How do I enable saving of filled-in fields on a PDF form?


Some PDF forms can be saved, including all filled-in field data:

can be saved

Some others can not be saved, and all filled-in field data are lost:

can not be saved

How do I enable saving of filled-in fields on my PDF form?

3/6/2019 8:01:26 AM

Accepted Answer

When you use Acrobat 8, or 9, select "enable usage rights" from the Advanced menu. This adds about 20 kb to the pdf.

The other possibility is to use CutePDF Pro, add a submit button and have the XFDF data submitted to your self as an email or to a web server. The XFDF data can then reload the original PDF with your data.

1/26/2014 5:47:51 PM

If you are using Adobe Acrobat X to make the form, set all the fields as you want them, then click File, Save As, Reader Extended PDF, Enable Additional Features. The resulting PDF form can be saved when filled in, if opened in versions of Adobe Reader before XI.


You can use the free foxit reader to fill in the forms, and if you pay a little you can design the forms that way you want.

You can also us iText to programmaticly create those forms.

There are free online services that allow you to upload a pdf and you can add fields also.

It depends on how you want to do the designing.

EDIT: If you use foxit reader, you can save any form that is fillable.


In Acrobat, click on the "Advanced" tab, then click on "Enable Features in Adobe Reader." This should do the trick.


In Acrobat XI, (Close Form Editing if open) File > Save As Other > Reader Extended PDF > Enable Additional Features


There is a setting inside the PDF file that turns on the allow saving with data bit. However, it requires that you have a copy of Adobe Acrobat installed to change the bit.

The only other option is to print it to a PDF print driver which would save the data merged with the pdf file.

UPDATE: The relevant information from adobe is at:[email protected]@.3bbb313f/7


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