Make PDF forms with OpenOffice.org

By | 2010/07/11

How can I make a PDF form or document with typeable fields?

You can use OpenOffice.org to create a PDF document or form with typeable fields, all for free! There is no need to pay for the bloated, expensive, security-plagued Adobe software.

First create or open an existing document that is ready for input forms to be added.

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Next, open the Form Control tool bar by clicking View > Toolbars > Form Controls.

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For text form fields, click on the little ABC icon which is in a box. Then simply hold down the mouse and draw a box on the screen. Repeat for other form fields.

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You can do other forms such as check boxes and other items which are on that tool bar. I also put in a check box option on this example.

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You can of course do more elaborate settings for your form fields. Just double click on one of your field boxes and set more options as desire.

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When done, simply export to PDF! I suggest using File > Export as PDF to include any other PDF options you may desire.


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Typing in my PDF form!

Documents from this example: [ODT] [PDF]