How to Make a Fillable PDF with PDFescape

Fillable PDF Tutorial

You’re on the move with your course. You’ve got the content in tip top shape and you’re working on creating engaging worksheets that help your learners reflect and take action. Isn’t that what an online course should do?  Help people take action?

Courses should help learners take action on the content.

We make meaningful changes from doing, not from knowing. (Click here to tweet this.)

Now, we all know there are two schools of people: Those old schoolers (like moi) who want to print worksheets out and use their archaic pencils to write and brainstorm. And then there’s the others. We’ll call them the new schoolers, who don’t want to mess with printing or stray papers. They want to type their answers directly into the sheet.

Well, we can deliver the best of both worlds right? Just like a good ‘ol pair of jeans, people have different ways of learning right?  Some prefer visuals. Some prefer audio. Some prefer to type. Some prefer to write.

It’s always a great idea to have activities that reflect more than one learning style.

This tutorial will walk you through making your worksheets fillable so that people can type directly into them on their computer. This is great for online courses, workbooks, worksheets, and other PDFs.

And, if you’re looking to create your own rockin’ PDFs, check out Christie Halmick’s The PDF Workshop. You won’t be disappointed!

Want to give it a try for yourself? Check out the PDFescape site here and download this worksheet to practice!

Click on the Sample Worksheet

to practice making your

worksheet fillable!

Use this worksheet to practice making your sheets fillable.

It’s Your Turn, in the comments below, let me know how do you plan to ensure that you meet the needs of your diverse learners?

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Comments

  1. Hi Jennifer!

    Wow… thanks so much for this huge learning curve for me. This is one of the tools I need to put in my toolbox! I’ve bookmarked this because I do need to listen to the video and do it in a step-by-step process. The only way I can ever learn anything.

    I appreciate you sharing this!

    -Donna

  2. Oh wow Jennifer, that’s an awesome video and software. I just downloaded last night some PDF’s that we have to complete and I get so tired of writing.

    I wonder if you can take an existing one and edit it? Like the ones I downloaded last night or ones that people have sent me. I just type so much faster then writing.

    Like Donna, I’m bookmarking this baby because this is something I’m going to need to know here soon and I don’t want to come searching for your post.

    Really great stuff Jennifer, thank you so very much. Love it and am sharing it!

    ~Adrienne

    • Hey Adrienne!! I’m pretty sure you can load up any PDF and make it fillable no matter if it’s yours or someone else’s!

      I’ve recently been typing into PDFs as I transition from always using paper and pencil!! Hope you find it helpful!

  3. THANK YOU SO MUCH, Jennifer ! I’ve been looking everywhere for this info. This tool is exactly what I needed and your tutorial is so crystal clear !! Thanks again for all the “good stuff” you share ;-)

    • Yay!! Glad it could help Nathalie!! It’s definitely a useful tool, especially when you have a few simple worksheets to create and complete.

      Let me know if I can help in any other way!! Thanks for your comment.

  4. Awesome! I’ve been trying to figure out how to do this – thanks so much for the practical information. I love what you said – we make meaningful changes from doing, not learning. I tweeted it!

  5. Thanks, this is great, exactly what I needed. I’m in the process of creating my first ecourse for pregnant women to learn to embrace the sensual side of giving birth. And I was always wondering how to do those fillable sheets but haven’t looked for tutorials yet. So this comes to me in just the right moment. :-)

  6. What a great source of info Jennifer, I will make sure to save your post on my Best How To’s bookmarks! Thank you for sharing!

  7. Great tips! Thanks for another super helpful post, Jennifer!

  8. P, Great job with this pdf fillable tutorial! Really could have used it back in the day when I was still working. Keep up the good work!

  9. Haha, I’m totally “old school” too. :) I love the feeling of putting pen to paper, and I seem to get better ideas when I write it out longhand.

    • Ha!! We’re on the same page, Sage!! However, recently, I’ve been typing it in only because I have a lot of pages that I’ve been needing print AND I’m such a paper mess!! I have paper all over the place. Keeping them saved on my computer has been helpful!

  10. Awesome post and tutorial Jennifer. It’s really easy to follow. You’re a good teacher! :-)

    I’m bookmarking this page as I’ll need to refer to it again. It’s useful knowing how to be able to do this. Thanks for sharing.

    Enjoy your weekend. :-)

  11. Fantastic tutorial. thank you so much for sharing this. I am totally bookmarking for future reference and pinning toO!

  12. Wow thank you! This was shared on a life coaching forum by one of the coaches. It was perfect timing, I’d recently done a quick search for something like this but the options seemed overwhelming. This is perfect! I did get it to work in Chrome.
    Thanks again!

    Mary Ellen

    • Yay! That’s great to hear that it’s working on Chrome! Perhaps, I have an outdated version! There’s a few other things that don’t work on my version of Chrome. I should check it out.

      Thanks for your comment.

  13. Jennifer, this is perfect and has saved me hundreds! I am sure I will upgrade at some point but this was a life saver to help me create my new free resource for my newsletter.

    Thank you. Thank you.

  14. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’ve been wondering how to do this for quite some time!

  15. Hi Jennifer-

    Thanks so much for this! I’m having trouble getting my PDF to save. Suggestions?

  16. Yay! I made my first form. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome resource.

    For anyone else on a mac, I found using two fingers to click on the track pad was the only way to “right click” and access the object properties. After I figured that out it was super-duper easy!

  17. Hi Jennifer,

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful task list. I haven’t gotten to the tutorial but I love the resources. It’s perfect for people like me that want to build pdf’s for clients. Keep them coming!

    Daisy

  18. Super helpful, Jennifer! Thank you so much for the quick tutorial on this! I will definitely be using this as I start making my PDF worksheets for my upcoming course.

    xoxo,
    Rachael

  19. Super useful thank you! You went the extra mile by giving me a form to practice on, woohoo! I’ve put a link to this post in the B-School Facebook page as they need this, and they need it baaaaad!

  20. This is an awesome quick fix Jennifer. I just used it and it worked like a charm. Thanks for sharing!

  21. thank you that was perfect & very helpful!
    love, Eliza.

  22. Hi Jennifer,
    Thank you for that tutorial, very helpful! I just have two questions that I hope you can help me out with:
    1. I tried it but when I open the PDF it is not possible to save the information I put in the field I created, only to print it.
    2. I have an apple with touch pad, so the right click option to make the options for the field appear doesn’t work out. Any other way the open them?
    Thank you heaps!
    love,
    Suze

    • Jennifer says:

      Hi Suze!! To answer your first question, in order to save the information on your PDF you need to first download and save it to your computer.Once you’ve done that, you can write in it and save it. If you try to write in the PDF while it’s still open in the web browser, you will not be able to save your responses.

      I’m still going to need to test the right click option. I’ll see if I can get my hands on an apple with touch pad!! I’m curious to know how this works!!

      Thanks for the comment and question!

  23. Thank you so much! Great information that I have already used for my e-guide. Signed up for your list, too, so I can keep getting your great info!

  24. Excellent tips! Thank you for not only giving an overview but adding those little (pesky & time consuming) details that really make a world of difference.

  25. Very helpful, Jennifer. Thank you very much!

  26. Praise heavens! I randomly found your tutorial via Google & it’s been IMMENSELY helpful. Thanks for sharing this!

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