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Tutorial | How to Create PDF Drop Down List

Vanessa Chiang updated on Jun 04, 2021 to PDF Editor Tutorials

Compared with a text field that allows users to write down their choices, a drop-down menu makes it more convenient for you to collect and analyze the data. Since the dropdown menu offers PDF receivers some specific options, they will never give you some ambiguous answers. 

For those who are not professional at editing PDFs, creating a PDF drop-down list is hard. But you don't have to worry about that since this post will give you the tutorials you need. Keep reading this post to know the best ways to add a drop-down list to PDFs now.

How to Create PDF Drop Down List with EaseUS PDF Editor

EaseUS PDF Editor is a powerful PDF editor for Windows. Like many of its alternatives, this software allows you to edit PDFs with the most basic PDF editing tools. For instance, you can edit the PDF text, add image to PDF, or create a blank page in an existing PDF. But EaseUS PDF Editor gives you more than that, and you can add various PDF forms to collect information from the PDF receivers.

The available forms range from "Text Field", "Radio Button" to "Combo Box", and the last one is what you need for creating a drop-down list in PDF. All those forms can perform different functions for you. If you want to create a region where the receiver can type in some words, the "Text Field" is needed. When you want the receivers to choose from some mutually exclusive options, the "Radio Button" is what you need. 

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In addition to these features, there are many other basic and advanced tools you can use. If you want to have a try, click on this button to download it for free.

Steps to Create PDF Drop Down List with EaseUS PDF Editor:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS PDF Editor and open the PDF to which you want to add the drop-down list.

open the pdf file

Step 2. Click on the "Forms" button, and select the "Combo Box" from the sidebar. Then, you can hold your left mouse button to set an appropriate area for the drop-down list.

add combo box to PDF

Step 3. Double click the combo box to edit its properties. Firstly, you need to type in the items in the drop-down menu one by one. Every time you type in an option, click on the "Add" button to continue. All the options will show in the item list. Click on the "Close" button to save the changes. 

edit the combo box

Step 4. Save the PDF and restart it again. Now, you can select from the list freely. 

select from dropdown list

How to Create PDF Drop Down List with Adobe Acrobat

Adobe Acrobat is a professional and advanced PDF editing tool that gives you the ability to create various PDF forms freely. "List Box Tool", "Push Button Tool" as well as "Digital Signature Tool", this software offers you the comprehensive tools you can utilize in adding PDF forms. The rich function can be considered as a double-edged sword. Although it provides you nearly all you need to edit PDF files, it's not easy for beginners to learn to use it. 

Unlike other PDF editors with simple features, this software helps you edit the forms in detail. For example, you can customize the appearance of the form from more than 188 choices, and you can calculate the data in the PDF forms by adding a formula.

Adobe Acrobat form

Steps to Create PDF Drop Down List with Adobe Acrobat:

Step 1. Download and install Adobe Acrobat on your computer. Launch the PDF editor and open the PDF file to which you want to add the download menu.

Step 2. Then, click on the "Tools" to select the "Forms" option and choose the "List Box Tool". When the cursor changes to a plus sign, you can select a region for the drop-down menu. 

Step 3. When you decide the position for the drop-down menu, a "Properties" window will appear, and you can adjust the properties of the drop-down list. You can add the list items using the "Options" and click on the "Close" button to save the changes you made.


Although both those two methods are available, we recommend the first one as the best. As EaseUS PDF Editor is a user-friendly PDF editor, you can use it without any effort, and even you are a beginner. 

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