Fillable PDFs: Why don’t I see any fillable fields? It looks like a normal PDF.

First, the obvious: Check to make sure you opened the fillable version and not the regular version. If you’ve got the fillable PDF, and it’s not showing any form fields, then most likely your PDF reader can’t detect them. For example, if you view a fillable PDF in Google Drive, you won’t see the fillable fields. You and/or your students will need to download or utilize a different PDF reader.


There are many PDF reader programs that may already be available on your device or that you can download for free and use on the web. We recommend researching the program you would like to use. Here are a few that teachers have reported having success with: 

1. Adobe Reader is a free download or app available for most computers and devices. (Download Required)

2. DocHub is a free online PDF annotator that can be used with fillable PDFs. DocHub integrates with Google Drive. (Download Required)

3. PDFescape is a free web-based PDF editor program. PDFescape does not require downloading a new program. (No Download Needed)

4. Some schools also utilize Kami, a document and PDF annotator. This program requires a subscription, which your school may or may not already have. Note: If your school is closed in response to COVID-19, Kami is offering a free limited-time license to their software. You can visit their website to learn more. 

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