How to create a PDF form in Acrobat

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Create a blank PDF, add form fields, and save the form
  • Can I create a fillable PDF form from scratch in Acrobat?
    Yes, you can simply create a blank PDF, add labels and fields you need, and save it. Get step-by-step instructions for creating a PDF form.

  • Can I create a fillable PDF form from an existing document in Acrobat?
    Yes, you can create a PDF form from a printed paper or existing Word files. Acrobat recognizes and converts static fields to fillable ones with a form wizard. See Create a form from an existing document.

  • What are the form fields?
    Form fields are data fields available to let you collect data from the filled form. Acrobat provides various field types to help you collect the right kind of data, in the right format. See PDF form field basics.
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How to use form fields, action buttons, calculations, data & time, and submit button in a PDF form

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  • How do I use basic calculations in a PDF form?
    The calculations like sum, product, average, minimum and maximum can be done using the predefined calculations. Learn more.
  • How to add a tooltip to a form field?
    Double-click a selected form field to open the Properties window. In the General tab, type a description into the tooltip box. Learn more.
  • How to create a flowable text field?
    Double-click a selected text field to open the Properties window. In then the Options tab, select Multi-Line and Scroll Long Text. Learn more.
  • How to make a field required or not required?
    Double-click a selected form field to open the Properties window. In the General tab, to make the field required, select Required. To make the field optional, deselect Required. Learn more.

  • How to make a field read-only?
    Double-click a selected form field to open the Properties window. In the General tab, select Read Only. Learn more.
  • How do I add a barcode form field?
    In Acrobat, choose Tools > Prepare Form. Click the Barcode icon () in the toolbar and place it on your form. Learn more.
  • How do I add a date and time field?
    While you are preparing the form in Acrobat DC, click the Date field icon in the toolbar, and then click the location in the document where you want to place the field. Learn more.
  • What are the different form fields I can use in a PDF form?
    You can use text boxes, drop-down lists, radio buttons, check-boxes, list boxes, and more. Set the form field properties like text resizing, date fields, calculations, or trigger custom scripts, to define fields' behavior. Learn more.
  • How do I add a clear form or reset form button to my form?
    A clear or reset form button clears any data a user has already entered in the form. You can also set up the reset button so that it clears only specific fields. Learn more.
  • How do I add a submit button to my form?
    When you distribute a form, Acrobat automatically checks the form. If it doesn’t find a submit button, it adds a Submit Form button to the document message bar. Users can click the Submit Form button to send completed forms back to you. Learn more.
  • Can I add action buttons in a PDF form?
    Yes, you can add action buttons in a form to open a file, play a sound or movie clip, submit data to a web server, and much more. Learn more.
  • How do I change the size of the form fields?
    To resize the field manually, drag the border handle. You can also resize the form field by one pixel or to a specific dimension. Learn more.
  • How do I move fields in a PDF form?
    You can move form fields by simply dragging them. Learn more.
  • Why is the form's data getting copied when one field is filled?
    If you copy form fields and paste them into the same form, the fields share the same name and properties of the copied cell. To resolve this, double-click the field to open the Properties window. In the General tab, change the name of the field. Repeat this step for all the copied fields. Learn more.

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How to publish or distribute a form

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  • How do I send a PDF form for filling?
    You can send or distribute your PDF form right from within Acrobat. Open the form and click Distribute. Choose how you want to collect the responses - in your email Inbox or on a server. See distributing PDF forms.
     
  • Can I publish a PDF form online?
    Yes, you can publish your PDF form and collect information over the web. Learn more.
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How to track distributed forms and collect data

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  • How do I track my sent form and view responses?
    When you open a submitted form in Acrobat, the Add Completed Form To Responses File dialog box is displayed. Select Create A New Responses File. The response file opens after you click OK. Learn more.

    You can also use the forms tracker to manage your sent or received forms. In Acrobat, choose Edit > Form Options > Track or View > Tracker.

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How to fill and sign a PDF form

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  • How do I fill a PDF form?
    Open the PDF form in Acrobat or Reader, choose Tools > Fill & Sign or choose Fill & Sign from the right pane to fill a PDF form. Learn more.

  • How do I save or print PDF forms?
    Open the PDF form in Acrobat or Reader, choose File > Save As and save the file. To print the form, click the Print button or choose File > Print. Learn more.

  • Can I add multiple signatures in a PDF form?
    Yes. Using the Fill and Sign tool in Acrobat, you can add multiple signatures to your PDF form. Learn more.

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