Knowledgebase: Acrobat
Creating fillable PDF forms in Adobe Acrobat
Posted by Andrew Shenk on 23 August 2012 11:44 AM
1. Start by creating your form in Word complete with a line after each part you want an answer to


            Name:___________    Date: _____________ etc.

2. When you’re done, convert the Word document to a PDF. To do this click File>Save as PDF
3. Open Adobe Acrobat X Pro
4. Open the PDF form file you just created
5. Once open in Adobe Acrobat, click on “Tools” in the top right corner, then “Forms”
6. Under Forms click “Create”
7. When asked to choose a source, choose “Use the current document or browse to a file” and click next
8. When asked to locate a document to convert, choose “Use the current document” and click next
9. You’ll now be in form editing mode, and forms will have been automatically created for you. You can edit the forms that were created automatically, or add more forms, like drop-down lists, radio buttons, checkboxes, etc.

10.  Click the “Preview” button to see how the final form will look
11.  Once you’re done editing your forms and have saved the file as a PDF, you have two options for distributing it:

A.  Save the form as a PDF, and distribute it yourself. Others can fill the form out only in Adobe Acrobat, save it as a PDF with the forms filled out, and email it or otherwise return it to you

B.  In editing mode, in the top right corner, under “Tasks,” choose “Distribute,” (see screenshot below) which allows you to email your form to respondents and choose to either organize their responses with, collect responses via email, or collect responses on an internal server. This option allows others to open the form in Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat and use a “Submit Form” button in the top right corner to submit the form directly back to you

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