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How do I prepare form so user can tick more than one check box in a list?

Community Beginner ,
Oct 15, 2023 Oct 15, 2023

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How do I prepare form so user can tick more than one check box in a list?

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Oct 16, 2023 Oct 16, 2023

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Oct 16, 2023 Oct 16, 2023

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Thanks JR. Started there which took me to here:

https://helpx.adobe.com/au/acrobat/using/pdf-form-field-properties.html

Scrolled down to this line under Drop-down and List Box:

'Multiple Selection (List boxes only) Enables users to choose more than one item in the list.'

However still can't work out how to set it up so it converts well when preparing form in Acrobat. Is it the way I've formatted the copy in Indesign that effects how it converts in Acrobat?

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Oct 16, 2023 Oct 16, 2023

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Do you want to use checkboxes, a drop-down or a listbox?

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 16, 2023 Oct 16, 2023

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Checkboxes. There's about 5 lots of checkbox lists throughout the form and they need to tick all that apply. If you can think of a better solution let me know! Thanks JR 🙂

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 16, 2023 Oct 16, 2023

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Update: It's working now except for one of them. So weird!!! Glitch in the software comes to mind hmmmm. Defintely not the designer haha

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Oct 16, 2023 Oct 16, 2023

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Don't give your checkboxes the same name, or they will act as radio buttons.

Give them a unique name, and you should be able to check all of them.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 17, 2023 Oct 17, 2023

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Thanks Nesa

Yes when they convert to a form from Indesign they are assigned their own name in that process. I honestly think it was a glitch at the time. I didn't change anything except the export settings on the PDF. A bit of a mystery! All is fine now. 

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Oct 19, 2023 Oct 19, 2023

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"Yes when they convert to a form from Indesign they are assigned their own name in that process."

Yes, in InDesign you must rename all checkboxes one by one.

Creating checkboxes in Acrobat Pro is faster because they retain their name when copied and pasted, or when dragged with CTRL (Windows) or CMD (Mac).

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