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Form Field Properties missing Format, Validate, Calculate, etc.

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Jun 29, 2017 Jun 29, 2017

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Running Acrobat Pro DC 2017 Release (Continuous) 2017.009.20044 on OS X 10.11.6

Create a document in Word 2011 - go to Print -> Save As PDF or Print -> Save As Adobe PDF

Open PDF in Acrobat Pro

Select Tools -> Prepare Form, add different form fields (text, date, etc.)

This works fine, but all of them no matter what kind only have General, Appearance, Position, Options tabs in the Text Field Properties window. There are no tabs for Format, Validate, etc.

As a result, things like the Date field just end up being a plain text field that you can type anything into.

Please explain - what am I missing here? I used to do this all the time in older version of Acrobat.

I've tried to find an answer in the Acrobat documentation but no luck (the docs suck too).

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correct answers 2 Correct answers

Adobe Community Professional , Jun 29, 2017 Jun 29, 2017
Click on Tools - Prepare Form and then click on "More" at the right side of the window and then on "Revert to Acrobat Form".

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Adobe Community Professional , Aug 09, 2021 Aug 09, 2021
Try select 'prepare form tool, click on 'More', then 'Revert to Acrobat form'.

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Click on Tools - Prepare Form and then click on "More" at the right side of the window and then on "Revert to Acrobat Form".

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Thanks - that did it.

Decidedly unintuitive however

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Agreed. It's very bad design. There should be some indication when you tick the "Prepare this document for signatures" box that it's going to limit it in this way...

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Hey what was the fix, Im having the same issue also

 

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Try select 'prepare form tool, click on 'More', then 'Revert to Acrobat form'.

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Thanks Nesa

 

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