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How to edit a fillable PDF form using Acrobat X

Learn how to edit a PDF form or how to edit a fillable PDF form using Acrobat X.

By Donna Baker – March 26, 2012


In this tutorial, learn how to edit fillable PDF forms using Acrobat X, including how to identify missing fields, how to add a new text field, and how to align fields in PDF online forms.
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How to edit a fillable PDF form using Acrobat X

Donna Baker – March 26, 2012

Open the PDF form that you want to edit. Open the Forms set of tools and click Edit. There are many fields in the form, and we need a way to see the fields better. Click Preview to switch the view. Click the Highlight Existing Fields button to show a colored highlight over the fields. You can tell where a field is missing, or if it’s the wrong size.

Click Edit to return to the Form Editing mode. Acrobat X includes grids to help lay out the fields. Select  View > Show/Hide > Rulers & Guides >Grid to see the grid overlay the page. Click the Zoom drop-down arrow and increase the zoom to  200%.

Let’s add a new text field. Click the Add Text Field button, and click the page where you want to place the field. Acrobat automatically adds a field and a box to name the field. Type a new name for the field, then click the edge of the field’s frame and drag to resize it.

This set of fields are different sizes. Instead of trying to select them on the page, just select them in the Fields pane—click the first field, named tiny-weight. Then press Shift + click the last field, named large-weight to select all five fields in the Fields pane.

On the page, right-click a field that is the correct size to open the shortcut menu. Choose Set Fields to Same Size > Both. You see all the fields resize automatically. Use the grid lines to reposition the fields if necessary.

You can line up fields using commands, too. Select the fields you want to align, and right-click the field that’s in the correct position to open the shortcut menu again. Click Align, Distribute or Center > Align Right. The fields line up perfectly!

Click Preview again to check out the work you’ve done so far. Continue your edits as necessary.

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donna baker

9, 2013-04-11 11, 2013

Hi MP Kanaley -

I’d recommend Acrobat Pro since you’ll be able to produce a form that your students can use in Adobe Reader. Please check into the educational pricing for the product for yourself - it’s far less expensive! Go to this page:


MP Kanaley

2, 2013-04-04 04, 2013

If I want to create adaptive lesson plans/test/worksheets for some of my students with Individual Educational Plans that call for me to let them type instead of write, which Acrobat version would be the best for me to use. (Also, the least expensive because it is out of my pocket)  Thanks

donna baker

2, 2012-06-21 21, 2012

Hi Eva -

You can only put in form fields for text. If you want to use images, you can do that in LiveCycle Designer.


Eva Lomozova

10, 2012-06-06 06, 2012

I would like to ask, if it is possible to put in the form the field for pictures or only for text?

Thank you.

donna baker

1, 2012-05-22 22, 2012

Hi Lucas -

I sure have to agree with you! There isn’t anything wrong with using HTML forms, but since Acrobat has incorporated so much control and management of the form and its resulting data, it makes the process far less complex than using HTML, binding fields to a database, setting up server-side includes, and so on.


Lucas Bader

3, 2012-04-04 04, 2012

A few years ago, I designed an exclusive website for a small company. I incorporated some of the forms that the use on the website. They would fill out the forms online and print it out or send it out when done. Recreating all the forms on HTML was a very hard project. Things would have been easier if we just used Acrobat X. Features like these make Acrobat X very useful for modern web design.

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