How to make a PDF interactive.
What is an interactive PDF file? Learn how to share information in new and exciting ways.
Interactive PDFs have elements your readers can engage with. This includes buttons, links, videos, and more. They’re perfect for presentations or organizing different types of content in a single document. That makes the format a popular choice for teachers and instructional designers.
Are you ready to enrich your next document? Here’s how to create (and export) an interactive PDF.
How to create an interactive PDF.
To get started, open your PDF (or create a new one) in a tool like Adobe Acrobat. Then explore these options to add interactive elements to any page:
- Add buttons: Edit PDF > Link > Add/Edit Web or Document Link > Menu Button
- Add links: Edit PDF > Link > Add/Edit Web or Document Link
- Add video: Tools > Rich Media > Add Video > Insert Video
- Add checkboxes: Tools > Prepare Form > Checkbox
- Add other form fields like signatures: Tools > Prepare Form
When you’re ready, preview the final version by choosing Tools > Print Production > Output Preview. Test each element to make sure it works as you intended. Take a few moments to make any last-minute changes before continuing.
Export your PDF.
If you don’t export your PDF properly, there’s a chance you’ll lose some interactive elements. Here’s how to save an interactive PDF from Acrobat:
- Click File.
- Choose Export.
- Name your file.
- Select Adobe PDF (Interactive).
- Click All or customize the export settings.
- Select OK.
If your interactive PDF has signature fields, you can share the document with anyone who needs to sign it. You can also point them to Acrobat online services to easily fill and sign the PDF.
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