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Lesson 14. Creating PDF Forms > Adding check boxes

Adding check boxes

Check boxes are useful for responses that allow one or more selections. In this form you will use check boxes to allow users to select multiple items from a list of products.

1.
From the Advanced Editing toolbar, select the Check Box tool ().

2.
Position your cursor to the left of the word Instruments on the upper right side of the form. Click-drag downward and to the right to draw a small box that is approximately the same height as the letter I in the word Instruments. When you release the mouse button, the Check Box Properties dialog box opens.

3.
Click the General tab of the Check Box Properties and set the following:

  • For Name, type Instruments.

  • For Tooltip, type Select to receive more information.

Leave the other settings in the General tab unchanged, do not close this dialog box.

4.
Click the Options tab and for Check Box Style, choose Check. Readers will need to check this box if they wish to make the selection. To leave the check box deselected by default, leave the option for Check box is checked by default, deselected. Click the Close button.

5.
If necessary, select the check box you created in the previous steps, and zoom in on the check box by using Ctrl + (Windows) or Command + (Mac OS). Choose the Select Object tool, hold down the Ctrl (Windows) key or Option (Mac OS) key and drag the checkbox downward. While dragging it, continue to press the Ctrl or Option key and also hold the Shift key to maintain the alignment of the duplicate copy. Once the duplicate copy is in place, release the mouse first and then release the keys from the keyboard.

6.
Double-click the duplicated field only, and choose the General tab in the Check Box Properties window. Change the name to Recordings, then click the Close button.

7.
Using the Select Object tool (), Shift-click to select both check boxes. Hold down the Ctrl (Windows) key or Option (Mac OS) key and drag copies of these boxes to the right. You can hold down the Shift key while duplicating to align the duplicated fields with the originals. The duplicate copies should be positioned next to the words Sheet Music and Lessons.

8.
Choose Edit > Deselect All and then double-click on each of the two check boxes you've copied. In the General tab of the Check Box Properties dialog box, name the duplicated check boxes Sheet Music and Lessons, respectively. Each check box must be double-clicked separately.


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