Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Filling Out pdf Forms Without Printing Them, Using a Pen, and Scanning Them

Disclaimer: Yes, there are many other ways of accomplishing this, but this is the one that works for me, using the programs I like to use.

Step 1:

Download the pdf form that you need to complete. Realize that it isn't a fillable form. Cry.

Step 2:

Stop crying. Open The Gimp. (Don't have The GIMP? You can download it here. It's a free, open-source image-editing program. Like Photosop. But free.) Open the pdf form you need to complete by clicking "File" and "Open". An "import from pdf" dialogue will open. Click "Import".

Step 3:

Choose the text editing tool from the list of tool options. It looks like a capital A. (You can also choose "Text" from the "Tools" drop-down menu.)

Step 4:

Create a text box in the first section that you need to complete by clicking in one corner and dragging to the opposite corner. Then you can start to type, and whatever you type will show up in the box you just created.

You can change the font, size, etc. if needed by selecting your text and choosing your options from the toolbar.

Repeat for all of the sections you need to fill out.

Step 5:

When the form is complete, go to "File" and choose "Export as".

You can choose the format from the dropdown list at the bottom left where it says "Select File Type", but if "(By Extension)" is selected you can just type whatever name you would like followed by ".pdf" and it should save it as a pdf automatically. Click "Export". Then click "Export" again.


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