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Adobe Acrobat Reader (shareware) must be installed on your computer to print or complete the PDF forms. The complete Adobe Acrobat software (not shareware) is required to save a completed PDF form.

Rich Text Format (RTF) forms may be used by any word processor (Word, Works, WordPerfect, etc.) and do not require special software.

Form directions and/or additional information are provided in the Instructions or Information Column or within the form.

Technical Support for Forms:
Kathy Kugle (785) 532-1885
or email


Division of Human Resources
Kansas State University
103 Edwards Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-4801
785-532-6095 (fax)
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (CST)
Contact HR

Forms Frequently Asked Questions

PDF documents/forms

Why is it that I cannot open the PDF document?

Do you have the Adobe Reader or the Adobe Acrobat full version installed on your computer? If not, you need to download the free Adobe Reader.

You may have too many pages cached in your browser. Have you deleted your cache files lately? Find out how on the Deleting Browser Cache Files page.

I typed text into a text area (multi-line textbox) and not all of the text shows on the page when I view it online or print it.

You have entered more text than the spaces allows. The PDF version of the forms will not move to accommodate more text than there is room for in the textarea.

Your alternatives are to either copy and paste the excess text to a blank page or to use one of the other versions (.doc or .rtf) which will extend the textarea as you type more than will fit into the given area. Using one of the other versions will allow you to save the form after completion. A disadvantage of using these other versions is that as the textarea extends with the additional text, the other elements on the form will move. You can either submit blank pages with the extra text or delete unused spaces from other textareas to make up for the increased length.

Why is it that I see a drop-down box on some of the PDF form boxes?

These allow you to click on the arrow and show the selection options for that box.

Why is it that I see a scroll bar in the text box on the form?

The text box has been designated as multiline. If this text box is not large enough for multiple lines, then the designation was incorrect and we need to correct the form. Call Kathy Kugle at (785) 532-1885 or e-mail at to report the problem.

I can see text on the PDF form, but it will not print. What is wrong?

You have a newer version of the Adobe than the version that was used to create the document. See the PDF print problems (PDF) document for full instructions on the solution.

Why is it that I cannot enter data into the form?

If this form is linked from our website (, then the form likely should be enterable online. Call Kathy Kugle at (785) 532-1885 or e-mail at to report the problem.

If this form is linked from another website, then we do not own the form and cannot make it enterable.

RTF documents/forms

What is a RTF form and what do I need to have to use it?

RTF is Rich Text Format. These are forms/documents that can be opened by any word processing program (Word, Works, WordPerfect, WordPad, Notepad, etc.). You do not need anything to use it other than the text editing program that came with your computer. When you open the document, it will automatically open in your program.

Documents edited in RTF may be saved by your word processing program without any additional downloads.

Word documents/forms

Why is it that I cannot open a Word document?

Word documents are products of Microsoft Office. If you have some other word processing program, then Word documents will not work for you. Choose the Rich Text Format (RTF) documents instead. RTF will work for any word processing program.

Why does the Word form move when I enter information or tab through the form?

Word forms are not locked (static) in any way. See the Word entry problem document for solutions.