Formatting Fields in Adobe Acrobat Forms

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*Adobe Acrobat 9 was used for this article.  Particular steps may vary depending on software versions.

Adobe Acrobat has many, many variables that my be utilized to customize your forms for clarity and ease of use. The Form Editing Tool will be your best friend.

Start by creating a framework of your form in Word and converting it to Adobe—see this article on getting started.  Once you have designed and named your form fields, right-clicking and selecting Properties will allow you to customize them further.

You can make a field required:
Pic1.pngThis will outline the field in red for the user to signify they must complete the field.
You can change the alignment of the text entered in a field:
You can enter a default value to populate the field with:
Pic7.pngThis information will automatically appear in the field:
Pic24.pngbut may be overwritten:
Selecting Multi-line allows you to hit Enter in the field to add more than one line of information:
Pic10.pngThe font will automatically shrink to accommodate this.
Pic26.pngSelecting Scroll Long Text will add a scroll bar to the far right of the field if you enter enough information:
Selecting Allow Rich Text Formatting will allow you to edit the font:
Pic14.pngWith this option activated, right-clicking in the field will bring up the formatting menu:
Pic28.pngSelecting Limit of X Characters will prevent the user from typing more than a specified amount in the field:
Pic16.pngTyping will stop when the character limit is reached:
Selecting Check Spelling will result in the spell checker line underneath any word the spell checker does not recognize:
This is a second look at Adobe form editing. The form function has many, many options to explore.

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