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Is it possible to have text boxes in the header of a pdf file? I'm sending a pdf file to multiple people and I want them to be able to write their names in those boxes.

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PDF supports forms which allows you to add text boxes and all sorts of other form fields which can then be printed or submitted online.

You can create PDFs with forms by using Adobe Acrobat Professional or the free online tool PDFescape. The open source Scribus desktop publishing application also supports PDF forms, but I'm not sure how well it can import an existing PDF file.

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thanks for your answer. I've tried acrobat professional, but it doesn't allow me to put forms in the header. – Baha Mar 11 '11 at 3:14
@Baha: If Acrobat Professional won't do it, it's likely the PDF format simply doesn't support it. However, you can easily put a form field on one page and duplicate it across all pages, with the text entered in any one of them replicated to the rest. This help article explains how, under Duplicate a form field across multiple pages. – Patches Mar 11 '11 at 3:21
thanks for clarifying, too bad i can't do it. – Baha Mar 12 '11 at 4:00
@Baha: As I said before, you can put a text box on every page for their name and when they type it in one it'll show up on the rest. Just draw the text box in the header area. – Patches Mar 12 '11 at 5:39
Patches, this solution doesn't work for me because I'm trying to batch convert multiple docx files to pdf. But thanks for sharing this trick. – Baha Mar 13 '11 at 1:24

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