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Field tab order is not working consistently

Community Beginner ,
May 29, 2018 May 29, 2018

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Hello,

When I try to enter data on my form, and use the tab key to move between fields, it is not always consistent as to which field it moves to. I have checked the "Fields" area and they are all in order but when I try to move within the form once published, it sometimes skips fields.

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Has anyone come across this issue?

I am using Adobe Acrobat Pro DC.

Thank you!

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New Here , Aug 10, 2021 Aug 10, 2021

Thank you for the answer!  I had created a document with several different radio group checkboxes.  The tab order was inconsistent with the group controls.  Sometimes it would tab to the next option in the group, sometimes it would skip it only to move to it from another group.  I am 100% certain that the tab order is correct in the document.  Using the above steps fixed it and now is working as expected:

 

  • Open the thumbnail view pane
  • select all thumbnailed pages of your document
  • right-click on the
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Community Expert ,
May 29, 2018 May 29, 2018

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What kind of fields is it skipping? Are those fields set as read-only, by any chance?

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Community Beginner ,
May 29, 2018 May 29, 2018

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No.

They are all exactly the same.

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What type of fields are they?

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Community Beginner ,
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Community Expert ,
May 29, 2018 May 29, 2018

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Can you share the file with us (via Dropbox, Google Drive, Adobe Cloud, etc.)?

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Community Beginner ,
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How do I do that privately?

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Community Beginner ,
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I just sent you the link in a private message.

Thank you!

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New Here ,
Nov 25, 2019 Nov 25, 2019

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Was this resolved? I'm having a similar issue with multiple PDFs. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Community Expert ,
Nov 25, 2019 Nov 25, 2019

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Hi,

 

I think your issue can be resolved with Reading Order and Editing Document Structure:

 

Se here: https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/touch-reading-order-tool-pdfs.html

 

And here:  https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/editing-document-structure-content-tags.html

 

Possible solution here: https://community.adobe.com/t5/acrobat/quot-reading-order-quot-is-not-working/td-p/10464664

 

 

You can also this:

 

  • Open the thumbnail view pane
  • select all thumbnailed pages of your document
  • right-click on the slection to bring up Properties, select Document Properties, and tick the radio button that says "Use document structure" 

 

 

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Thank you for the answer!  I had created a document with several different radio group checkboxes.  The tab order was inconsistent with the group controls.  Sometimes it would tab to the next option in the group, sometimes it would skip it only to move to it from another group.  I am 100% certain that the tab order is correct in the document.  Using the above steps fixed it and now is working as expected:

 

  • Open the thumbnail view pane
  • select all thumbnailed pages of your document
  • right-click on the slection to bring up Properties, select Document Properties, and tick the radio button that says "Use document structure" 

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Aug 11, 2021 Aug 11, 2021

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Thank you for updating this thread.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 24, 2022 Jan 24, 2022

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Found it---

See the right hand panel

the word FIELDS

Three lines to the right

"order tabs manually"

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Dec 18, 2023 Dec 18, 2023

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Yes!! This works!

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