ESC key and acrobat comments

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Jun 22, 2022 Jun 22, 2022

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If I write a comment and press the ESC key, acrobat closes the comment window without saving the comment. Do anybody know, how I could change the behavior of acrobat?

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New Here , Jul 03, 2022 Jul 03, 2022

They changed it so now you need to press ALT + ENTER

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 22, 2022 Jun 22, 2022

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ESC often means "Cancel", you should use TAB or ENTER instead.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 22, 2022 Jun 22, 2022

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And just to clarify, you can't change how it works.

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New Here ,
Jun 22, 2022 Jun 22, 2022

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If you hit TAB you will get a tabulator-code in the text of the comment. If you hit ENTER you will get a new line in the text.

 

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 23, 2022 Jun 23, 2022

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ESC used to save the text of the comment before closing the window. This week, ESC key changed function and now only closes the comment.
TAB adds a tab to the comment. This is not the desired function.

ENTER adds a line break to the comment. This is not the desired function.

 

Restoration of previous ESC function is desired.

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New Here ,
Jul 02, 2022 Jul 02, 2022

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The "correct answer" is not actually an answer but a confirmation of the problem, which is that many people learned to save their comments and go on to other tasks by hitting ESC.  The new interface makes sense, i.e., if I don't want to discard my comment then I can press ESC.  However, it would be great to have some other key to press to confirm (post) the comment and continue.  It seem the best practice, for now, is to click "post" with the mouse, or simply click anywhere in the document as that has the same effect as posting.

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 03, 2022 Jul 03, 2022

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Clicking anywhere in the document adds a dot when using the drawing tool, so clicking anywhere is not ideal either

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 23, 2022 Jun 23, 2022

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You're right, ENTER should not act as RETURN.

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Jul 03, 2022 Jul 03, 2022

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They changed it so now you need to press ALT + ENTER

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 05, 2022 Jul 05, 2022

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Thank you very much! I was confused, as I also have a new laptop and tried to find out whether there is an option which I have to use to change this behaviour. Good that I found your post here!

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New Here ,
Jul 05, 2022 Jul 05, 2022

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Thanks for the answers, everyone, but Alt + Enter doesn't seem to fully replace Esc.

 

Esc fully closed the pop-up box including minimizing it, but Alt + Enter only closes the text entry part of the pop-up box without minimizing it. Is there any keystroke that will fully close and minimize the pop-up box?

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New Here ,
Jul 06, 2022 Jul 06, 2022

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I am likewise appreciating these answers and discussions.  My main problem now, even though I know to press alt-enter, is that I've been pretting ESC for years to save comments.  I find myself frustratingly using the old mechanism from time to time, so I need to enter the comment twice.  I suppose I will eventually learn through negative reinforcement, but find myself wishing that there was a way to *disable* the ESC to discard mechanism.

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Adobe Employee ,
Jul 11, 2022 Jul 11, 2022

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Hi All,

 

Thank you for being so patient. 

 

The behavior of Esc would be to discard any draft content typed in the comment box. To post the comment, either the Post button be clicked, or Alt+Enter be pressed. Further, a mouse click on the document will also post the comment. So, apart from the Esc key, all other ways to post the comment are retained.

 

Thanks,

Meenakshi

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