How to create a fillable PDF on a Mac.

Make, send, and share fillable PDFs on your Mac in minutes with the help of these guidelines.

PDFs, or portable document format files, are one of the most popular ways people share documents with each other. If you’ve ever downloaded an online form, like a bank statement, chances are it was a PDF. And the reason they’re so common is that they have been designed to reproduce on any device (desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and so on).

But even though PDFs are easy to view anywhere, they can be tricky to edit on Mac computers — especially if you want other people to fill out your form. So here are some tips on how to create a fillable PDF on a Mac.

Craft your document.

Use any word processor and/or template to draft the first version of your document. Just make sure you can export it as a PDF when you’re done.

Include everything you want to appear on the final fillable PDF, such as form instructions and the name of each form field. If you want people to sign the PDF, you can add space for signatures here too. Then, give your document a proofread and save it to your Mac in PDF format (.pdf).

Transform your document into a fillable form.

Next, you’ll need a PDF management application. If you don’t already have one on your Mac, use Adobe Acrobat DC or Acrobat online services to easily work with PDFs. If you’re using the Acrobat desktop application, follow these easy instructions to complete your fillable form:

  1. Open the application, click the Tools tab, and select Prepare Form.
  2. Upload your document.
  3. Add form fields where appropriate.
  4. Save and download your form as a PDF.

Now share your fillable form with fellow students, colleagues, or teammates — and discover what more you can do with Acrobat DC today.