How to Check Boxes in Adobe 8

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How to Check Boxes in Adobe 8
Check boxes on PDF forms in Adobe Acrobat 8. (OK-check image by Brett Bouwer from

Adobe Acrobat 8 provides the ability to create, edit and manage Portable Document Format (PDF) files. With Adobe Acrobat 8, you can open interactive PDF forms, often used as an electronic form of an application or fill-in survey. Even if the form is not interactive, there are ways you can open the PDF in Acrobat and check boxes. You'll know whether the form is interactive if the cursor changes when you scroll over blank form fields.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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    On Interactive Forms

  1. 1

    Open a PDF document in Adobe Acrobat 8.

  2. 2

    Select the "Hand" tool or the "Select" tool from the toolbar.

  3. 3

    Click the "Highlight Fields" icon on the document message toolbar. This will highlight all the interactive form fields so you can easily see them.

  4. 4

    Scroll over an empty checkbox. The cursor will change to a pointing finger icon.

  5. 5

    Click inside the box to check it.

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    Press "Tab" to move on to the next checkbox. Press "Esc" if you want to undo the check and deselect the form field.

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    Click "File" and "Save as" when you are done checking boxes on the form.

    On Non-interactive Forms

  1. 1

    Open a PDF document in Adobe Acrobat 8.

  2. 2

    Click the "Tools" menu. Select "Typewriter" and "Show Typewriter Toolbar." Select the "Typewriter" button from the toolbar to type over the empty checkboxes.

  3. 3

    Place your cursor on a checkbox. Press "x" or whatever you want to use to check the box. You may not be able to insert a check on a non-interactive form, but you can still enter text in the boxes electronically.

  4. 4

    Click "File" and "Save as" to save the form, or select "Print" to print the form.

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