How to Make a Fillable PDF without Adobe Acrobat

Adobe Acrobat is an excellent PDF program that comes with great editing features. One of its popular functions is the ability to create fillable PDF forms with various form-tools. However, if you don’t have a full copy of Adobe Acrobat, you may not be able to use it. In this article, we discuss the best Adobe Acrobat alternative software and online programs that you can use to create a fillable PDF easily.

PDFelement Pro is the best Adobe Acrobat alternative for creating a fillable PDF on both Windows and Mac devices. This powerful editing tool allows you to fill out PDF forms and edit PDF form data effortlessly. Moreover, it also allows users to export and import PDF form data so as to fill out PDF forms quickly and easily.

Method 1: Create a Fillable PDF with PDF Template Forms

Step 1. Choose PDF Templates

PDFelement Pro provides you with the most commonly used PDF form templates which you can download for free. The form templates are designed for various categories such as Business, Employment, Education and Housing, Health, Finance, Law, and Travel. You can firstly download your preferred PDF form template.

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Step 2. Create Fillable PDF Form from Template

Open your downloaded PDF template on PDFelement Pro, and select the text box you want to edit. On the right of the Edit area, it will appear a text font menu and a color menu. You can edit the fillable PDF as you need. Besides, there are other edit tools like "Add Text", "Add Image", "Link" are also available.


Method 2: Create PDF Form from Blank Document

Step 1. Create a Blank Documnet

Open PDFelement Pro, create a new blank PDF file by clicking on "File" > "Create" > "Blank Document".

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Step 2. Make PDF Fillable

From "Form" menu, you can create your fillable PDF by choosing "Text Field", "Check Box", "Radio Button", "List Box", etc. After you added all the element you need, you can align or distribute fields on the right menu window.

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Step 3. Fill PDF Form

After you create your fillable PDF, you can turn to the "Edit" option on top tool bar, which allows you to fill on the fields. It also provides several functions such as "Add Image", "Link", "OCR", "Watermark" and more. It is such a convenience and professional fillable form creator that meet all your form requirements.

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Mthod 3: Create Fillable PDF Forms Online for Free

Jotform is an online PDF form creator that helps users to create fillable PDF forms with ease operate. There are over 8,000 templates that you can choose from, or you can create your own fillable PDF form from scratch with the drag and drop builder. Users can also export the form to fillable PDFs or send them directly to the intended recipients.

Step 1. Launch your browser and visit

Step 2. Click on the “Create a fillable PDF form.” A pop-up window will appear with two options for making PDF form online (Classic Form or Card Form).

Step 3. Select “Create PDF Form” to make a brand new fillable PDF form. In the next tab, you will be able to see form fields. Jotform has any type of form field you might need.

Step 4. Once you have created the fillable PDF form, you can save it to your computer.


Method 4: Make a Fillable PDF in Word

Word is also an excellent PDF form creator as it can help you create high-quality fillable forms. You just need to start with a template. Here is a detailed step by step guide on how to make a fillable PDF in Word.

Step 1.

Open the form template (Word Document) that you want to make into a fillable PDF form.

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Step 2.

Go to "File"> "Print" and ensure that "Wondershare PDFelement" is selected as the printer. Click on the print button.

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Step 3.

The fillable PDF you created which will then open automatically in PDFelement Pro.

Step 4.

At this window, the prepared PDF is appeared. You can click on the "Form" button to make PDF fillable. Then you can use the tools on the “Form” menu to edit your fillable PDF.

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Published: Apr 26,2017 16:29 pm / Updated: Jan 26,2019 10:37 am
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