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How do I add text inside a box?

New Here ,
May 31, 2023 May 31, 2023

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I need to draw a box and put text inside the box that people can read.

 

When I draw a box using the comment tool, it covers up the text I've written.

 

When I use the comment text function to write text, it won't place the text where I click, and the text gets smaller and smaller as I add more text to it.

 

How do I create a text box that will let me place the text ON TOP of the box, and let me place it exactly where I need it to go?

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LEGEND , Jun 01, 2023 Jun 01, 2023

I think you might be making the mistake of designing the form (the copy of the form) in Acrobat, when it maybe should be designed in Word or similar. The comment tool is not great for the end user; it should be a fill in form.

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May 31, 2023 May 31, 2023

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If you created 'rectangle' using comment tool, you can right click  on rectangle and go to its properties, there you can set fill color to 'No color' so it doesn't cover up text.

You can also use 'Text box' which is also comment tool to draw a box in which you write text:

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You can also use 'Prepare form' tool to add 'Text field'.

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New Here ,
Jun 01, 2023 Jun 01, 2023

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Hi Nesa,

 

These solutions are unhelpful.

 

Again, I need to have a colored box with text inside the box.

 

I work for local government and need to precisely recreate a form and do not have approval to make changes to its design.

 

The box must look exactly like this:

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Removing the inside color is not an option.

 

The text must be inside the box, not next to it, or any other place.

 

Using the comment "Draw Shapes" tool covers up any text placed inside it, except for text made using the comment tool. However, using the comment tool removes my ability to place the text exactly inside the box, so this is not a solution.

 

I have tried making a form field, but only users are able to add visible text to the box. The box should not be editable by the user in any way.


I just want to draw a box with text inside it. I don't understand why Acrobat makes this so difficult. I would use any other program to make this PDF, but unfortunately, I also do not have approval to install programs on my work laptop, or to perform work on my personal computer, so I have to use Acrobat.

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Jun 01, 2023 Jun 01, 2023

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Here is an example using text box and line tool:

Izrezak.PNG

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Jun 01, 2023 Jun 01, 2023

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I think you might be making the mistake of designing the form (the copy of the form) in Acrobat, when it maybe should be designed in Word or similar. The comment tool is not great for the end user; it should be a fill in form.

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Jul 02, 2024 Jul 02, 2024

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I was on a same dilemma. I gave up. I resolved using  the older version (adobe 11). you can put text on top of a color-filled rectangle.

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