How to Create Fillable Forms From Scanned Documents

By Leigh Thompson

Fillable forms allow users to type information directly into an electronic document. By using fillable PDFs, you can send out forms electronically. Typing information into forms also ensures that it's legible. To create fillable forms, use special PDF software. You can download trial versions of this software to get a feel for it before you make a purchase.

Adobe Acrobat X

Step 1

Open Adobe Acrobat X. Click the "File" menu. Choose the "Open" option. Locate the scanned document file. Click the "Open" button.

Step 2

Open the "File" menu. Point to "Create." Choose "PDF Form" from the menu. Select the "Use Current Form" option. Adobe Acrobat will scan your document and detect possible form fields. Acrobat will then enter "Form Editing Mode."

Step 3

Edit the form that Adobe creates. Make sure the form fields are correct. Delete unnecessary form fields by selecting them and pressing the "Delete" key. Add form fields by using the buttons on the top menu bar.

Step 4

Click the "File" button. Choose "Save As" from the list. Set a save location. Name your form. Press the "Save" button.

CutePDF Professional

Step 1

Start Cute PDF Professional. Open the "File" menu. Choose the "Open" option. Locate your scanned document on your computer. Click the "Open" button.

Step 2

Press the "Form Editing" button. Choose a form control. Drag and drop the field onto your form. Edit the field properties to customize the field. Click the "OK" button.

Step 3

Click the "File" button. Choose "Save As" from the list. Set a save location. Name your form. Press the "Save" button.

PDF Maker

Step 1

Start the PDF Maker program. Click "File" on the top menu. Choose "Open" from the list of options. Change the file format type to "PDF." Select your scanned document. Click the "Open" button.

Step 2

Add form controls to your scanned document. Choose a form control from the top tool bar. Drag and drop it to your document. Use the side tabs to set the form control's size.

Step 3

Click the "File" button. Choose "Save As" from the list. Set a save location. Name your form. Click the "Save" button.