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How to work with forms in Reader

Learn how to complete fillable PDF forms or fill in PDF forms using the free Reader.

By September 20, 2012

 



In this tutorial, learn how to complete fillable PDF forms or fill in PDF forms using the free Reader. Whether your PDF form has fillable fields or not, you'll still be able to print and save all your information.

This feature does not work with forms that are developed using Adobe LiveCycle Designer.

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How to work with forms in Reader

Lori KassubaSeptember 20, 2012

Do you need to save all the data in your form using Adobe Reader XI?

Just follow these 5 simple steps to work with forms using Adobe Reader XI.

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  1. Adobe Reader XI now allows you to save form data in any fillable PDF form.
    The only exception is a form created using Adobe LiveCycle Designer.
  2. You will always see this purple message bar in a form that can be filled out and saved in Adobe Reader XI.
    If you don't see this message bar and your form has fillable fields highlighted in blue make sure you’re using Adobe Reader XI.
  3. If you don’t see that purple message bar on a form then there are no fillable form fields.
  4. To fill out a form without fillable form fields open the Comment pane, Annotations panel, and select the Add Text Comment tool.
    To fill out a form without fillable form fields open the Comment pane, Annotations panel, and select the Add Text Comment tool.
  5. Insert your cursor in the form and begin typing. Save the form.

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Michelle Martin

9, 2012-11-30 30, 2012

Whoa!  This is nice - to be able to type on a non-fillable form!

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