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Chapter 8. Forms > Setting Field Properties

Setting Field Properties

Use the Field Properties dialog box to determine how each field looks and behaves. The dialog box contains a variety of options that change for each field type. You can set the font and text style of text boxes, designate various actions that will occur when a user interacts with the form in certain ways, and write scripts that calculate or validate form data. This section demonstrates setting the properties of a text box, which offers the widest range of options.

To set the appearance of fields:

1.
With the Form tool, double-click the field for which you want to set properties.

The Field Properties dialog box appears.

2.
Choose Text from the Type pop-up menu.

3.
Click the Appearance tab.

The Appearance options are displayed (Figure 8.15).

Figure 8.15. The Appearance tab of the Field Properties dialog box.


4.
If you'd like the field to have a border, check the Border Color check box and then choose the color by clicking the box to the right of the check box.

The Color Picker native to your computer system appears, allowing you to choose among a wide variety of colors.

5.
If you've chosen to place a border on the field, you can change the width and style by making choices from the Width and Style pop-up menus.

6.
If you'd like the field to have a background color, check the Background Color check box and then choose a color by clicking the box to the right of the check box.

7.
In the Text section, choose from the Font pop-up menu the font in which user-entered text will be displayed.

You can also modify the color and size of the text.

8.
In the Common Properties section, set any rules you want to use, such as whether the field requires user input, whether it is read-only, and whether it is visible or hidden.

9.
Click the OK button to put your choices into effect (Figure 8.16).

Figure 8.16. The new field, with the Form tool still selected.


10.
Switch to the Hand tool to see how the field will look in Acrobat Reader (Figure 8.17).

Figure 8.17. After you change to the Hand tool, the document appears as it will look in Acrobat Reader.



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