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METHODS
TO ADD FORM FIELDS
IN ADOBE ACROBAT




TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. Summary.
II. Method of adding single-cell fields manually.
III. Method of adding single-cell fields automatically ("form field recognition").
IV. Method of adding rows of cells automatically.
V. Method of adding multi-row fields covering a part of a page or for a whole page (manually or automatically).

I. SUMMARY

Fillable fields can be added by a form creator either manually, or automatically, or by using a combination of manual and automatic techniques. There are pros and cons of each method for form creators, in speed and accuracy, depending on the number of form cells and sharpness of the form (lines and text).

For a small number of form cells (no more than a few hundred), the manual method can be more accurate and productive than any other method. Automatic field detection is usually not accurate and needs manual check, control, and adjustment. Adding rows of cells automatically is very fast, but has disadvantages for form users. Adding multi-row fields for a part of a page or for a whole page (manually or automatically) are rarely used methods. Despite all disadvantages, a form with a multi-row field covering a part of a page (or a whole page) is a preferable option over a non-fillable form.


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