How to Add a Mail Button in a PDF Form


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.,; or the form can be submitted as an email attachment, in which case the URL would be "," where 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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