Adobe Acrobat DC Create, Edit, Fill & Sign Forms, and Export PDFs

Prepare/Add Fields to a Form

This Adobe page, Convert existing forms to fillable PDFs, contains instructions on how to access the Prepare Form option, insert form fields, and other functions necessary for creating a form.

Fill and Sign / Electronic Signatures

The signature tool is available in both Reader and Acrobat, so all users have the ability to sign your form, but they need to activate turning on the "Fill and Sign" feature.

Fill and Sign alleviates the need to create Form Fields

  • This Adobe page section on saving fillable forms is a nice, comprehensive set of instructions on how to fill in a PDF form.
    Notice the first thing it asks, "Is the Form Fillable?" and explains options for completing fillable forms and "flat" forms (this is Fill and Sign). *
  • This page is specific to using the Fill and Sign option
    Notice the section named SIGN OR INITIAL YOUR FORM.  Users can follow these instructions to use a mouse, stylus or their finger to sign or initial a document. *
Please ignore the instructions and screenshots related to "Request Signatures." Those features are included with a product called Adobe Sign that comes with the Adobe Document Suite, SVSU has licensing for the Creative Suite only, not Document Cloud.

Enable a PDF Form to Save User Responses

Allow users to fill in the fields of your form and save their data entered from within Adobe Reader. To enable your form with these features open Adobe Acrobat Pro DC select File > Save As Other  > Reader Extended PDF > Enable More Tools (includes Form Fill-in & Save) 

You need to reapply the steps above to enable Fill-in & Save on each form you'd like to be fillable.

Completing Fillable Forms for Users without Adobe Acrobat

  1. Download the Form: For the best experience, you need to download and save the form and use Adobe Reader to complete the form. 
  2. Download Adobe Reader if it is not installed. IMPORTANT NOTE: Uncheck the McAfee and Chrome extensions (they are checked by default).
  3. Open Adobe Reader: Fill out the form by directly typing in the field, then save your data. From the Adobe Reader menu click File > Save As and choose the location on your computer and click Save. 
  4. Send the completed form to the intended recipient via email OR using the Inbox in Canvas.
If the form opens in a web browser users need to download and save the file. Do not fill it out or print from the browser.

Create PDFs from text and image files 

Convert text or images into a PDF format by using the Create PDF tool inside of Adobe Acrobat. 

Save or Convert an Office file to PDF to Share or Print

Convert your Office file (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and others) to PDF for preserving the format of your file when sharing or printing.  On the Microsoft Support article choose the type of device you are working on and choose the Office program from the drop-down menu.

Export PDFs to a Microsoft Office Formats

Open the Office file that you want to export in Acrobat DC then use the Export PDF tool

Export a PDF to Word 

Open the PDF in Acrobat they use the Export PDF tool and choose Microsoft Word as your format.  

Combine Multiple PDFs into a Single PDF 

Take several PDFs and merge them into one PDF organize them by drag and drop, delete, or rotate the pages, crop, insert pages, and more.  

Convert Documents and Images to PDF 

Take a document or image and turn it into a PDF file. Scan a document and make it a searchable and editable PDF using OCR. 

Use Adobe Scan mobile app to Digitize Your Documents and Images

Learn how to make digital copies of documents or images with our recommended mobile apps.   

Reduce File Size and Optimize your PDFs 

Acrobat can compress the size of your PDF without comprising the quality of your content. 

More Adobe Acrobat Resources

Adobe Acrobat Learn & Support 
Acrobat DC Tutorials (Watch short tutorials and Use Practice Files) 
Acrobat User Guide (Step-by-step instructions)