How to Create Interactive PDF Documents

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How to Create Interactive PDF Documents
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One feature of PDF documents is their interactive potential. With a Word document, you can either make it entirely interactive, meaning anyone can change anything, or not interactive at all. PDFs allow you to specify things more precisely, making specific fields interactive in certain ways. To do so, you will need Adobe Acrobat.

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Things you need

  • Adobe Acrobat

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  1. 1

    Open your PDF document if you have already begun or create a new one in Adobe Acrobat.

  2. 2

    Choose "Add or Edit Fields" from the "Forms" menu.

  3. 3

    Click "Add New Field."

  4. 4

    Select the type of field you wish to create. For example, you can create a text input field, a numeric input field, or a field that allows freeform drawing such as for signatures.

  5. 5

    Click on the page where you want the field to go. This will create a field at Acrobat's default size. To customise the size, drag a box with your mouse around the area you wish to make interactive.

  6. 6

    Type the name of the field. This will help you identify it later.

  7. 7

    Repeat Steps 2-6 for any interactive fields you wish to create.

Tips and warnings

  • When creating interactive PDF documents, make sure to clearly label what fields are interactive and what action you wish the reader to take.

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