how to create an editable pdf | Teaching in the Tongass

Sunday, June 19, 2016

how to create an editable pdf

So, you're ready for the big leagues, huh? Kidding! Creating an editable PDF is one of the easiest things you can do and it's totally painless, promise. Let's get to it!
If you don't have Adobe Pro DC, click here!

First, in Powerpoint, go to File-->Save As-->PDF. 
 Save your file somewhere you can find it (I can't find your file for you, sorry). I recommend your desktop, especially if you're a tidy person like me and keep it cleared :)
Open your PDF using ADOBE PRO. If you don't have Adobe Pro yet, you won't have these options. Click Tools to open the sidebar.
 When your Tools sidebar opens, click Forms-->Edit.
 For this particular file, I know it won't detect the places I want form fields, so I click No.

 Under Tasks, click Add New Field-->Text Field.
 Drag and create a text box where you want people to be able to type.
 Double click or select the Properties option.
 A window will open for you to format your text.
 On the Appearance tab, you can change the font size (if the dropdown menu doesn't have what you want, you can just click and type it). I'm changing my font to match my product and the color to white because it has a black background.
 In the Options tab, you can change the alignment to Left, Right or Center. I'm changing mine to Center.
 If you want multiple text boxes with the same formatting, you can copy and paste them and move/resize them to where you want them. BUT, if you don't change the NAME of the text field, they will all show up identical (for some products you may want that, but most likely you won't). I changed my 2nd text box to Text2 so the teacher can type in another student's name.
 Close Form Editing when you're done and you can test it out.

When you go to secure your file, make sure you ALLOW Filling in form fields or it won't work.
So that's it! I told you, super easy!

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  1. I have the worst time creating editable PDF files. I know the steps, but for some reason I always have issues. I love your tutorials. They are very easy to follow along and you do a great job at explaining the process! Thanks for sharing!

    Teaching Tidbits and More with Jamie

  2. What can you do if you don't have adobe pro? Any suggestions? We need to start using google drive/slides for our 1:1 school, but I am just starting to dive into figuring this out. Any help would be great~

    Renee from Science School Yard (

    1. I really have no idea about Google slides, sorry!

  3. Thank you SO much!! I have been trying to figure this out on my own for a while and was doing it completely wrong! Will this also embed the font into the PDF or will the buyer need to install the fonts I use?

    Thanks! :) :)

  4. I am so happy. This helped me out so much. Thanks you times one million! :)


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