Creating Acrobat submit buttons
Use the Submit A Form action to send form data to an email address or to a web server by
specifying a Uniform Resource Locator (URL). You can also use the submit button to
send other files back to a server or database. For example, you can attach scanned images
or files to a form. The files are submitted along with the rest of the form data when you
click the submit button.
If your PDF form contains an email-based submit button, you can use the Initiate
Data File Collection workflow to facilitate distributing the form to others. (See
form data by email.)
To create a submit button:
1. On the Forms toolbar, select the Button tool, and create a button. (See
2. Double-click the button to open the Button Properties dialog box.
3. Click the Actions tab, and select Mouse Up from the Select Trigger menu.
4. Select Submit a Form from the Select Action menu, and then click Add.
5. In the Submit Form Selections dialog box, do one of the following in the Enter A URL
For This Link box:
To send the form data to a web server, enter the destination URL.
To send the form data to an email address, enter mailto: followed by the email
address. For example, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. Select an Export Format option:
FDF exports as an FDF file. You can choose to export the form fields data, comments,
incremental changes to the PDF file, or all three. The Incremental Changes To The PDF
option is useful for exporting a digital signature in a way that is easily read and
reconstructed by a server.
Note: If the server returns data to the user in FDF, or XFDF formats, the server's URL
must end with the #FDF suffix; for example, http://myserver/cgi-bin/myscript#FDF.
HTML exports as an HTML file.
XFDF exports as an XML file. You can choose to export the form fields data, comments,
PDF exports the entire PDF file that is your form. Although this creates a larger file than
the FDF option, it is useful for preserving digital signatures.
Note: If the users that fill in the PDF form are using Adobe Reader, you must choose
either FDF or XFDF for the Export Format option.
7. For Field Selection, do one of the following:
To export all form fields even if the form fields do not contain values, select All Fields.
To export only specific form fields, select Only These. Click Select Fields, and then
indicate the form fields to include, and whether you want to include empty fields.
8. Select Convert Dates To Standard Format to export all form dates in a single format, no
matter how they are entered in the form.
9. Click OK to accept the selections.
10. Click another tab in the Button Properties dialog box to continue defining properties for
the button, or click Close.