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When filling in the PDF form fields (of the PDF fillable form that I created), the text duplicates into every other field in the PDF, regardless of which box you type into. Help?
This is how PDF forms behave if the fields names are the same, so you just need to change their names in Acrobat so they are all different.
k...but, how? 😕
Select each form field in turn in the Form editor, click on Propertioes, change the name. Repeat for each field, whether there are 10 fields or 10,000 fields.
I have this same problem in Acrobat DC and changing the field names has not solved the problem. I've deleted the boxes and recreated them, but still have the problem. Ideas?
Can you share the form?
It’s a work in progress and I’m a novice, but here you go...
To share file you can use Tools > Send & Track.
I solved my problem. Operator error. Thank you!
How did you solve this issue? I have the same issue.
Yes, I'm having the same issue and need to know how to fix it
See above. You need to rename them.
how did u fix it
Totally it! Assign them different names and boom, fixed. George is right!
I'm having this issue also, and all the fields are titled something different. Any other ideas?
You'll need to share the file with us for more help with it.
Well, I went back in to edit/prepare the form, and now I see what is meant by the "titles" and they were all the same. I'm trying to prepare a set of lab tables for my high school students, but there are 2 tables with 25 cells each, along with many other cells for longer answers. It's sounding like I either rename all the cells individually (even with just a number, which they won't see or I don't care if they see), or have them use a different program.
If you find a PDF viewer that allows you to enter different values into fields with the same name you should stay away from it, as it's very buggy and should not be trusted.
What if you have 200-300 boxes on the form? Is there an easier way to change all of the names rather than one at a time?
No, not really.
This can be done with a script or a stand-alone tool, but it has some limitations.
I've developed a set of (paid-for) tools that allow you to do it.
If you don't care what the new field names are, and just want them to be unique, you can use this other (paid-for) tool I've created, which will automatically rename all duplicate fields so that they have unique names:
It may be worth a few words about WHY the expectation is that we have unique field names. Forms were designed to be filled and submitted. When a form is submitted, each field sends its name and value. So, if fields have the same name it is impossible to know how the form is filled in.
Similarly, forms can be filled automatically. This is done using a similar file listing field name + value. When loading the form, Acrobat MUST fill in all the fields with the same name at the same time, as it has no way to know which one you mean. This also is a useful way to repeat info, such as the client's name on each part of a form.
Sometimes today forms are made to only print, or to be sent (complete) for printing. (This was not even possible in older versions of the software). There is no special rule for this case, you still need to make each field name unique, even if there are thousands of them.