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Tools for PDF Form Maker

(See Example PDF and Example PDFill Project File  )

1.  Table Tool to create Multiple New Form Fields in rows and columns

2.  Adjust Box Height using Font Size

3. Tab Order by Clicking, Table or Auto

4. Set New Field's Calculation Order

5. Align Tools to precisely Align Field's Position

Steps on how to use the Tools for PDF Form Maker:

or click one of the 5 buttons , , , or in the Forms Toolbar.

1.  Table Tool to create Multiple New Form Fields in rows and columns

You can create multiple copies of form fields using the table tool. The new form field names are based on the original form fields and appended with a number. All new fields are created sequentially, using standard array format.

1. Select a current form object or create a form field by dragging on the document page to define the size and location of the field, and naming the field. For each field type, you can set a variety of options.

2. Choose Table Tool to Place Multiple Fields. (You must select a form field object to enable this function)

3. In the Create Multiple Copies Of Fields dialog box, do the following:

  • To specify the number of rows to be created, enter a number in Copy Selected Fields Down.
  • To specify the number of columns to be created, enter a number in Copy Selected Fields Across.
  • To specify the horizontal space between fields, enter a number in Horizontal Space in Point.
  • To specify the vertical space between fields, enter a number in Vertical Space in Point.
  • To change the position of the fields, use the Up, Down, Left, and Right buttons.
  • You can use the option to show Field name and change the font size.

2. Adjust Box Height using Font Size

The following picture shows the box height before and after adjustment:

3. Tab Order by Clicking , Table or Auto 

You can only change the new inserted object's Tab order. You cannot change the Tab Order of the original form fields. If you do need to change it, you need to convert the original form fields Editable.

Click "Tab Order by Click" from Form Field Toolbar. Then, click inside the new form fields one by one. Click outside the field to exit tab order editing.  See this figure's tab order:

If you only want to change some fields' tab orders,  Use Insert Menu => PDF Form Fields => New Tab Order from First Click. Only the fields with bigger tab order than that of the first clicked field can be changed.

You can select Insert Menu => PDF Form Fields => New Tab Order by Table.

You can select Insert Menu => PDF Form Fields => Set Tab Order => New Tab Order Automatically : The tab order in the current page will be calculated according to the center of new added objects from top to bottom and from left to right. 

4. Set New Field's Calculation Order

When you define two or more calculations in a form, the order in which they are carried out is the order in which you defined the calculations. In some cases, you may need to modify the calculation order to obtain correct results. For example, if you want to use the result obtained from calculating two form fields to calculate the value of a third form field, the first two form fields must be calculated together first to obtain the correct final results.

1. New Form Field Toolbar > Set Field Calculation Order.

2. The Calculate Fields dialog box displays all calculable fields in your form and the order in which the calculations are performed.

3. To change the field calculation order, select the field from the list, and then click the Up or Down button as needed.

Acrobat Reader will automatically perform all assigned field calculations when you are creating and testing your form fields. For convenience while you work, you can turn off automatic calculation in the Forms Preferences.

5. Align Tools to precisely Align Field's Position

1. Select Align Tools from Forms or Main Tool Bar.
2. Select the "Multiple Selection" Button if it is not selected.
3. Click the objects for alignment. At least 2 objects are needed to align.
4. Select Align Left, Horizontal Middle, Right, Top, Vertical Center, Bottom, Space Evenly Across/Down, Make Same Width or Height.
5. Click outside object to exit the alignment.

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