Donna Baker March 26, 2012
Let’s start from an open PDF file. Click Create, then click PDF Form or Online Form to open the Create or Edit Form dialog box. The option to use an existing file is selected by default. Click Next. The open document is selected by default. Click Next. The dialog box explains about Form Editing Mode. Click the Do not show check box if you don’t want to see the message every time you start a form! Click OK.
Now you see your document with the form fields Acrobat found. This layout is called Form Edit Mode. You work only in the Forms pane while you’re in Form Edit mode. The Task tools let you work with the fields and the form. The Fields tools show a list of the fields and their types. The Forms Tools toolbar has tools for each type of form field.
Use the Zoom In tool to see the fields clearly. Click the name of a field in the list to highlight it, and you see the selected field shows a highlight on the form page. The selected field shows a blue frame on the page. Click anywhere on the page to deselect the field—now the field shows a solid black frame and the field highlight disappears in the Fields tab, too.
Acrobat copies the text on the page to the left of the field and uses that text for the field’s name. Let’s check out some more fields. Click a field on the page to highlight it, and Acrobat also highlights the field’s name in the list.
The automatic field names aren’t always correct. This field is named fill_4 although it should be named Huge using the text to the left of the field. The button to the left of the text causes the problem.
This form is very complicated with lots of graphics and lines. This form is very simple. Each field is identified and uses the text to the left of the field for the name. All of the fields are named and located correctly and are easy to find in the Fields list.
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