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How to Create Fillable PDF Forms?

Want to create fillable PDF forms? In this article, an easy way is introduced to create fillable PDF forms effortlessly.

Margarete Cotty
Published: May 21,2015 9:48 am / Updated: May 21,2015 14:58 pm

Are you looking for a way to create PDF fillable forms? Indeed, in daily life, especially at work, it is very necessary to learn how to create a writable PDF form since PDF has become the most widely used format for shipping documents. In the following, an easy way is introduced for you to create a fillable PDF form.To create a fillable PDF form, a PDF creator or powerful PDFelement is needed. Here I’d like to recommend you a cost-effective PDF tool – Wondershare PDFelement. It is a comprehensive tool which enables you to create a PDF form easily. Now let’s get down to task with Wondershare PDFelement.


Steps to create fillable PDF form

Step 1: Download PDF fillable form creator

Click the download button to download the PDF tool installer. After getting the .exe file, double click it and follow prompts to install the app on your computer. If you have a Mac computer as well, please tryWondershare PDFelement for Mac.

A watermark will be added to files saved with the trial version!


Step 2: Get a PDF form template

Generally, there are two ways to create a fillable PDF form: creating a form from scratch or from a template. To save time and energy in designing and creating a PDF form from zero, I’d strongly suggest you create a writable PDF from a template which you can download from the Internet or from our sites. It is very easy to get a PDF form template from the Internet. Just type in the name for the template in Google Search Box, and then you'll get tons of PDF form templates. Of course, you can start a form from a blank PDF page with Wondershare PDFelement as well. However, it will take a long time for you to accomplish it.


Step 3: Create a fillable form.

Launch Wondershare PDFelement and open the fillable form with it. Click the Forms menu to reveal all the interactive field options. Click the first submenu "Edit Field" to create a fillable form. To add a form field, just click the Form Field tool. And then move your mouse over the PDF page to add the interactive field: Text Field, Check Box, Dropdown, List Box, Radio Button and so on. Take adding Check Box as an example. All you need is to click Check Box in the submenu, move mouse over the PDF form, draw a Check Box. This is it.

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After you creating an interactive field on the PDF form, double click it to reveal the properties dialogue box. From here, you are able to name the check box, set its appearance, like the borders and colors and its style, etc.

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Step 4: Add text to a PDF form.

When creating a fillable form, you’re very likely to add text besides interactive fields to explain the items. To add text to a PDF form, go to the Insert Menu, click Text tool. Move mouse to the PDF form area, click on the PDF form where you need to insert text to type in the right text.

Note: In the Form Menu, all the tools provided are for form fields creating and editing and data export and import. If you need to add text, images, links and watermarks, please go to the Insert Menu. To manage pages, go the Page Menu.


After creating a PDF form, if you want to preview the fillable form, click the “Close Form Editing” in the Form Menu first. And then a complete form is displayed.

Create a fillable form with Wondershare PDFelement right now!

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