Using a pre-made pdf form

  • jeff_davis_davis
    Answered on September 27, 2023 07:12 PM

    Is there a way to add fillable fields to my pdf and keep it looking the same? Or does it always create a different style form that doesn't look like the original pdf form?

  • Joseph JotForm Support
    Answered on September 28, 2023 03:53 AM

    Hi Jeff, 

    Thanks for reaching out to Jotform support. If you want to have the form fields filled by users reported to your original PDF, you can use Smart PDF Forms. Let me show you how:

    1. Go to Smart PDF Forms.
    2. Upload Your PDF Form.Using a pre made pdf form Image 1 Screenshot 70
    3. You'll be able to connect form fields to your original PDF. When the form is filled, the fields will be automatically reported on your original PDF.Using a pre made pdf form Image 2 Screenshot 81

    The user will see the form and will fill it out. Once submitted, the original PDF filled with the data inserted by the users will be automatically generated.Using a pre made pdf form Image 3 Screenshot 92Using a pre made pdf form Image 4 Screenshot 103

    A different style/form is needed to create a fillable form to pass the data to your PDF. Unfortunately, is not possible to fill in directly on the PDF with Smart PDF Forms.

    Alternatively, you can use Jotform Sign to make a PDF fillable and display it as the original version when is in the online version. Let me walk through it:

    1. Go to Jotform Sign.
    2. Upload your PDF document and insert the fields.Using a pre made pdf form Image 5 Screenshot 114
    3. The users will fill in the fields directly on the PDF.Using a pre made pdf form Image 6 Screenshot 125

    You might want to check out this guide about How to Use Jotform Sign

    Give it a try and let us know if you need any other help.