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Hotkey for Distribute... button

New Here ,
Feb 06, 2023 Feb 06, 2023

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Is there a hotkey that will activate the Distribute... button?

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Feb 07, 2023 Feb 07, 2023

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Bump.

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Feb 08, 2023 Feb 08, 2023

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Hi,

 

I tried this myself and I couldn't find a hotkey per se. However, the quickest method is to enable "Quick Tools" to the toolbar and add the "Distribute" shortcut to the quick tools.

 

See screenshot below:

 

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If you are an old-schooler and you are fast with your keyboard, you may also try these other methods:

 

First enable the single key accelerators in EDIT=>PREFERENCES=>GENERAL=> Use Single-Key Accelerators

 

After that is done, return to your document.

 

Just by hitting the "A" key by itself it opens up the Prepare Form Tool Preview pane from which you can click on the "Distribute" button.

 

  • Using SHIFT+CTRL+7 does the same result (opens up the preview pane of the Prepare Form tool; when the Tool Preview pane opens up, click on Distribute

 

And like I said earlier, if you're a keyboard-shortcut old-schooler, then the next hotkey combo shouldn't be too much of a hassle:

 

  • ALT+E  ==>>  S   ==>   Enter

 

This key combo is the longest but it navigates through the "Edit" menu swiftly, which is the equivalent of  clicking with the mouse pointer on each item through EDIT ==>> FORM OPTIONS ==>> DISTRIBUTE

 

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Feb 08, 2023 Feb 08, 2023

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I am actually controlling this through a VB program, so the mouse clicks are not an option.  The last two options look promissing, but my Edit menu does not have the items you mention?

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Feb 08, 2023 Feb 08, 2023

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What version of Adobe Acrobat Pro are you on?

 

I am using Adobe Acrobat Pro DC and just applied the latest update a day or two ago.

 

Also, is that Acrobat Reader? or a different licensing  track than subscription?

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Feb 08, 2023 Feb 08, 2023

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It is Acrobat Pro subscription.

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Feb 08, 2023 Feb 08, 2023

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Intriguing.

 

I don't understand why those menu items are missing, but recently I've seen a few users observing that some options or menus disappear after recent updates.

 

I am also aware that Adobe Acrobat has gone through some changes in regards of hotkeys and  key combinations reassignment.

 

Maybe the "Distribute" action doesn't have a key combo assigned to it yet; if that is the case it would be a great feature.

 

I am going to continue to dig a little more about this and post back.

 

 

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Feb 08, 2023 Feb 08, 2023

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Can you test the  keyboard combo shown below and see if it works?

 

  • ALT+E  ==>>  S   ==> I

 

I am on Windows 10 64bit with Acrobat Pro DC (32-bit), same update version as yours.

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Feb 08, 2023 Feb 08, 2023

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Alt-E brings up the Edit menu, but what does ==>> represent?  Does not seem to be right arrow.

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Feb 08, 2023 Feb 08, 2023

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And S does not do anything on the Edit menu.

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Feb 08, 2023 Feb 08, 2023

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Sorry, I was trying to summarize the sequence.

 

So I meant, "ALT+E" keyboard combo, then hit the "S" key by itself, and last hit the "I" key by itself.

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Feb 09, 2023 Feb 09, 2023

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S and I generate no action on the Edit menu.

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