Important Tips for Viewing and Using Fillable PDFs

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Companies are making more PDF Reader to meet the growing demand for PDF readers. PDF readers allow you to enjoy both book reading and official document work with PDF files.

Save the form on your computer before you complete it

First, download the PDF form to your computer. Then open it with Adobe Reader. Fill it in. You have two options: you can type directly in each field or you can copy and paste the text. You cannot change the font that has been pre-selected. The system can only accept regular text (upper or lower case), and will not accept script or formulas.

You can save your data to be able to re-open the file later and modify or add additional information.

Download the most recent version of Adobe Reader

Adobe Reader is required to open and complete PDF application forms. The latest version of Adobe Reader is highly recommended. If you do not have it installed on your computer, you may download the latest version free of charge from http://get.adobe.com/reader/otherversions.

Mac users, don’t use Preview

Macintosh users should not use the Preview program to fill out the PDF form. Adobe Reader is the only program that allows you to use the form correctly and to view the results on a Windows computer. You can download Adobe Reader from the link above.

Chrome users, don’t use ChromePDFViewer

Chrome browser users should not use the Chrome PDF viewer program for filling out the PDF form. Adobe Reader is the only program that can properly work with the form. Adobe Reader is required to use this link to download it. Follow these instructions to disable Chrome PDF viewer.

Disable in-browser viewing

If you are having problems using the form via your browser, use the instructions here to turn off in-browser PDF viewing: http://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/display-pdf-browser-acrobat-xi.html Or, try the instructions below.

Only print if your cursor isn’t in a form box

You can use your mouse to select an area in the form that isn’t within a field, or you can hit the tab key after entering the last box. If a field is active (e.g. The blinking bar contains a form field, the contents of the block will not print.

Print from Acrobat, but not the browser

To print the fillable form, make sure you use the printer button in the Acrobat toolbar menu.

Save the file

You can print PDF forms if you are having trouble printing them after you have completed them.

Downloading the Form and Saving it

Save the form on your computer before you attempt to complete it

Fillable PDF forms can be saved and completed using Adobe Acrobat reader (this software must be installed on your computer). First, save the form to your computer.

  1. Place your cursor over the form link, and click with your right-click mouse button.
  2. Select the Save target… option from Internet Explorer, or the Save link as… option from another browser.
  3. The next step is to select a location where you want to save the file.
  4. Click on the Save button to select the location from your network or computer.
  5. Save the file and navigate to it.

Completing fillable forms

Complete the form and save it with Adobe Acrobat Reader

  1. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to open the PDF file you have saved on your computer or network.
  2. Please complete the form
  3. Go to File > Save as from the Reader menu.
  4. You can choose either the Text (recommended) format or the PDF (recommended).
  5. The next step is to select a location where you want to save the file.
  6. Click Save to select the location from your network or computer.

Troubleshooting

Field or Form Exceeds Printed Page

Your text may be too long if you can’t see all of it. Your entry should be reduced to what you can see. Only visible text will print. You may need to check the “Shrink to Fit” printer dialog box to ensure that the form is printed on one page.

An .pdf file doesn’t open

The link to a.pdf file was clicked but the file didn’t open. Adobe Reader or an equivalent program may not have been installed on your computer. Try to install the software again and open the.pdf file.

Unable To View or Download a.pdf File Using Adobe Reader

Adobe Reader cannot view, print or download a PDF file. This can be fixed by changing the preferences of your Reader PDF viewer.

  1. Close the browser
  2. Open Adobe Reader
  3. Go to Edit > Preferences> Internet from the menu bar
  4. Make sure Display PDF in Browser is and not selected under Options
    When you next click on a link to a publication or.pdf form, it will open in another browser window.

A.pdf doesn’t print properly or at all

Printing the PDF as an image can help you resolve the problem.

Adobe Reader is required

  1. Click on the Print icon
  2. Click Advanced in the Print dialog box
  3. You can check the Print as Image box
  4. To close the Advanced Print Setup dialog, click OK
  5. In the Print dialog box, click OK and Print

Printing the PDF as an image may not solve the problem.

  • You should ensure that you have the most recent printer driver installed for your printer
  • Print to a different printer
  • Save the file to your hard drive again and print it
  • For further assistance, refer to your printer manual

Unable use Google Chrome or Safari PDF viewers

Sometimes, the PDF viewer embeds itself in the browser. Here are some solutions to problems with Safari viewers and Google Chrome.

Unable use the Google Chrome PDF viewer

Google Chrome’s built-in PDF viewer might not allow you view PDFs or access certain functions. These steps will help you to resolve the problem.

  1. In Chrome, type chrome://plugins/ in the address bar. Then, press [ Enter]
  2. Scroll down to the PDF Viewer
  3. To stop PDFs loading in Chrome, click the Disable button
  4. Save the files to your computer
  5. You can open them in Adobe Reader or another standalone program.

Unable use the Safari PDF viewer

Safari’s built-in PDF viewer might not allow you view PDFs or provide certain functions. These steps will help you to resolve the problem.

  1. Close Safari
  2. Type the following in Terminal
    For defaults, write com.apple.Safari WebKitOmitPDFSupport-bool YES
  3. Restart Safari
  4. To download a PDF, click on the link.

Set the default PDF viewer for Firefox

Firefox users might also want to switch to Adobe Reader as their default viewer.

  1. Navigate to Tools > Option in Firefox.
  2. Click on the Application tab
  3. Scroll down to Portable document format (PDF), and then, choose Use Adobe Reader from the Action dropdown menu.
  4. Close the Options tab
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