How to Change PDF Files So That You Can Fill Them Out

By Amy Dombrower

Using Adobe Acrobat, you can import existing Portable Document Format (PDF) files and convert them to interactive forms that you can fill out. To do so, open Acrobat's Start Form Wizard, which allows you to convert an electronic document, such as a Word or PDF file, create a PDF from scratch or import a paper document. Once the PDF file is converted to a form, add interactive form fields to the page so it can be filled out.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Acrobat

Step 1

Open Adobe Acrobat.

Step 2

Click the "Forms" menu. Select "Start Form Wizard."

Step 3

Select "An Existing Electronic Document."

Step 4

Follow the on-screen prompts to upload a PDF file you want to convert to a form.

Step 5

Click the "Forms" menu. Select "Add or Edit Fields."

Step 6

Click "Forms" again and choose "Form Tools." Choose a form tool you want to use for the first interactive form field. Each tool corresponds to a different type of field to be filled, such as a check box, radio button, list of items or text field.

Step 7

Click an area on the page where you want to add a field.

Step 8

Click and drag to draw a rectangle for the field. Draw the rectangle as large as you need the field to be.

Step 9

Type a name for the field in the "Field Name" box. Labeling each field will help you organize the data. Choose whether you want the field to be mandatory.

Step 10

Continue adding new form fields until you've finished making the form. Repeat steps 6 to 9 to add different types of form fields.

Step 11

Click the "Preview" icon to test out the form.

Step 12

Click "File," then "Save as" to save the form.