Acrobat Reader’s form-related features are richer than ever with support for both traditional Acroforms and Fill & Sign forms.
There are two types of forms–Acroforms and Fill & Sign forms–and each has a slightly different set of features.
Acroforms already contain form fields. You cannot add or remove form fields from an Acroform. To fill out a form, simply tap a form field.
To navigate through fields:
To clear a field:
To help you use all your devices and peripherals and speed up your use of forms, Acrobat Reader supports Bluetooth keyboard navigation in forms.
By default, the app uses your in-app profile to suggest words when filling in form fields. As you type, matching profile entries appear in the popup associated with the keyboard. This feature saves time, especially on a mobile device. To configure your profile:
Tap > User Profile.
Fill in any field.
By default, the app uses your form fill-in history and user profile to suggest words in subsequent forms. This feature saves time, especially on a mobile device. Sources for suggestions include the following:
To disable this feature:
Tap > Preferences.
Disable Suggest words or phrases when filling forms.
You usage history is saved from completed forms. This allows the app to make suggestions as you type in form fields. To clear your suggestion history, tap Clear Suggestions > Clear All > Done.
You can easily turn almost any PDF into a form and either send it to others or fill it out yourself. Keep in mind some documents cannot use Fill & Sign features, including Acroforms and those PDFs which are signed or security protected.
To create a form in an open document:
Tap > to show the Fill & Sign toolbar.
Select a form tool; for example, a text field or checkbox.
Enter data. By default, the app suggests entries for text fields.
When you place a form element, a context menu provides options for changing the font size, deleting the element, and so on.
You can copy text from your clipboard to text fields.
Signing is a simple process, especially if you’ve already created your signature. Simply tap and place your signature.
Signed documents are locked and cannot be edited! Undo actions are not possible once the document is saved.
When you copy text to your device clipboard, you can paste that text into a text field by simply long pressing the field and tapping Paste.
As you fill in a form, you can undo and redo any action (except signing). Simply tap or in the upper right menu or above the keyboard (if it is visible).
To removed a field:
Does Acrobat Reader support XFA forms?
No. Acrobat Reader cannot open dynamic or static XFA forms created with LiveCycle Designer.
Is there any LiveCycle integration?
Acrobat Reader supports files secured by password security via Adobe LiveCycle Rights Management Server as well as document revocation. For details, see the Mobile Enterprise Guide at
Why does the form I completed on my device appear blank elsewhere?
There are several possible reasons:
Why don’t I see the form element tools?
You have opened an Acroform or a signed form. You cannot add form fields to those types of files.
Why doesn’t my profile data auto fill in the form?
You are likely looking at an Acroform rather than a Fill & Sign form. Profile data is only available with Fill & Sign.
Why can’t I edit my form?
Signed forms are locked.