How to Create a Customizable PDF

Written by jose leiva
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Making a customisable portable document format (PDF) file is possible as long as you have the right tools. Adobe, the creator of the PDF file format, has a PDF creation program called Adobe Acrobat that is capable of creating customisable PDF files using the "Form Wizard." This tool will allow users to create customisable PDF files even from non-PDF files such as Word documents or Excel spreadsheets.

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  • Adobe Acrobat

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  1. 1

    Click "Start" and then "All Programs." Browse through the menu for your version of Adobe Acrobat. As of October 2010, the latest version is Acrobat 9.

  2. 2

    Click the Acrobat version on your computer to run the program.

  3. 3

    Click "Forms," then "Start Form Wizard" to start the Form Wizard.

  4. 4

    Click "An existing electronic document" and then click "Next."

  5. 5

    Click "Import a file from file system." Click "Browse" to look through your computer files for the document you want to make into a customisable PDF. Click on the file, click "Open" and then click "Next" to create a non-customisable PDF of the file.

  6. 6

    Click "Add new field" and then click the type of field you want to add to the PDF. Place that field wherever you want in the file. For example, adding a text field will make it so that users can customise the file by adding text to the file. Repeat this step until you've added all the fields you want to the file.

  7. 7

    Click "File," then "Save." Type in a name for your customisable PDF file, then click "Save" to save the non-customisable PDF as a customisable PDF.

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