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How to create editable PDF form fields using Acrobat X

Learn how to create fillable PDF forms that allow recipients using the free Reader to easily enter data into the PDF form.

By February 28, 2012

 



In this tutorial, learn how to create fillable PDF forms in Acrobat XI Standard or Pro that allow recipients using the free Reader to enter data. All you need to do is open the Tools pane, Forms panel, and select the Create command. You can start with an existing PDF document, a Word or Excel file, or any other type of document. You can even scan an existing paper form. This tip looks at how to create fillable PDF forms using an existing Word form. The Create process automatically converts Word to a PDF form and looks for characteristics that indicate form fields, such as underlines or text boxes. These objects will automatically be converted to interactive form fields within Acrobat.

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How to create editable PDF form fields using Acrobat X

Lori KassubaFebruary 28, 2012

Creating a fillable PDF form that allows recipients using the free Adobe Reader to enter data is easy if you have Acrobat X Standard or Acrobat X Pro. All you need to do is open the Tools pane, Forms panel, and select the Create command. You can start with an existing PDF file, a Word or Excel file, or any other type of document. You can even scan an existing paper form. I’ll begin with an existing Word form, and the Create process will automatically convert the Word file to a PDF file and look for characteristics that indicate form fields, things such as underlines or text boxes. These objects will automatically be converted to interactive form fields within Acrobat.

Now once the process is complete, Acrobat will open the document in Form Editing Mode. And the commands available in the Tasks panel, will allow you to make further edits and refinements to your form. When you have finished editing your form, recipients using the free Adobe Reader will be able to fill in and print your new interactive form. If you would like to allow recipients using the free Adobe Reader to fill in, print, and save the form data. You’ll need to perform one final step. Close out of Form Editing Mode, and then from the File menu, select Save As > Reader Extended PDF > Enable Additional Features. This will allow recipients using the free Adobe Reader to also save the form data. However, this feature is subject to some license limitations so be sure to read the Acrobat End User License Agreement for specific details.


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