How to Save Data Typed Into a PDF Form

by Amy Dombrower
Save filled-in PDF forms in Adobe Acrobat or Reader.

Save filled-in PDF forms in Adobe Acrobat or Reader.

Portable Document Format (PDF) forms are commonly-used for electronic applications, reviews and surveys. When you receive an interactive PDF form, fill it in using form tools in either the full version software, Adobe Acrobat, or its free PDF viewer counterpart, Adobe Reader. How you are able to save your filled-in entries depends on which application your using.

In Adobe Acrobat

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Click the "File" menu after you're done completing a PDF form.

2

Choose "Save as." This will allow you save a new copy of the filled-in form as opposed to overwriting the form.

3

Enter a new file name. Select a destination folder for the file.

4

Click "Save."

In Adobe Reader

1

Click the "File" menu with the completed PDF form open.

2

Select "Save a Copy." You will only be able to save a copy that includes your typed-in data if the form granted Reader extended rights. Otherwise, the saved copy will be the orginal form.

3

Enter a new file name and select a destination folder.

4

Click "Save."

Tip

  • check To enable Reader users to save, you need to grant extended rights on the PDF form before distributing it. To do so, open the form in Adobe Acrobat. Click the "Close Form Editing" button in the top-right corner. Click the "Advanced" menu. In Acrobat Pro, select "Extend Features in Adobe Reader." In Acrobat Standard, select "Extend Forms Fill-in & Save in Adobe Reader."

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About the Author

Amy Dombrower is a journalist and freelance writer living in Chicago. She worked in the newspaper industry for three years and enjoys writing about technology, health, paper crafts and life improvement. Some of her passions are graphic design, movies, music and fitness. Dombrower earned her Bachelor of Arts in journalism from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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