-13 13, 2012

I am happy to see this feature was included!

Lyle Forney

5, 2012-11-12 12, 2012

FormsCentral looks so easy to use.  Can’t wait to give it a try.

Mikey B

2, 2012-11-12 12, 2012

Web forms is not PDF, but this was informative.

Sharon Wall

11, 2012-11-09 09, 2012

I wish this was more in-depth. I think those familiar with forms already will find the update of new features easy enough. For those not familiar with forms, it was like a trailer to the movie…a taste, but not the whole story.

Hi Sharon,

Here is a link to more in-depth tutorials on FormsCentral and Acrobat XI:;=+86/


Shahram Khorsand

5, 2012-11-09 09, 2012

As an old time acrobat user .... these tools are getting more user friendly and fit in more to our business.

Paul Kostak

11, 2012-11-08 08, 2012

This looks so much better then Livecycle… I need to upgrade.

Kelcie Kerstetter

1, 2012-11-08 08, 2012

Love FormCentral!

Wolfgang Buck

4, 2012-11-08 08, 2012

Building ‘simple’ forms with FormsCentral seems easy. But how does it compare to LiveCycle Designer? Is FormsCentral capable of building dynamic forms and can handle own JavaScripts? - Still at the beginning of the learning curve of FormsCentral.

Hi Wolfgang,

FormsCentral creates HTML forms whereas Acrobat and Designer create PDF forms. FormsCentral has a much simpler form creation tool and doesn’t allow all of the control you can get in Designer or Acrobat. It is also focused at distributing, collecting data, and analyze data all online using web forms and not a workflow you might have around a document-based form.


Kelvin Ton

3, 2012-11-08 08, 2012

Those are some very slick looking forms, hopefully this will catch on!

Kim Englehart

7, 2012-11-07 07, 2012

I am excited to try this feature, now that I have watched the video. It was informative and user friendly.

Debra King

6, 2012-11-06 06, 2012

Hopefully there will be more support for this…had trouble finding information on Live Cycle. So just kept experimenting until I got what I wanted.

You may find that the LiveCycle Designer forum is a great resource:


Touch Typist

12, 2012-11-06 06, 2012

Great feature. Long forms will not be a matter of long time now. Will try it after downloading trial.

sonny cc

12, 2012-11-02 02, 2012

I find the video a bit confusing, I’m just starting to use Acrobat so it’s hard to keep up.

Scott Bateman

4, 2012-10-18 18, 2012

This is soooo much easier than trying to use Live Cycle. Very glad this feature is included.

Chris Converse

1, 2012-10-16 16, 2012

This is a great feature

Chris Converse

1, 2012-10-16 16, 2012

This does seem easy, can’t wait to try it.

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