It sounds as though you are editing a PDF with no form attributes.
You could try opening it in Acrobat and selecting Forms > Add or Edit Fields and seeing if Acrobat can detect the fields for you.
Thank you for the answer. Here is one problem -- I am using LiveCycle Designer, not LiveCycle Forms (maybe I should be using LiveCycle Forms, but my Adobe Professional comes up to Designer. ?
I originally tried to import a pdf form that already a 'form'; I figure the originators had set a certain parameter that didn't allow me to insert Text or Objects. So I created a little form in Word, saved it as a pdf and opened it in Adobe. Selected 'Forms' and LiveCycle Designer opened; it detected the fields, then I tried to add Object 'Text' but it isn't available to add (neither are lines, circles, images). Strange. I will go to the Designer forum, but even an understanding of whether I am using Designer wrong and should be using Forms?
Thank you once again for any help you might give. I attached the Word-created pdf first (typwritten test) then the original form I downloaded.
Again thanks for your time.