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Fillable PDF Form Instructions

Completing Fillable PDF Forms

  1. Make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Reader. Macintosh and Windows versions of the free Adobe Reader are available from Adobe at http://get.adobe.com/reader/.
  2. Save the application form (PDF format) to a drive or location on your computer [e.g., Local Disk (C:), My Documents folder]. (You MUST download the form and save it to your computer before completing it. If you complete the form in your web browser, your information will NOT be saved!) The Save button on the form will open a Save As dialog box, which will allow you to save the application to a desired location on your computer. If viewing the form in a built-in PDF viewer in your browser (i.e., Chrome or Firefox), right-click the PDF and select Save as or Save Page As. Make sure the Save as type is set to Adobe Acrobat Document (*.pdf).
    • Alternatively, you may save the PDF form without opening the file in either Adobe Reader or in any built-in PDF viewer. Simply right-click on the hyperlink for the PDF form and then choose the Save link as… or Save target as… option.
  3. Use Adobe Reader to open the PDF form saved on your computer. Complete the form.
  4. After you have completed the form, save a final version of the file by clicking File > Save (or Save As) on the Adobe Reader menu bar. Use the same file name and location from the previous step.

Emailing Completed Fillable PDF Application Forms

After you have completed the form and saved a final version of the file to your computer, you may then email the PDF file to SEASPAR as an attachment via either a desktop email client (i.e., Microsoft Outlook) or web email account (i.e., Gmail, Yahoo Mail). Following are instructions for both methods.

Using a Desktop Email Client:

  1. Click the Email button provided in Adobe Reader to automatically attach the completed PDF file to a new email message and populate the To: field with the designated email address.
  2. Type the form name into the subject line.
  3. Click the Send option in your desktop email client.

Using Web Email:

  1. Sign in to your web email account and compose a new message to the designated email address.
  2. Locate the completed application form that you saved to your computer, and attach the PDF file to your email message.
  3. Type the form name into the subject line.
  4. Click the Send option in your Web email.

Fillable PDF Tips and Troubleshooting

Save the form to your computer before completing it.

Download the PDF form to your computer, and then open it with Adobe Reader and complete it.

You can either type information directly into each field, or copy and paste text. The font is pre-selected and cannot be changed.

You can save your data and re-open the file later to modify or enter additional information.

Mac users: Don’t use Preview.

For Macintosh system users: DO NOT use the Preview program to fill in the PDF form. Adobe Reader is the only program that will allow you to work with the form properly. If you do not already have Adobe Reader, visit http://get.adobe.com/reader/ to install it to your machine.

Chrome users: Don’t use Chrome PDF Viewer.

For Chrome browser users: DO NOT use the Chrome PDF Viewer program to fill in the PDF form. Adobe Reader is the only program that will allow you to work with the form properly. If you do not already have Adobe Reader, visit http://get.adobe.com/reader/ to install it to your machine. Please use the instructions below to disable Chrome PDF viewer in your browser.

Turn off in-browser viewing.

If you are having problems using the form via your browser, use these instructions to turn off in-browser PDF viewing: http://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/display-pdf-browser-acrobat-xi.html.

Troubleshoot Reader PDF viewer preferences.

If you cannot view, print, or download a PDF file in Adobe Reader, modify your Reader PDF viewer preferences:

  1. Close the browser.
  2. Open Adobe Reader.
  3. On the menu bar, go to Edit > Preferences > Internet.
  4. Under Options, make sure that Display PDF in Browser is not selected. The next time you click on a link to a PDF form or publication, it will open in a separate browser window.

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