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Trying to figure out how to wrap text or use "Multi-Line" in Acrobat

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Using Acrobat 9 Pro and I have 3 text boxes one on top of the other in a document.  I highlight them all and right click on the top one and go to TEXT FIELD PROPERTIES > OPTIONS tab > and check MULTI-LINE only.  I save the pdf and open it up and type to the end of the first line but it just keeps on typing and the text gets smaller and smaller.  Again MULTI-LINE is checked and SCROLL LONG TEXT is UNCHECKED.
Is there something small that I'm missing in order to make this happen?

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by:captain
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Hi

I wonder, have you set the font size to 'Auto'? This causes the text to shrink to the initial size of the font to the box/field size.

Set it to a fixed size in line with your layout and retry.

hth
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by:nscit
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captainreiss,
That does fix the text getting smaller at the end of the line but I want it to continue onto the next line as I type without having to hit TAB at the end.
Any ideas?
thx
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captain earned 500 total points
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Hi

I think there may be a small misinterpretation, so I think I best ask you.

Going by the screen shot you seem to have 2 fields with a single line height.

For Multi-line to work you have to:
1 field big enough to be multiple lines down
Set Checkbox Multi-line
Unset Checkbox Scroll text
Set fixed font size

It does not imply multi-line going to another field, you would need to have one field covering your 2 lines in your layout.

You hitting TAB at the end implies that you have to jump to the next field rather than it spanning to the next line in the same field when reaching the end

hth
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by:nscit
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That must be the situation....that makes sense now.  How often though does the spacing of the lines on a person's form match that of what Acrobat goes to on the next line when you use multi-line?  Seems like if you had 10 lines on your form and tried to make 1 big field that by the end using multi-line in acrobat it might be off a bit.  Make sense?
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by:captain
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Makes sense. I guess people will use compromises like the tabbing from field to field.

It also makes sense to have multiple fields if you for instance have 1st and 2nd address lines, You may want to export that data into different fields in a db.

I suppose in the end you need to make a decision what suits best, and for that you also need to take into account the type of data expected, if you want to have the 1st and 2nd line containing particular data types separated by line you have to use two fields otherwise you cannot control when the line breaks, eg if the first line entry is too short so what is the desired second line entrymay still be part of the first...

Horses for courses as they say, you can now choose between the two options and decide what's best for your form.

Thx for the accept
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