How to replace background pages in PDF online forms using Acrobat X or XI

Learn how to avoid creating form fields again by replacing background pages with existing PDF online form fields.

By December 13, 2011

 



Learn how you can use Acrobat X or XI to replace the background pages of PDF online forms with existing PDF online form fields to avoid creating all the online form fields again. Acrobat has a simple process called Replace pages that allows you to modify your original PDF form design while maintaining all the existing PDF online form fields that you’ve placed on your PDF form.

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How to replace background pages in PDF online forms using Acrobat X or XI

Lori KassubaDecember 13, 2011

When developing a form in Acrobat X or XI Std. or Pro., have you ever had to return to your original form document to make edits or changes? Such as this misspelled word in this particular document. This can be quite a time-consuming task if you've already placed numerous form fields on your PDF form. Fortunately, Acrobat has a simple process, called Replace pages, that allows you to modify your original form design while maintaining all the existing form fields that you’ve placed on your PDF form.

To begin, I'll go ahead and correct the spelling in my form in Microsoft Word, and then save the changes and exit out of Word. Next, I’ll bring up my original form in Acrobat with the misspelled word. And I'll open up the Tools pane, Pages panel, and select the Replace command. In the dialog, select the file that you would like to replace. And notice that you can select any type of file that Acrobat converts. So, I’ll select the Word file that I just updated, and the Replace pages command will automatically convert the Word file to PDF and then you can select the pages you would like to update. In this particular case, I’ll just update the first page. And voila, the underlying form design is updated while maintaining your existing form fields.


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