Tips for Using Fill-In PDF Forms

Ways to Complete Fill-In PDF Forms

You may complete the forms in any of three ways:

Print from Browser

  1. Print the form directly from your browser.
  2. Type or fill it in by hand (please print).
  3. Sign and date the form, make necessary copies, and place in the mail.

Complete on Your Computer Offline

  1. Save the form to a file. If you have set up your browser to open Acrobat Reader within the browser window, you have access to the browser's "File... Save As..." feature.
  2. Go offline.
  3. Open Acrobat Reader as a separate program; then open and complete the form. You will be able to print, but not save, the completed form.
  4. Sign and date the form, make necessary copies, and place in the mail.

Complete on Your Computer Online

  1. Fill in the form while online. Note that you risk losing your work if your browser crashes or your internet connection fails.
  2. If you have set up your browser to open Acrobat Reader within the browser window, you have access to the browser's "File... Save As..." feature and can also save your completed form. It can then be reopened in the Acrobat Reader program for future reference.
  3. Print the form.
  4. Sign and date the form, make necessary copies, and place in the mail.

Note Regarding Completing Forms on Your Computer

When completing the form on your computer, the "hand" cursor will turn into a text tool when placed over a field in which you can type. Click in the first text box with your mouse, type your information, then tab to the next field. To return to a field later, click in the field or use shift-tab to tab backwards. Click in a check box to put an "x" in it.

Additional Notes

  • The type size is small to allow you to include as much information as necessary. To ease viewing while completing the form you can enlarge the form by clicking on it with Acrobat's magnifying glass.
  • When printing, check the "Shrink to Fit" option on the Print Screen to optimize the form for your printer.
  • Forms cannot be sent electronically. Print, sign, and date the form, make necessary copies, and place in the mail.