Create forms using Acrobat

You can convert an existing electronic document (for example, a Word, Excel, or PDF document) or scan a paper document to a PDF form, and then add interactive form fields to the form.

Note: When you convert a document to an Acrobat form, Acrobat detects the form fields in the document. You need to examine the document carefully to verify that Acrobat detected the correct fields.

You can create forms from an existing electronic document (for example, a Word, PDF, or Excel document) or scan a paper form into a PDF form.

  1. Choose File > Create > PDF Form.
  2. Do one of the following, and then follow the on-screen instructions.
    • To convert an existing electronic document (for example, Word or PDF) to a PDF form, select Use The Current Document or Browse to a file.

      Note: If you don’t want to use the wizard, you can open the file, and then choose Tools > Forms > Edit to convert a PDF document to an Acrobat form. Acrobat detects the document type, converts it to PDF, and detects and creates fields.
    • To scan a paper form and convert it to a PDF form, select Scan a Paper Form.

Acrobat creates the form and opens it in the form edit mode. The Forms task pane displays the options that you’ll need to edit the form.

To create a form from scratch, in Acrobat choose Tools > Pages > More Insert Options > Insert Blank Page, and then choose Tools > Forms > Edit.
For tutorials and videos on creating forms, see these resources: