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Free PDF Form Filling Improved

PDFescape, the free PDF editor, now supports radio, list box, and drop down (combo box) form fields, in addition to the text field and check box field types already supported.

Filling PDF Forms in PDFescape

New files opened on PDFescape will automatically support these types of form fields.

PDFescape not only makes it easy to edit PDF files, but also allows its users to fill out PDF forms quickly and completely.

As always, this update to PDFescape is free of charge.

Reader Comments (18)

How do I add multiple selections when I add a drop down?

August 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

Hi Nicole,

To add selection choices to a drop down, simply right click on the drop down form field and choose "Properties". You will see a dialog appear where you can enter your selection options for that form field. Simply add one choice per line as desired.

August 22, 2011 | Registered CommenterRed Software

I can add 'list box' and 'dropdown' boxes but how do I add data selections to them?

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPhyllis

Is there a way when adding radio buttons that none of them are selected by default? So that if a blank form is printed to be filled out by hand that none of the radio buttons are marked?

Thanks for a great FREE product!!!

October 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDarald

Hi Darald,

Sorry, we don't support such an option at this time.

October 29, 2012 | Registered CommenterRed Software

There is a workaround that makes it possible to get radio buttons without set value. Make sure the first button is selected, change the field's name (eg. to radio1), then change the second button field name (same name as above). Make sure you don't select the second button in the process. Works with two or more buttons.

Another way is to add one additional button, select it and then remove it, while other buttons remain unselected.

Both ways work well for me.

December 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGosia

Is there an setting that makes the dropdown list button hidden so that it won't appear when I print a hardcopy

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJose

Hi Jose,

Sorry, we don't support such an option at this time. You would need to delete the form field and then use the text tool instead.

January 28, 2013 | Registered CommenterRed Software

Is there a way to add a large form field block where someone who is filling out the form can type in several sentences (for a comment section at the end of the document)? When I create a large text box, it only types one line in the middle of the box and does not begin new lines when necessary.

February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChloe

I'm wondering about Chloe's question as well. Can you have larger or multi-line phrases as one option?

May 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKara

Hi Chloe,

You can create form fields which support multiple lines quite easily using PDFescape. Simply add the text form field, then right click and choose to view the "Object Properties". You'll have a number of options, one of which is "Multi-line". Check that option and click "OK".

May 21, 2013 | Registered CommenterRed Software


I'm trying to make a drop box and tried your suggestion above of right clicking and selecting properties, but when I right click, nothing happens. I can not see a "properties" option anywhere. I am using a mac computer. Any help will be appreciated! Thank you!

August 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDanessa

Hi Danessa,

On a Mac, there are numerous ways to simulate a "right click" using the one button mouse / trackpad provided by Apple. Typically, you can hold CTRL while clicking or placing two fingers on your trackpad while clicking. Additionally, you will need to ensure that your browser has not disabled custom context menus so that the PDFescape context menu can be shown when you "right click".

For additional assistance, please open a support ticket at or consult your browser's help resources.

August 26, 2013 | Registered CommenterRed Software

Is there a way to delete text once the pdf has been saved?
I try to select the text I wish to delete by highlighting then I click on the " DEL" at the top but nothing happened.

January 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGen A

Is there a way to allow readers (form fillers) to select more than one radio button without the other deselecting? For example, selecting 3 out of 4 options instead of one... Also, can readers CIRCLE an option(s)?

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSop

Hi. I have a form that I need to add several hundred drop down boxes to. I have mastered adding them, but is there a way to copy and paste so I don't have to re-add the same options each time? Same with preferences on the text input spaces. Is there a way to not have to select "multiple line" every time I add one? Thanks for your help.

May 27, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermaria

Just tried out PDF-escape:: great software!
Just wondering if there is an option to wrap text in a form-field? Can't find anything that allows you to do that.

January 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

I have created the form that I want to use but when I save/download it and send it to other to fill out, their answers will not save. Please help!

February 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterElena

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