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Adding Form Fields in Adobe InDesign CC

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In this excerpt, learn how to add text fields, add radio buttons, add a combo box, add a description to a form field, set the tab order of the fields, and add a button to submit the form.

Note: This excerpt does not include the lesson files. The lesson files are available with purchase of the book.

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Some work on the form fields has already been done. You’ll complete the form by adding some more fields, and then modifying some of them.

Adding text fields

In a PDF form, a text field is a container into which the person who fills out the form can enter text. All but two of the text frames have already been converted into text fields. You’ll convert these two text frames into text fields.

  1. Choose Window > Workspace Interactive For PDF. This optimizes the panel arrangement for the work you’ll be doing in this lesson and provides quick access to many of the controls you’ll use.
  2. Select the Selection tool (), and then move the pointer over the text field below “First Name.” Notice that a blue dotted line is displayed around the object and a small graphic of a text field is displayed on the right side. The dotted line indicates that the object is a PDF form element; the icon of the text frame indicates that the element is a text field. Select the object.
  3. Choose Window > Interactive > Buttons And Forms, or click the Buttons And Forms panel icon to display the Buttons And Forms panel. Notice the settings for the text field. Text Field is selected in the Type menu, and the name of the element is First Name.
  4. Select the text frame below “Last Name.” In the Buttons And Forms panel, choose Text Field from the Type menu, and then assign a name to the button by entering Last Name in the Name field. Press Enter or Return to apply the name change, and then deselect Scrollable.
  5. Select the text frame under “E-mail Address.” In the Buttons And Forms panel, configure it the same as you did the Last Name field and assign it the name E-mail Address.
  6. Choose File > Save.
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