Random forms tips

Users continue to ask interesting questions about creating, completing, and submitting forms in Acrobat and Reader. I’ve tried to address most of those questions in the troubleshooting tips in this help topic: “Completing and submitting PDF forms”.
Here are some additional forms tips, gleaned from user comments on help pages.
– If you do not see a Submit button in the body of the form, look for it in the purple document message bar, just below the toolbar in Acrobat and Reader. Acrobat automatically creates this button if the form author did not add one.
– If you received a form in e-mail and have trouble submitting it in Microsoft Outlook, try clicking the Send button. This may help, depending on which version you’re using and how the application is set up.
– Although Acrobat does not provide a direct way to indicate that a submitted form was transmitted correctly, you can use JavaScript to create an Alert box. This Alert can inform your recipients that the form submission was received. For more information on how to do this, check out Thom Parker’s tutorial at:
– The information you type into a field can extend beyond the visible space provided. The additional information is available when you click the + sign, but it does not print. You might be able to decrease the font size to display the entire contents of the field.
– You cannot edit a PDF form if you have the free Adobe Reader. You need at least Acrobat Standard to edit PDFs.
Do you have other forms tips?

One Response to Random forms tips

  1. lisa says:

    It’s ridiculous that info can not be printed when it extends past the visible space.
    1. How does one reduce the font size?
    2. Is there any way to make to field box adjust to fit the text when filling it out?