This document explains how to create a basic form from scratch in Acrobat DC. (For more information on PDF forms, click the appropriate link above.)
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.
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.
- 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 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 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 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.
- 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.
- 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,
datefields, calculations, or trigger custom scripts, to define fields' behavior. Learn more.
- How do I move fields in a PDF form?
You can move form fields by simply dragging them. 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 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 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.
- 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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