Can't add text in the fill & sign section, pls help!
I have an adobe acrobat DC, and I've tried several times to fill in a form on the app. However on the Fill & Sign tool, the Add Text function isn't turning up. How can I fix this?
For PDFs having active form fields, only the sign option is displayed. This is AsDesigned behavior.
This is completely ridiculous, but I found a workaround that worked.
On a Windows 10 machine
1. Fill out the form as much as you can including signing it.
2. Save a pdf
3. Open the saved pdf and click the print icon
4. When the print options open up, in the "printer" option select "Microsoft Print to PDF" then print it.
5. It'll give you an location to save the new pdf
6. Open this new pdf and click the fill & sign option. Now you should have the |ab cursor.
Was facing the same issue just today - able to insert signature, but unable to see text entered. Just noticed that the color option on the top of the page was suddenly showing white/or no color. Just selected black, all's well now.
Not sure if that is the case for you folks, but perhaps, worth a try!
Graeme Easton commented
We have this issue as well and it is very frustrating. Acrobat XI had none of these issues. Having to Print the signed form to the desktop, open it up, sign it and copy it back over the top of the existing document is not a solution that can be used long term. Adobe charge a lot for this product and it is clearly broken. Our engineering forms need to be signed by multiple people before we can send them to our customers.
For us all we are doing is converting the report from a word doc to a PDF. The first person signs it (Lock form not selected) but consecutive signatures after that will not. Option to sign is locked.
I can see from this thread that both Adobe support personnel have done a runner. Got their 'blinkers' on.
The same thing is happening to me. It worked fine a few days ago and now I can start a text box, but no text appears as I'm typing. What the ****??!!!
Mac Daddy commented
The author probably didn't set it up right. If you have the same issue as the guy with the W-9, I would fill the parts you can, save as a jpeg, open in word or something similar, add a text box over the image, save as pdf. It's round about, but at least you don't have to print and sign.
This issue is not resolved because the problem has not been identified well. Agreed, the author of the form should correctly assign fields. However, many authors do not do this correctly, including the IRS. I am trying to fill out an IRS W-9 form. There is a space for a date, but no fillable field. There is no option for me to insert a date. I now need to print the form, fill out the date, rescan, and resend. There should a simple option to "Add Text," as before, any place on the document. This will allow the signer to fill information outside of fields, such as signature, date, initials, or special notes. Like it or not, this was an oversight.
@Sandeep, this is not "resolved". I'm coming from Acrobat XI, where I would frequently take a document with just lines for filling in a form, create form fields from it in Acrobat, and then be able to fill in the fields (including adding text like "x" for check boxes) and then digitally sign it, all without having to print. Now I have done the same thing in DC, but after I added the form fields (which was a hard-to-find menu, I might add), the option to add text and check marks is gone from Fill and Sign menu. This is absolutely frustrating!
That renders any form that was made without perfect attention useless. Which is to say, virtually all the pdf forms I encounter. Reinstate the Add Text button so that I do not have to print EVERY pdf I fill out.
Acrobat DC sucks they have broken functionality that was present before, I am suffering the same issue as the user notes, if this is a designed feature it is a terrible feature. Just let me add signature where and when I want as it was before. Made a simple 1 step action into a 3 step process that is a PITA.
Bernard Kontz commented
As admin has mentioned above, you accidentally added all the signable fields instead of fillable ones. If you're familiar with Acrobat Pro so far, it will be not a big deal for you to edit them, you can do so with auto replacing here easily https://ds11.pdffiller.com but I haven't tried so with using in Acrobat afterwards, so it's up to you
Sandeep, it may be the designed behavior; but you didn't resolve the problem. How do I get a signature on this form. The "sign" icon is disabled. The instructions on the web do not address this issue. Either the software is broken or the instructions on the web or broken (or both).
For the pdfs with active form fields, a workaround to not have to print-sign-scan is to
1. Fill out the form to the extent you can.
2. Print the form to a PDF. It is now a normal pdf without active fields
3. Fill & Sign whatever is required.
4. Save and send,
I usually print to a pdf one more time as this renders the signature as part of the simple pdff now, rather than a signed pdf. Looks a little more like I did the print-sign-scan.
I am trying to add the date to a fill & sign PDF and unable to do so. I receive the message to use Adobe Live Cycle to edit. Why?
I tried doing fill & sign with a form, but the text option did not come on - only the sign option. I upgraded to DC Pro because I was told this would fix the issue - it did not. The text option still does not appear. And it did not allow me to use the editing tools. It did allow me to export the file to Word but the lines did not align vertically. Very Very frustrating.
I'd like to be able to edit my electronic signature but can't see how to do that.
I can't edit/fill document. Using Adobe Acrobat Pro DC and get this message: the form can not be edited in Adobe Acrobat use Adobe Live Cycle Designer to edit this form.
I have been using Adobe Acrobat Pro DC for over a year to do exactly what I'm now trying to do.
Is it a scanned form? Is it possible for you to please share such a problematic pdf?
Adminsagrover (Admin, Adobe) commented
The PDF with which you are trying is a PDF containingg active form fields. For such PDFs only the sign option is displayed. Plus in you case there seems to be some security settings due to which sign option is being shown as disabled.
Do let me know in case of any issues.