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How to fill out and sign a PDF form online

When you receive a PDF form to fill out, your first instinct may be to print the file, fill it out by hand and then scan the document. This is how the vast majority of people fill out forms today. But did you know there are free online tools that allow you to fill out and sign any PDF form entirely online? By filling out a form online, you save time, money and help save our environment by reducing the use of paper! The best tools go far beyond simple form-filling, and include a range of features that allow you to password protect your PDF, share your PDF online, merge or split your files, and more. Today there is no need to download PDF software that can be cumbersome and expensive. Unfortunately, this is not common knowledge today, and why I recommend you start using an online PDF editor.    

 

The most important considerations when choosing an online PDF editor are (1) ease of use, (2) breadth of features and (3) pricing. While there are many different companies offering online PDF tools, not all of them are equal. Some have a very limited list of features or have difficult-to-use interfaces filled with advertisements. Others offer very limited trials that limit their usefulness. My goal when developing PDF Pro was to create a true alternative to desktop PDF suites that had a wide range of features. While my goal is far from complete, my hope is that PDF Pro is slowly getting there.

 

Step 1: First navigate to the homepage and upload a file. This starts the process.

PDF Pro landing page

 

Step 2: After uploading a file, click on the drop-down to the right of the file and choose “Edit”. Note that this option will only be available if you upload a PDF. If you upload another file type, you will have to convert it to PDF first before making edits. 

Choose edit PDF dropdown

 

Step 3: This will redirect you to PDF Pro's online PDF editor.

online PDF editor instructions

 

Step 4: After considering the onscreen instructions, you can now fill out your PDF form. In order to add text, simply click on the screen and start typing. In order to add signatures, you can use the signature tool in order to type out a signature, draw a signature or upload an image. This is shown below:

sign PDF options

 

That’s all there is to it! By following these steps, you can fill out and sign any PDF form. Once you have completed filling out your form, save the PDF. Then you can then download, print, or email to yourself or another recipient.

If you’re looking to more broadly edit a PDF file, the how-to section of this website has a step-by-step guide containing detailed instructions for editing a pdf file using PDF Pro. Check it out!


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