How to Create a Fillable PDF Form in Mac

By Mario Calhoun

Although portable document formats (PDFs) are useful for reading a document in its original state, they often cannot be filled out with new information. In order to do so, you must first convert the PDF into a fillable form using the Adobe LiveCycle Designer tool that comes with Adobe Acrobat Professional. The LiveCycle Designer tool simplifies PDF formatting for the novice Adobe user and allows you to easily create new fields and edit existing ones. The tool also enables you to choose how the user can use the document once it has been filled out by allowing you to edit the "Return Method" section, which protects the document's information.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Acrobat 7 Professional

Step 1

Open the "Applications" folder in Finder and double-click the "Adobe Acrobat" icon.

Step 2

Click "File" and "Open" from the drop-down menu. Select the PDF file you wish to open and click "Open."

Step 3

Click "Advanced" at the top of the menu and select "Forms" and "Make Form Fillable in Designer" from the drop-down menu.

Step 4

Click the circle next to "Import a PDF Document" and click "Next." Click the circle next to "Maintain Editability" and click "Next."

Step 5

Click "Fill Then Submit" in the "Return Method" section. Drag and drop the desired fields to your document and click "Save" once you are finished.