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How to type into a PDF form in Reader

Learn how you can enter text into a PDF form that does not have fillable PDF form fields.

By December 13, 2011

 



In this tutorial, learn how you can enter text into a PDF form that does not have fillable PDF form fields. One quick way to see if your PDF file has form fields is to look in the Document Message Bar.

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How to type into a PDF form in Reader

Lori KassubaDecember 13, 2011

Have you ever downloaded a PDF form only to find that the actual form doesn’t contain any fillable form fields? Like the file on the right. One quick way tosee if your PDF file has form fields is to look in the Document Message Bar. This is the purple space between the Toolbar and the Document Pane. If your PDF file has fillable form fields, you'll see a message telling you to fill out the form, like the file on the left. If you don’t see any Message bar, like the file on the right, then your PDF file doesn’t contain any pre-existing form fields. So, if you still desire to fill out your form electronically, you’ll need to use Acrobat X Standard or Pro. to do this. You can download a 30-day trial copy of Acrobat from Adobe.com to check out this functionality.

Now once you have downloaded and installed your copy of Acrobat, like I have open now. All you need to do is follow these simple steps to fill out your form.Open your PDF document, go to the Tools pane, Content panel and select the Add or Edit Text Box tool. This tool is also referred to as the Typewriter toolbecause of the typewriter icon. After selecting this tool, move the cursor, which will appear as an I-beam with the letter A, into the document and click in the area you'd like to type. You can also change the font size, up to 24 points, font type, font color, as well as line spacing with the Typewriter tool operations. Right-clicking on typewriter text allows you to spell check and perform Thesaurus look ups.


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