How to Convert an Adobe PDF to a Fillable Form

By Tricia Goss

Portable document format files, more commonly known as PDFs, are documents and other files saved in a format that can be shared easily and opened on multiple computer platforms. Using a PDF file instead of a Word document or other type of file allows you to preserve features of that file such as fonts, graphics and other formatting. However, you may want to alter certain PDF files, such as forms you have created, so that users can fill in the requested information on their computers.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional for Windows

Step 1

Open Adobe Acrobat. Open the PDF file that you want to convert into a fillable form. Click on "Advanced," select "Forms" and choose "Make Form Fillable in Designer."

Step 2

Click on "Getting Started" in the"New Form Assistant under Steps. Select "Import a PDF Document." Make sure the PDF document you want to convert is selected and click "Next."

Step 3

Choose "Maintain Edibility" under Setup:Import Options. A second copy of the file will open. Leave the original open so that you can return to it for reference while converting the copy into a fillable form.

Step 4

Select an option under Return Method. "Fill then Submit" allows users to fill out the form and email it back to you. "Fill then Print" allows users to fill the form and then print it out. "Fill then Submit/Print" gives the user both of the previous options. The only option you should not choose is "Print," because this does not make the form fillable. If you use one of the "Submit" options, enter your email information on the "Return Information" step. Otherwise, click "Finish."

Step 5

Go to the "Library Palette" to select fillable fields to place on the form. Click on the type of field you want to use and drag it to the proper position on the form. When you are finished adding fields, save your new fillable form and close Adobe Acrobat. Email it to users or save it for later use.