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    • Bogof_Babe
    • By Bogof_Babe 31st Mar 10, 9:00 PM
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    Online pdf form, won't let me fill in
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    • 31st Mar 10, 9:00 PM
    Online pdf form, won't let me fill in 31st Mar 10 at 9:00 PM
    I'm trying to fill in a form online, on a pdf file, but it won't let me put anything in the boxes. I point to where I want to type but it doesn't respond when I try to enter data. Instead of a cursor there is a little hand, and when I right click I get "Allow Hand Tool to Select Text". Don't know what that means but checked it anyway, but it still won't let me type in the boxes.

    Any advice please?
    I haven't bogged off yet, and I ain't no babe


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  • AndersonButler
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    • 31st Mar 10, 9:07 PM
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    • 31st Mar 10, 9:07 PM
    If it's in a PDF format I doubt you will be able to fill it in online. You will probably have to print it off and fill it in by hand.
  • phil_sigley
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    • 31st Mar 10, 9:12 PM
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    • 31st Mar 10, 9:12 PM
    Hi

    This is right, if the form is in PDF format you are most likely to be viewing it in Acrobat Reader, PDF files are read only when viewed in there and cant be filled in. To edit it you would need Acrobat professional which is paid for software and isnt cheap.

    if its a simple form try copying and pasting it into a word processor like Microsoft word (this sometimes works) if you have word 2007 you would be able to save it as pdf when you are done.
    • DCFC79
    • By DCFC79 31st Mar 10, 9:21 PM
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    • 31st Mar 10, 9:21 PM
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    • 31st Mar 10, 9:21 PM
    Just do it by hand, much easier by hand,
    Je Suis Charlie
    • Bogof_Babe
    • By Bogof_Babe 31st Mar 10, 9:51 PM
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    • #5
    • 31st Mar 10, 9:51 PM
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    • 31st Mar 10, 9:51 PM
    Thanks all. I'm quite happy to print it off and do it by hand, but the instructions say to fill it in online and then print it off. Probably compiled by someone else who doesn't understand these things .
    I haven't bogged off yet, and I ain't no babe


    • alanrowell
    • By alanrowell 31st Mar 10, 10:25 PM
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    • 31st Mar 10, 10:25 PM
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    • 31st Mar 10, 10:25 PM
    You can create PDFs that can be filled in on-line.

    http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/328/328647.html

    Determinewhether a PDF form can be filled on screen
    To determine if you can fill a PDF form on screen, check to see if it contains interactive form fields and check for restrictive security settings. (For more information about PDF security settings, see the Acrobat or Adobe Reader Help.)
    To determine whether a form contains interactive form fields:
    1. Open the form in an Acrobat product.
    2. Select the Hand tool, and then drag it over fields in the PDF form. The form contains form fields if the Hand tool changes to either of the following icons:
    -- An I-beam (the Text Select tool, which you use to type text in a text field).
    -- A pointing hand (which you use to select an option or to check a box)
    3. In Acrobat 3D, Acrobat 7, or Adobe Reader 7, click Highlight Fields and/or Highlight Required Fields in the Document Message Bar. Interactive fields will display a colored fill.
  • john87
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    • 31st Mar 10, 10:35 PM
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    • 31st Mar 10, 10:35 PM
    Try downloading the latest release of adobe acrobat reader

    I think version 9 allows interactive forms.
  • slummymummyof3
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    • 31st Mar 10, 10:51 PM
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    • 31st Mar 10, 10:51 PM
    There are a number of free programmes available that allow you to convert a PDF to a Word document so that you can edit them. Just Google 'PDF to Word converter'
    • debitcardmayhem
    • By debitcardmayhem 31st Mar 10, 11:57 PM
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    • 31st Mar 10, 11:57 PM
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    • 31st Mar 10, 11:57 PM
    You can create PDFs that can be filled in on-line.

    http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/328/328647.html
    Originally posted by alanrowell
    Yes Alan is correct, it is the same with word documents too etc, however if you work with turkeys you cannot soar with the eagles, our HR department produced 80 documents which were protected so that they could not be changed before printing, but sadly the muppet forgot to change the forms to have user input bits unprotected.
    The faceless forum team said
    I'm afraid we had to remove your signature. It was felt that it could be upsetting to other users who had a stroke.
    But removing said signature upsets someone who has had one, ergo yours truly, and has still never received an explanation as to who felt it could be upsetting and why...Let alone the terrible grammar
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