I am trying to set up a bespoke menu order form using Indesign CC interactive forms. I have my master template set up however I cannot quite get how to do the following for the viewer to be able to calculate an amount across a row and have an automatic table in the final costs box.


Breakfast at £13.80

Then boxes across covering hours in the day where the reader can allocate different quantities of said breakfast until the amount is automatically tallied at the end.

For example

Breakfast at £13.80 x2 x3 x4 x2 to a total of £151.80.

I understand I would be looking at a custom script in Acrobat Pro as probably the best way to do this but cannot understand how.

Any help would be so gratefully recieved.



  • Hi Lee Ellis, not sure if you already know this but you can create simple calculations within Acrobat. Just double click on a text field and select the calculations tab. Not sure if this is advanced enough for what you're trying to do.
    – AndrewH
    Jan 4, 2016 at 17:04

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To my knowledge you cannot create a fillable form in InDesign.

My suggestion would be to:

  1. Create the original document in InDesign exactly how you want it to look
  2. Export as PDF
  3. Open that PDF in Acrobat
  4. Select Tools > Prepare Form
  5. Follow these instructions on how to use forms, automate calculations, etc.


Yes you can do order forms in Acrobat relatively easy but it would be helpful to do an order form in InDesign.

You can copy order form fields from one Acrobat file to another, so that you don't need to completely set it up each time you revise the Indesign file. (We teach how to do this at AcademyX.com)

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