How to Add a Mail Button in a PDF Form

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When creating PDF documents and forms, Adobe Acrobat is the industry standard. It has a plethora of features allowing for more than just a PDF file, but rather, a functional document that can link to outside sources, play videos and automatically submit forms after they have been filled out. Creating a "Submit" button on a PDF form allows users of the form to submit the PDF back to you after it has been completed.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Click on the "Button Tool" and select "Create a button."

  • Select the button you wish to use by double-clicking it. Select the "Options" tab.

  • Type the label text in the appropriate field. This will be the text that the viewer of the PDF sees to identify the button's function. You can also use a custom icon for the button at this point by selecting "Choose Icon," then browsing to the icon you wish to use for your button.

  • Navigate to the "Actions" tab and in the "Select Action" section, choose "Submit A Form." Click "Add."

  • Enter the appropriate URL in the URL text field. This can either be the URL of a server that you have set up to accept the forms, in which case the URL would look like a standard web page address, e.g., www.domainname.com/folder; or the form can be submitted as an email attachment, in which case the URL would be "mailto:youremailaddress@anyemail.com," where youremailaddress@anyemail.com would be replaced with the actual email address that you wish the forms to be sent.

Tips & Warnings

  • Notify the users of the PDF form, in the instructions, that there is a "Submit" button, as many users are not aware of this functionality in PDF files.

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