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Changing Check Box Style for entire document

Community Beginner ,
Jun 01, 2021 Jun 01, 2021

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I have a very large document with check boxes. There are a total of 63 pages and 565 check boxes. When I convert from Microsoft Word to Adobe PDF, then create a form, I have yet to find a way to tell it that I want these check boxes to default as either "Cross" or "Check" (why is "Square" even an option?). Since I can't have it correct off the bat, I need to go and change every single check box from "Square" to "Check." I have found the most efficient way to do this is per page. That still means I need to go to each page, select all check boxes on that page, and change the Check Box Style properties.

 

Please tell me I'm doing it wrong and there is a quicker/easier way to do this.

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Community Expert , Jun 01, 2021 Jun 01, 2021

You need to run this code from javascript console.

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for (var i=0; i<this.numFields; i++) {
var fieldt = this.getNthFieldName(i);
if(this.getField(fieldt).type == "checkbox"){
this.getField(fieldt).style = xxx ;}}

 

 Change 'xxx' with style you want.

Styles:

check = style.ch
cross = style.cr
diamond = style.di
circle = style.ci
star = style.st
square = style.sq

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Jun 01, 2021 Jun 01, 2021

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You need to run this code from javascript console.

Code:

 

for (var i=0; i<this.numFields; i++) {
var fieldt = this.getNthFieldName(i);
if(this.getField(fieldt).type == "checkbox"){
this.getField(fieldt).style = xxx ;}}

 

 Change 'xxx' with style you want.

Styles:

check = style.ch
cross = style.cr
diamond = style.di
circle = style.ci
star = style.st
square = style.sq

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 01, 2021 Jun 01, 2021

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Thank you!!! I had no idea how to do Java and so this was a first.

I was able to add it into the document, but is there a way to keep it in Adobe so I don't need to do this every time?

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Jun 01, 2021 Jun 01, 2021

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No, you can't change the default settings used by the Fields Detection Wizard.

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You can do it by running this code from a button or the JS Console:

 

for (var i=0; i<this.numFields; i++) {
	var f = this.getField(this.getNthFieldName(i));
	if (f==null) continue;
	if (f.type=="checkbox") f.style = style.ch;
}

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Thank you so much! 

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Jan 12, 2024 Jan 12, 2024

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Just a tip - 

Open javascript console: Ctr + j

Put in your script in the console (bottom), make sure to put in the style you want, ie  style.st

Highlight the script

hit Ctr + enter

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