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Deleting Multiple Textboxes in Adobe Pro in one attempt

Explorer ,
Mar 01, 2023 Mar 01, 2023

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At present, we are working on a project where we need to create fillable Adobe forms with texboxes and some dropdown menus and are working on Adobe Acrobat Pro. However, we have the following issue when we create pdf forms.

First we convert a Form from Word format into Pdf format and after selecting "Prepare Form" in Adobe AcrobatPro  to insert/modify/delete the auto-created fields (textboxes, checkboxes, etc). During this conversion there are fields which are created on multiple pages as textboxes and they either need ot be changed ot modified per the page. In order to proceed, I delete them all and then re-create them which is very time consuming.

 

Is there a quicker way to select the textboxes first and delete them in one go, rather than doing them page by page?

 

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Mar 01, 2023 Mar 01, 2023

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Pressing Ctrl-a will select all form fields on the document, so you can delete them all at the same time.

 

For more fine grained work, use the console window. This window can be used to create and run all kinds of short scripts for manipulating fields.   Spending the time to learn how to write these scripts can be many times faster than creating and modifying fields by hand. 

 

Thom Parker - Software Developer at PDFScripting
Use the Acrobat JavaScript Reference early and often

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Mar 01, 2023 Mar 01, 2023

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Thank you so much! I am assuming there are tutorials all over the Adobe commmunity regarding how to learn these scripts. Is that the case?

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Mar 01, 2023 Mar 01, 2023

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Yes of course, there are inumerable samples and tutorials in many locations. Just search for Acrobat Scripting. 

Or explore this site:

www.pdfscripting.com

 

Thom Parker - Software Developer at PDFScripting
Use the Acrobat JavaScript Reference early and often

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Thank you!

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Mar 01, 2023 Mar 01, 2023

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To avoid having to do that, and to create the fields with 100% accuracy you would need to use a script (and to set up the Word file in a specific way in advance), such as these (paid-for) tools I've created:

Convert Wingdings Characters to Check-Boxes or Radio-Buttons: https://www.try67.com/tool/acrobat-reader-convert-wingdings-characters-to-check-boxes-or-radio-butto...
Convert Underscores to Text Fields: https://www.try67.com/tool/acrobat-reader-convert-underscores-to-text-fields

 

 

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Thank you !

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