Using Adobe Reader with Windows 8
Thread poster: lindaellen
Feb 5, 2013

I recently upgraded to Windows 8 and Word 2013. I tried to use Adobe Reader to fill in some pdf forms (which worked before with XP/Word 2003), but now it doesn't. I can read and print the pdfs, but not make changes or additions.

Can someone please help me.

Thank you in advance.



Anton Konashenok  Identity Verified
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Not all forms are fillable Feb 5, 2013

You can only use Reader to fill forms that have been designed as fillable, which aren't too many. You may have just a printable form to be filled by hand. You can, however, fill it on a computer in full Acrobat.



Thanks Anton Feb 5, 2013

I was using fillable forms. I started working on them with my old XP and Word 2003, then I downloaded the new software and wanted to continue, but could not. I also downloaded the pdfs again, thinking if I started over with new pdfs it might work, but it didn't help.

I tried searching the Adobe forums and Windows forums, but had no luck.


Rolf Keller
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Probably the Reader is the culprit Feb 6, 2013

lindaellen wrote:

I recently upgraded to Windows 8 and Word 2013. I tried to use Adobe Reader to fill in some pdf forms

I'm rather sure that this is a problem of the Reader or its (new) settings and that Windows & Word have nothing to do with this problem.

Note: Windows 8 includes a Microsoft pdf reader which might start automatically upon clicking a pdf file. Are you sure that you are using the latest Adobe Reader instead of the Windows Reader?


Anne Flaemig  Identity Verified
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PDF in Word 2013 Feb 6, 2013

Shouldn't Word 2013 be able to handle pdf now? That's what Microsoft announced and I found a reference to it here:

Good luck,



Thanks Rolf and Anne Feb 6, 2013

When I try to open the file with Word, I get a message that there is too much graphic for Word to open it. I am now looking at other pdf readers, including XChange Viewer.

The German PC site has some comparisons that I will investigate.

Thanks for your help.



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