How to auto-fill fields in adobe acrobat

Written by tommy charles
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You can save yourself a considerable amount of time when filling in forms in Adobe Acrobat by turning on the Auto-Complete, or "Auto-Fill" feature. This feature will remember values, either numerical or alphabetical, that you have entered before. When you enter a similar value in the future, the program will provide you with a drop-down menu containing the completed value. If the value is identical to what you are typing, you can select it and move faster.

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  1. 1

    Start Adobe Acrobat by clicking "Start" > "All Programs" > "Adobe" > "Acrobat."

  2. 2

    Click "Edit" > "Preferences."

  3. 3

    Click the "Forms" option on the left side of the "Preferences" dialogue box that appears.

  4. 4

    Point the mouse cursor to the "Auto-Complete" heading, and then click either "Basic" or "Advanced."

  5. 5

    Click the white check box to the left of "Remember Numerical Data" if you would like to turn this feature on. Click "OK."

Tips and warnings

  • Auto-Complete will activate at any time when you are entering data into a field that you have entered before. To use the Auto-Complete suggestion, simply press the "down" arrow key on your keyboard, and then press "Enter." Alternatively, you can point the mouse cursor to the selection and click.
  • Dynamic forms created in Adobe LiveCycle Designer work with Auto-Complete a bit differently. To select the Auto-Complete suggestion when working with these fields, you must double-click it.

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