Adobe Acrobat Reader (PDF) Online Form Instructions
PLEASE NOTE: not all Acrobat (PDF) documents on this site or others can be filled out online! Those that can be filled out using the instructions below should be clearly identified on the web page that links to them.
To type in a form, first click the hand button on the top toolbar to make sure you are in data entry "mode." Next, click in a form field (blank space where text is required) and begin typing.
Press the TAB key to move to the next form field, and press SHIFT+TAB (simultaneously) to move to the previous field. Note that some fields allow you to type multiple lines; others do not. If you type beyond the visible space in the form field, what is not visible will not print.
To correct a mistake, click in the blank space again and you will be able to edit your text. However, you cannot resize the letters or change the font.
To mark a check box, simply click in it; click again to un-mark it.
Sometimes Adobe Acrobat documents are displayed by default in a "zoomed-out" state; that is, the text appears far away. Click the toolbar button that looks like this: (the third in a row of buttons that unfortunately look very similar). The document will be displayed so that it fits the window.
Some forms have multiple pages. Use the paging buttons on the top toolbar to move through the pages of the form. You can also scroll down as you would in a word processing document.
To print the form, press the CTRL and P keys simultaneously. (Macintosh users, press the Apple key and P and P). A window will pop up where you can choose a printer if necessary.
PDF forms do have some limitations; one is that the majority cannot be saved in their "filled-in" state. However, you can always print a blank or partially completed form and fill it out with a typewriter. Many departments on campus require typewritten forms and do not accept handwritten forms. You may also download the newest version of Acrobat Reader, at the below link, which has improved form capabilities.
Read the form-specific instructions carefully! Many forms require signatures, dates, and other items to be filled in by hand. After you print the form, make sure to review it to see any areas that still need to be filled out.
If you have questions about information on a form, call the appropriate office (such as Financial Aid); use the Faculty/Staff Directory to look up names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses. If you have technical problems with this form, contact the Web Coordinator at email@example.com.
You may return to the form by clicking on the Back button in your web browser.
Last updated August 15, 2012 ; Send feedback to the Webmaster.