A PDF is a useful file type designed to maintain the same layout regardless of how you open it, which makes them ideal for graphic design, manuals, eBooks, and online forms. Learn how to fill in a PDF form in Adobe Acrobat Reader for interactive documents and how to turn flat forms into fillable documents.
Signing forms online is a speedy process. In minutes, you can sign and share any document, and with autofill settings enabled, filling in forms can take mere seconds. Documents also get to people faster since you don’t need to see someone in person or send the forms by physical mail.
With more workers choosing remote or work from home options, businesses need a secure way to sign and share documents online. Filling in documents online can be done from anywhere in the world or the comfort of your home.
Being able to track documents online makes them more manageable. Knowing exactly what you’ve signed and when you’ve sent it can come in handy if you ever need to prove you filled out a form or track down a missing document.
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A Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format developed by Adobe in 1993. It was designed to give people the ability to open a document on any operating system or hardware without needing to own the app used to create the document and to ensure the layout of the document remains the same regardless of where you open it. PDFs can contain text, images, videos, hyperlinks, and more.
The only tool you need to open PDFs is a PDF reader. The most common one is Adobe Acrobat Reader.
The Adobe Acrobat Reader DC software is the global standard for reliably viewing, printing, and commenting on PDF documents. It allows you to work on and fill out documents from any device, and it’s free to download. You can fill out and sign a PDF form electronically by typing text into the fillable fields and signing the document with your finger or stylus.
The Adobe Fill and Sign Mobile App allows you to take a picture of a form, fill the picture of the form out on your phone, sign it, and send it. With the app, you can open a file from an email or place a paper form on your desk, snap a pic, enter the required text or checkmarks into the form fields, sign, and send. The Adobe Reader Form Fill and Sign app saves both paper and time. It’s not free, but it’s available with the Acrobat Standard DC plan for $12.99 a month, and the Acrobat Pro DC plan for $14.99 a month.
To fill in an interactive form from your browser, follow these steps:
Before you fill in a PDF form on your device, you first need to figure out if it’s actually fillable, as some form creators don’t convert their PDFs into forms you can interact with and complete online. Other forms are intentionally designed to be filled in by hand or with Fill & Sign tools, such as the tools listed above. Non-interactive forms like these are called flat forms.
To fill in a flat form online from your browser:
For more information, Adobe provides a thorough guide on how to fill out your PDF form.
To fill out online forms on your phone, use the Adobe Fill & Sign mobile app listed above that’s included with Adobe’s Acrobat Standard DC plan and Acrobat Pro DC plan.
The Auto-Complete feature is only available for interactive forms. It stores all of the entries you type into an interactive form field and then suggests or automatically enters responses that match the typing in the other form fields. The suggestions appear in a pop-up menu where you can select the best match. If you want to use it, Auto-Complete can be enabled in form preferences. The list of suggestions can also be edited in preferences, in case you make a spelling mistake.
To delete an entry from the Auto-Complete memory:
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