How To Make a PDF Form Fillable? [Part 1: Fillable PDF]
PART 1: Single and Multi-line Text Fields
Question: “How can I get people to fill out a PDF form or a PDF worksheet without having them to print it out manually, write/type their responses and then scan the completed form/worksheet before emailing it back to me?”
Answer: There are quite a number of programs out there that let you do all that but if you are looking for something that is FREE to use and still does everything that you mentioned above, I recommend PDF Escape.
PDF Escape is an online PDF reader, editor & form filler. As a virtual business assistant, my clients would often ask me to create fillable worksheets, workbooks, forms, etc. that they can send to their peeps. I use this tool for that.
My clients can also easily just do this themselves in case I’m not around to do it for them. Sometimes your Proactive Virtual Assistant could get sick or could go on a long honeymoon and you have no one else to turn to but yourself. Or perhaps you don’t have a virtual business assistant at all and you are still doing everything yourself for your business. Don’t stress out! This PDF Escape tutorial is going to help you. It's super easy. I promise, it’s no sweat!
NOTE: If you are a Virtual Assistant yourself, learning this tool will help you serve your clients better and will also help you get more clients. Almost each client I have, had at one point asked me to help them out with fillable PDFs and PDF Escape is always my go-to tool. This will definitely be a great addition to your portfolio.
So, here’s the step by step way of making a PDF form fillable using this tool.
You can use PDF Escape for free without signing up. However, it won’t let you store your PDF files. That means that after you are done working with it and you close the browser, you won’t be able to retrieve the files you uploaded into PDF Escape. So make sure that you are all done, satisfied with the results and have saved your files in your computer drive before closing your browser.
You can also sign up and use it for free and with that you may save your PDF files online on its platform in addition to being allowed to use its basic editing features. Its upload limit per file is 10 MB or 100 pages and can store up to 10 files for 7 days.
But for this tutorial, we will use PDF Escape for free without signing up.
I. Get Started
1) Go to: www.pdfescape.com
2) Click on the “Use Free” tab.
3) Click “Choose File”, then select the PDF file you want to make fillable from your computer drive.
4) Click “Upload”.
II. Work it Out a Bit
This is the part where the PDF form or sheet you want to make fillable is already uploaded to PDF Escape and you are ready to make it fillable. Here’s an image of a sample PDF form.
5) Click on Form Field under the Insert tab on the upper right corner.