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Lesson 14. Creating PDF Forms > Adding print and reset buttons

Adding print and reset buttons

With Adobe Acrobat 7 Professional you can create buttons that enhance the functionality of PDF forms. Here you will create two buttons that can be used to clear the data from the form fields and print the form.

1.
From the Forms Toolbar, select the Button tool ().

2.
Move your cursor to the blank area below the radio button “Other.” Click and drag downward and to the right to draw a box that covers the top half of the empty space. The Button Properties window opens when you release the mouse. Keep this window open.

3.
Choose the General tab and for Name, enter Print. For Tooltip enter Click to print form. Leave the other settings in this tab at their default values, and keep the window open.

4.
Choose the Appearance tab of the Button Properties dialog box:

  • Click on the swatch to the right of Border Color and choose a light red color.

  • Click on the swatch to the right of Fill Color and choose a dark red color.

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

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

  • From the Font Size drop-down menu, choose 14.

  • Click on the swatch to the right of Text Color and choose White.

  • In the Font drop-down menu, choose Helvetica Bold.

Leave the other settings in this tab unchanged, and keep the window open.

5.
Click the Options tab and set the following:

  • For Layout, choose Label only.

  • For Behavior, choose Invert.

  • For Label, enter Print.

Leave the other settings in this tab unchanged, and keep the window open.

6.
Choose the Actions tab and for Select Trigger, choose Mouse Up. For Select Action, choose Execute a Menu Item, then click Add. The Menu Item Selection window appears.

7.
In the Menu Item Selection window, choose File > Print. Click OK to accept this action and close the Menu Item Selection window (Windows) or choose File > Print then click OK (Mac OS).

8.
Click the Close button to close the Button Properties window.


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