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How to Create an Interactive PDF Form

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2022-09-06 10:19:44 • Filed to: PDF Form Solution • Proven solutions

PDF Forms play a significant role in our daily transactions, especially in the finance and HR departments. If you are working with forms, you definitely want to fill them faster and effectively. The secret is with creating editable PDF forms or recognizable forms, otherwise referred to as interactive PDF forms. This way, you can automatically feed the respective fields with corresponding data. In this article, we shall take you through a step by step guide on how to create interactive PDF form or editable PDF forms.

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How to Create an Interactive PDF Form

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Step 1. Open PDF file

Run PDFelement on your device to open the main window. At the bottom left, click the “Open files” tab to access the file explorer window. Lookup for the PDF file that you want to create an editable form and click “Open” to be imported into the program’s interface.

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Step 2. Create an Editable PDF form

When the PDF file successfully loads on the PDFelement interface, navigate to the toolbar and click on the “Form” tab. From the subsequent Form sub-menu, locate and click the “Edit” icon on the top right. Now, you can manually create fillable forms. You can do this with the help of several buttons and boxes like text fields, combo boxes, checkboxes, list boxes, radio buttons, and list buttons. Just click on the desired box or button, say text field, and select the location you want to add to your form so that it is added automatically.

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Step 3. Close form editing

After adding the target fields, buttons, or boxes, click the “Close Form Editing” button on the menu bar. After hitting this button, click on the text field or the button you added to the form. Start typing your desired text directly if you added the text field. Do the respective actions on combo boxes, radio buttons, list boxes, and checkboxes, among others, if you selected them.

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How to Create an Interactive PDF Form

Step 1. Open PDF file

After launching PDFelement on your computer, go to the bottom left of this primary window and hit the “Open files” button. This should direct you to the file explorer window. Locate the target PDF form, select it, and click “Open” to upload it to the program’s interface.

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Step 2. Start form recognition

Now that the PDF file is successfully uploaded, navigate to the toolbar and click on the “Form” tab. From the Form sub-menu, hit the "More" > “Recognize Form” option. The program will immediately run the recognition process. Check the progress in the background. The program will recognize the blanks and tables automatically, and the fillable fields shall be created.

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Step 3. Fill out form

The fields are now recognizable. Just go to the menu bar and click on the “Edit” icon. Navigate to the filed you would like to fill and place the cursor inside it. Start typing the information you wanted to input in that particular field. Do this for all the other fields you wanted to fill.

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