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by MrH / August 23, 2004 3:22 AM PDT

Is it possible to use one of the office applications to fill out job applications forms once you have downloaded them to your computer?
If so which one or does anyone know of some other software that can be used?

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That depends on the form.
by Kees Bakker / August 23, 2004 4:42 AM PDT
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If it's a pdf-form, you can use Acrobat reader.
If it's an spreadsheet, you can use Excel or Open Office.
If it's an html-form, you can (in principle) use a browser.
If it's a Word-document, you can use Word or Open Office.

In general I'm inclined to say: follow the instructions of the organization you want to apply to.

You might be interested in a product (costing $245, substantial discounts for schools and non-profit organisations ) called Form Pilot Office 1.94 that's designed for filling out electronic forms of any type. See

Hope this helps.


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Re: That depends on the form.
by MrH / August 24, 2004 3:31 AM PDT

It's a pdf form
I know have it open cannot type anything onto the screen.

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Re: That depends on the form. PDF
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 24, 2004 3:44 AM PDT

If made properly, the PDF (form) is fillable. If the form supplier did it improperly or you run an old version of Acrobat, then you can't fill it in.

There are workarounds such as printing it, scanning it back in and using an editor to edit the scanned image. Another workaround is to install a JPEG printer driver, print it to a jpeg file, then edit it as you want. It's finally possible to create another PDF to send it back with any number of PDF creation tools.


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Re: That depends on the form. PDF
by MrH / August 25, 2004 3:46 AM PDT

I'm using adobe reader 6.0 the free edition.
Will this version work?

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Re: That depends on the form. PDF
by swisse / August 25, 2004 3:51 AM PDT

No, it won't. Use Adobe Acrobat Standard/Pro instead. There may be other PDF softwares out there that can do what you want them to do and are for free, but as for me I use the Standard one to fill out forms. The Reader version is only for reading not for writing.

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Re: That depends on the form. PDF
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 25, 2004 5:28 AM PDT

Yes that will work fine IF the creator of the form made it fillable.


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