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Lesson 14. Creating PDF Forms > Creating a multi-line text field

Creating a multi-line text field

You can establish form fields that allow for more than one line of text to be entered. To accomplish this, you will create a larger text field and adjust the properties of the field to allow for additional lines of text to be entered.

1.
Choose the Text Field tool (). Click and drag a text field that fills all the available space under the sentence that begins “If you are looking for specific information… .” The Text Field Properties window opens after you create the text field. Keep this window open.

2.
Click the General tab of the Text Field Properties dialog box. For Name, enter Specifics and for Tooltip, enter Place your special requests here. Do not change the other settings within the General tab, and keep the Text Field Properties window open.

3.
Choose the Appearance tab and set the following:

  • For Border Color, click on the swatch to the right and choose Black.

  • For Fill Color, click on the swatch to the right and choose White.

  • From the Line Thickness drop-down menu, choose Thin.

  • From the Line Style drop-down menu, choose Solid.

  • Set Font Size to Auto.

Leave the other settings in this tab at their default values, and do not close the window.

The Auto setting for Font Size allows Acrobat to increase or decrease the size of text as it is entered into a field. With this option, Acrobat changes the font size based upon the amount of space available within the field. If you prefer to use a specific size rather than a variable font size, you can also enter a specific size for the text.



4.
Choose the Options tab and for Alignment, choose Left, then click the Multi-line checkbox. This allows the text to expand beyond one line as it is entered. Leave the other settings in this tab at their default values.

5.
Click the Close button to close the Text Field Properties window.


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