This document explains how to create a basic form from scratch in Acrobat DC. (If you are looking for information on how to create a form from an existing file, distribute a form, track form or fill and sign a form, click the appropriate link above. To explore the common questions on forms, click the Forms FAQ link.)
You can start with a blank PDF, add the required text and labels in the PDF, and then add form fields to complete the form.
Step 1: Create a blank PDF
Step 2: Add required text and labels in the PDF
To add a text label, choose the Add Text tool in the toolbar, click at the desired location in the form, and start typing the text. For example, if you want to add a title at the top of the form, click at top-center and then type the title (for example, “Vacation Request Form”). Change the size, color, and style of the typed text using the Format options displayed in the right pane.
Add all the text labels one-by-one, and align them properly, so that later you can add appropriate response fields next to the labels.
To align all text labels together, click the Edit icon in the toolbar, select all the labels, right-click and then choose Align Objects > Left or another option as appropriate. Once the labels are selected, you can also move them in any direction using the arrow keys – up, down, left, or right.
Step 3: Add form fields to each label
Add fields using the form field tools in the toolbar. Delete, resize, or arrange the fields as needed. To add a field:
- In the toolbar, click the tool corresponding to the field type, or right-click anywhere in the form and then choose the tool.
- Click at the desired location in the form to place the selected field.
- Set the field properties. The field properties vary based on the type of the form field.
While you’re adding fields, click Preview to see how they look. Click Edit to come back to the editing mode.
Considering the example of the Vacation Request Form, below screenshots show it in the editing mode and the preview mode.