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Chapter 8. Forms > Creating Check Box Fields

Creating Check Box Fields

Check boxes can work individually or in sets Within a set of check boxes, one, none, all, or any combination can be checked (on). Check boxes are very flexible and independent. Checking any check box usually has no effect on any other check box within that set.

To create a check box field:

1.
Choose the Form tool (F) from the Editing toolbar.

2.
Drag to draw the field on the page (Figure 8.30).

Figure 8.30. Draw the field with the Form tool.


3.
In the Field Properties dialog box, name the field, and (if you like) type a brief description in the Short Description text box.

4.
Choose Check Box from the Type pop-up menu, and click the Options tab.

The options change to represent check box-specific options (Figure 8.31).

Figure 8.31. The Check Box options.


5.
Choose a style from the Check Style pop-up menu (Figure 8.32).

Figure 8.32. The pop-up menu that shows the different Check Box styles.


6.
Enter a value in the Export Value text box.

This value is the value that will be returned when the check box is checked. Yes is the default setting and the value expected by CGI applications.

7.
If you'd like the field to be checked by default, check the Default is Checked check box.

8.
Click the Appearance tab to format your check boxes.

9.
If desired, choose border and background colors.

The border color is the color that frames the check box. The background color is the color inside the check box.

10.
Choose a text color and size.

These settings affect the color and size of the checkmark.

11.
Click OK.

12.
Change to the Hand tool to display the check box (Figure 8.33).

Figure 8.33. When the Hand tool is selected, the check box initially appears unchecked.


13.
Click the check box to see how it appears when checked (Figure 8.34).

Figure 8.34. After selecting the Hand tool, click once on the check box to see how it appears when checked.



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