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Problems with setting tab order in Adobe Acrobat 7 Professional

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I have a PDF document to which I have added form fields all using Adobe Acrobat 7 Professional. My option under Preferences to "Use document structure for tab order when no explicit tab order is specified" doesn't work at all for some reason. And my other option to Set Tab Order is a pain, because the only way I can get it to work is by clicking each and every field one by one, and I have over 200 fields in this form. When I tried to do this, it's virtually impossible because one wrong click ruins the whole thing.

I can't seem to find a way to simple specify the tab orders necessary. For instance, if two adjacent checkboxes are numbered 56 and 59, I want to be able to just renumber "59" to "56" ... Is there any way to adjust these in Acrobat easily, instead of clicking every single field?
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by:Ripin
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if doc structure dont work then only way is go one by one.
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by:captain
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Hi

If you bring it into adobe Designer 7.0 and have a look into the help file it gives you more options.

Select View|Tab Order and follow the tool tips.

hth
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by:kendralc
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I've tried that, but Designer messes up the formatting of the file too much to be acceptable. Thanks.
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by:captain
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Hi

never mind, depending on the structure worth a try, shame it did not work for you.

Then unfortunately it is down to manual labour.

All the best
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by:kendralc
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thanks. It's so strange that Acrobat doesn't have a system in place for numbering them aside from clicking each one individually down the line. I think I even remember an old version that let you number then in the properties. Ah well, it was worth a shot asking. thanks.
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In the Pages tab, you can set the order in which a user tabs through form fields, links, and comments for each page.
To set the tabbing order for form fields, links, and comments:
1.Click the Pages tab in the navigation pane.
2.Select a page thumbnail, and choose Page Properties from the Options menu.
3.In the Page Properties dialog box, click Tab Order, and select the tab order:
To tab through rows from left to right, or right to left for pages with a right-to-left binding, select Use Row Order.

To tab through columns from left to right and from top to bottom, or right to left for pages with a right-to-left binding, select Use Column Order.

To tab in the order specified by the authoring application, select Use Document Structure.
Note: For structured documents, it's best to select the Use Document Structure option to match the intention of the authoring application.
If the document was created in an earlier version of Acrobat, the tab order is Unspecified by default. With this setting, form fields are tabbed through first, followed by links and comments ordered by row.

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