Create pdf with form fields defined in Word, not Acrobat

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I have a word document template that will be used to create a mailmerge doc creating multiple instances of a prefilled form. The mailmerge will result in multiple documents, each resulting from a mailmerge relevant to an individual family member. I would like to be able to define, in my template, fields (legacy or ActiveX or whatever) fields that will result in fillable fields in the resulting PDF. I DON'T want Acrobat's autodetect feature to insert fields in blank table cells, etc., that I would have to delete later. Is there any way I can configure the Word fields I have defined to be recognized by Acrobat as form fields WITHOUT having Acrobat insert new and unwanted form fields of its own?

(Pardon the noob questions -- I've been using Acrobat Reader for years but am new to the full Acrobat product).

 

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You can't do it. You have to create the fields in the PDF and then perform the Mail Merge operation on that file, based on a spreadsheet that contains the data and column names that match the names of the form fields in it.

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