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Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro

PDF Forms: Creating a Submit Button

You can create a Submit button that allows a user to submit a completed form by attaching itself to an email. The creator of the form designates the address to which the form will be sent. This document explains how to create a Submit button.

  1. Open the PDF file that you will use for the form

  2. From the Forms menu, select Add or Edit Fields...
    Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro switches into Form Editing mode.

  3. From the Add New Field pull-down menu, select Show Tools on Toolbar
    The Forms toolbar appears.
    Forms toolbar

  4. Click BUTTON TOOLButton Tool button
    HINT: The cursor changes to a cross hairs. The cross hairs allow you to align the button with the ruler, text, or another form field.

  5. Position the cursor where you want the button to begin

  6. Click and drag until the button is of the desired size
    OR
    To create a button of the default size, click the page at the desired location for the button
    The Field Name entry box appears.
    Field Name entry box

  7. In the Field Name text box, type a name that identifies the button

  8. To edit additional properties of the button, click SHOW ALL PROPERTIES
    The Button Properties dialog box appears.
    Button Properties dialog box: Actions tab

  9. Select the Actions tab

  10. In the Add an Action section, from the Select Trigger pull-down list, select Mouse Up

  11. From the Select Action pull-down list, select Submit a form

  12. Click ADD...
    The Submit Form Selections dialog box appears.
    Submit Form Selections dialog box

  13. In the Enter a URL for this link text box, type mailto:email address
    EXAMPLE: mailto:smithxx@uwec.edu

  14. To export the entire PDF, in the Export Format section, select PDF The complete document
    HINT: The other options may be more appropriate depending on the desired format for the export.

  15. In the Field Selection section, to submit all form fields, select All Fields
    OR
    In the Field Selection section, to submit only specified fields
    1. Select Only these...
    2. Click SELECT FIELDS...
      The Field Selection dialog box appears.
      Field Selection dialog box
    3. In the Select Fields to Submit scroll box, select the field(s) you would like submitted to you
      HINT: To select a field click the box that appears to the left of the field. A check will appear in the box when it is selected.
    4. To the right of the Field Selection list, select additional desired options
    5. Click OK

  16. In the Date Options section, select Convert dates to standard format
    NOTE: Selecting this option will convert all dates to a standard format no matter how they were entered in the form field.
    EXAMPLE: Standard form would convert 12-4-2005 to 2005/12/04

  17. Click OK

  18. Select the General tab
    Button Properties dialog box: General tab

  19. Select the Options tab
    Button Properties dialog box: Options tab

  20. In the Icon and Label section, in the Label text box, enter the name of the button
    HINT: This is the text the user will see (e.g., Submit, Send).

  21. Click CLOSE
    The submit button has been created.

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