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Most of the online forms are in the fillable format for better data gathering. You can directly enter the data in the respective fields and send the file to the concerned person immediately without wasting your valuable time. So convert PDF to fillable form will be very important, with the help of PDFelement, you can convert PDF to form easily.

PDFelement aids you to create a PDF file along with excellent editing option similar to the word file. You can also convert the PDF to fillable form by following simple instructions. You do not need to have any special skills to handle this tool. It is enough if you download the trial version and try out the tasks by following simple instructions. Just few clicks in this user friendly platform delivers expected outputs within a short period of time.

Convert PDF to Fillable Form Manually

Step 1: Open a PDF

After launching the program, either drag and drop your desired PDF file in it or make use of the PDF template that it provides.

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Step 2: Create Fillable Form

Go to the "Form" menu and make use of the "Add Text Field", "Add Check box" or other tools to manually convert PDF to fillable form.

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Right-click on each field or button to change the properties. Set the attributes like appearance, color, and name etc for those fillable fields.


  • Edit Properties of Text Fields

Right-click or double-click the text field to open the "Properties" dialog window. You can not only set the appearance of the text fields, but also go to the "Options" tab to set the alignment of the filled text, set to have multiple lines, scroll long text, character limitation and other options.

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  • Edit Properties of Check Boxes

In the check box properties window, you can go to the "Options" tab to change its style. The default style is check, and you can choose to be "Circle", "Cross", "Diamond", "Square", and "Star".

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  • Edit Properties of Radio Buttons

In the radio button properties window, you can also change its style as you want in the "Options" tab and choose other settings that you like.

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  • Create a button to Submit the Form or Clear the Form

In the button properties window, you can go to the "Actions" tab, and choose "Submit a form" in the option of "Select Action", click the "Add" button to choose a file format that you want to submit. You can choose either to submit to "HTTP Address" or "Email Address", then enter your http address or email address in the "URL" box.

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If you choose "Reset a form" in the option of "Select Action" of "Actions" tab, click the "Add" button to select the fields or boxes that you want to clear once the button is triggered.

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  • Set Calculation of the Fields

If you want a calculation of multiple fields, you can also set this in the properites window. Open the properties window of the result field, then in the "Calculate" tab, choose the second option to get sum, multiply, average, minimum, and maximum. Click the "Pick" button to choose the fields that you want to calculate.

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Step 3: Save the Fillable Form

After changing all the settings as you want, click the "Close Form Editing" button, you can start to fill in the fillable form. Then go to the "File" menu to "Save" the file directly. Following the above provided instruction you will be able to convert a PDF to fillable form without any difficulty.

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Convert Existing PDF to Fillable Form Automatically

If you have already got a PDF with tables or forms, however they are not fillable, then you can try the automatic form recognition feature in PDFelement to convert Adobe PDF to fillable form.

Step 1: Load the PDF File

Open your PDF document that is not fillable in the program, or you can choose a form template from the existing Templates to open.

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Step 2: Recognize Form Fields Automatically

Click the "Form" > "Form Field Recognition" button to detect the form and create fillable fields automatically.

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Step 3: Fill and Save the Fillable Form

After the auto recognition, you can change the fields properties as the above methods. Click the "Close Form Editing" button, you can start to fill in the form or send the form to others to fill. As long as others have a PDF reader that supports to open PDF documents, then they will be able to fill this form.

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These are two efficient solutions to help you convert PDF to fillable form without Acrobat. That is also the reason why PDFelement is highly recommended to you to convert PDF to interactive forms. It is the best software to convert PDF to fillable form and enhance your productivity. This can not only be done in PDF documents, however you can also create a fillable form in word documents.


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