Adobe PDF forms contain special fields that let you type text or select options. To fill out a PDF form, you can use the appropriate form fields that have been provided. Once you have completed the form, you can print the form and export the form data to a separate file. If you are filling out a PDF form from inside a web browser, you may be able to submit the form over the web.
Why does LLU use PDF smart forms?
Adobe PDF smart forms, at the least, enable the user to electronically fill out a form. The form has data fields where text can be entered, pop-up menus or scroll boxes where choices are selected, radio buttons for selecting alternatives or multiple closed questions. Smart forms also help the user stay within the parameters defined by the form author. Alternative choices for example can be limited to only the acceptable responses the forms designer intended. Open field entries can limit the number of characters for any intended field. Various field boxes can be hidden from the user so as eliminate confusion between user input and authorized input.
Even when forms are necessary for analog signatures and hard copy documents required by various departments, completing smart forms will make them more legible and offer the end user the ability to keep backup copies electronically stored. In this case, the need for photocopying at least one piece of paper has been eliminated. For electronic submission of forms, the benefits are obvious. No paper copies need to be produced and the forms author can collect data that can be submitted to a database and electronically stored. The need for a technician to manually enter the data into the database will be eliminated.
Instructions for completing PDF forms
To fill out a PDF form:
To clear a form in a browser window:
Do one of the following:
Clicking the reload button or the go back button, or following a link in a world wide web browser window does not clear a form.
Important: There is no undo for this action.
To clear a form in Acrobat:
Choose File > Revert.