How do I create free fillable PDF files?

Updated July 20, 2017

Creating fillable PDF files has never been easier. In a few simple steps, you can make a free form using Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat that Internet users can fill on the website itself. Creating fillable files is free, and these files can be e-mailed or upload on the web as well. These instructions are primarily for Windows but might also be useful for Mac OS.

Open Microsoft Word and click on "File" and then on "New."

Type the fields you want on your form. Draw a line after each field. You can draw a line by holding the "Shift" button and pressing the underscore button (usually between the "0" button and "+" button). For example:

First Name ****_

Last Name ****_

Date of Birth ****_

SSN ****_

Click on the Microsoft Office Button after your form is complete and then click on "Save As." Then click on "PDF or XPS." In the "File Name" field type the filename you want your file to have. In the "Save As Type" field click on "PDF."

Start Adobe Acrobat and open the PDF file saved in the previous step. Click on "Advanced" tab, then on "Forms", then on "Make forms fillable in Designer."

Follow the instructions of the New Form Assistant that opens to set up your form. You will be asked a series of questions to create the form of your choice. Select appropriate answers according to your form needs.

Choose the appropriate "Field type" for all your fields. For example, choose "Text" for "First Name" and "Last Name," choose "Numeric" for "Date of Birth." Save your form, and it is now ready for use.


There are other ways of making a fillable PDF form as well - directly creating a new form in Acrobat or using third part software (may charge you a fee).

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Word 2007 or higher, Trial version
  • Adobe Acrobat 7 or higher, Trial version
  • Adobe Reader
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Anshul Agrawal is a blogger and writer. Agrawal started blogging in 2008 and writing for publications in 2010. Agrawal has a Bachelors in computer science from the State University of New York and a Masters in business administration from the University of North Carolina.