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Chapter EIGHT. Working with Acrobat Forms > TIP 63: Getting Started with Forms

TIP 63: Getting Started with Forms

Like many things in life, planning ahead is the key to designing a good form in Acrobat. Forms are made up of a number of components, which can include:

  • Graphic and image content, such as backgrounds or logos

    See What You've Got

    Sometimes forms are so beautifully designed that it is difficult to see the actual fields you need to fill in. You can set preferences or, on a form-by-form basis, use the options in the Document Message Bar, the yellow bar that displays automatically above the Document pane when a form PDF is opened:

    • Click Highlight Fields to make all fields light yellow. If the designer has set a color for the fields you can't highlight them, but a highlight isn't necessary as you can clearly see a colored field.

    • To show required fields, which must be filled in for you to submit the form, click Highlight Required Fields. Any required fields on the form are framed with a red outline.


  • Form fields such as text entry fields, radio buttons, pull-down lists, and more

  • Document structure information such as tags and alternate text

  • Programming used for calculations, form data transmittal, and so on


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