Using Word to fill out PDF forms

Dec 11, '06 07:30:00AM

Contributed by: mattbrick

I work in a small company with a number of Mac users, who each used a different program to fill out PDF forms. On one end was the full-blown Acrobat, and on the other was the freebie Formulate. However, I recently (and accidentally) discovered another quick and useful way to add text to PDFs.

  1. Open a new document in Microsoft Word, then go to the Insert menu and select Watermark (this may also work in any word processor that allows pictures as watermarks).
  2. When the Watermark dialog box appears, click the Picture checkbox and then click on the Select Picture button.
  3. Select the PDF you want to fill out and click Insert. Make sure you uncheck the Washout box and leave Scale set to Auto.
  4. Click OK, and the PDF will appear as the background of your blank document.
Now you can complete and save the form for later use.

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