Form Fields with same name are merging and I don't want them to. Please help.

New Here ,
Apr 04, 2019 Apr 04, 2019

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I am using the Organize Pages feature in Acrobat DC to add additional documents to an existing PDF. When organizing pages, I am getting a pop up that says "Any form fields that have the same name in the merged documents are now merged into one field. If you want the values in these fields to be unique, then you need to create a PDF portfolio." After reviewing the document, I see that several of the pages have changed the data to match what is on one of the first pages. I would like all the pages to remain as they are.

I just want to put several unique PDFs that all have unique names as well as unique data, into one PDF.

Please help me. Thank you.

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Valorous Hero ,
Apr 04, 2019 Apr 04, 2019

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If form fields have the same name, they have the same value.

To make them all unique, give them each a different name.

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LEGEND ,
Apr 04, 2019 Apr 04, 2019

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You will have to use a form template and JavaScript to bring the fata extracted from the form into you new nig PDF and sfd a mew page fo the next form data.

Or, you could move all of the forms into a tan delimited file and then import each row into a new spawned page.

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Apr 17, 2020 Apr 17, 2020

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I discovered this change as well. I found a suggestion somewhere else that said you can flatten the fields on the forms and then you're able to combine them into one pdf file without the fields merging. To flatten the fields, you have to use PDF Optimizer. Go to: File > Save as Other > PDF Optimizer. When it opens up, select Discard Objects in the left-hand column, check “Flatten form fields”, and click OK.

 

I tried this on two forms that I needed to combine into one file and it no longer merged the form fields together.

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New Here ,
Oct 08, 2020 Oct 08, 2020

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What if you wanted everything to duplicate but two fields?

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Mar 05, 2021 Mar 05, 2021

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Thanks so much! I was looking for this fix forever and this worked for me. 

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New Here ,
Sep 30, 2021 Sep 30, 2021

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thank you so much for sharing this, saved me lots of headache.

 

was finally able to bypass all the garbled text and images when trying to combine pdfs. cheers

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New Here ,
Jan 21, 2022 Jan 21, 2022

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thank youuuuuuu

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New Here ,
Jan 31, 2022 Jan 31, 2022

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I just got a new job I think I spent over an hour and taking a break because I was so frustrated with this!

I just tried what you said and BOOM, worked.

Thank you so much for your help!

-Ashley

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New Here ,
Mar 18, 2022 Mar 18, 2022

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THANK YOU SO MUCH, I had to file by a certain time and I was panicking not knowing what to do, and your comment worked, you saved my life!

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Aug 10, 2022 Aug 10, 2022

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Thanks this works.  An hour of frustration is over!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 21, 2022 Jan 21, 2022

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If you want to store PDF forms, merge them in a PDF Portfolio.

The fields with the same names and their data will remain untouched.

 

If you want to store their data, go to : "Prepare Form" : "More" menu : "Merge Data Files into Spreesheet"

 

 

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May 26, 2022 May 26, 2022

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Another "fix" you can do. Before you combine open them all in a browser. Got into each pdf and hit print and then overwrite the orignial. The pdf document will no longer be writeable and the data is locked in. After that you can combine away as there are no more field names left.

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