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Object tools are all greyed out

Community Beginner ,
Oct 03, 2019 Oct 03, 2019

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Hi I hae Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, and I am trying to edit things such as bring object to back or front, but the OBJECTS menu on the right side are all greyed out.  I thought I have encountered this a while ago and I remember going to the preferences menu to check or uncheck something.  But I cant seem to remember how I did this before.  Any help is greatly appreciated. Its driving me nuts. 

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Community Expert ,
Oct 03, 2019 Oct 03, 2019

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Hi, 

can you confirm the operating system you are using and include screenshots.

Can you look at the properties (File>Document Properties or Ctrl+D on Windows or CMD+D on Mac).

It might give you information in the Security tab about the document being locked

 

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 03, 2019 Oct 03, 2019

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Hi Eric, thanks for helping. I am using windows 10. I looked in the properties and everything is allowed for the document, there does not seem to be any restrictions.  I have attached the screenshot.  As you can see on the right panel, everything is greyed out.  I am most interested in the Objects section.  Thanks.

 

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 04, 2019 Oct 04, 2019

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Hi Eric not sure if you saw my last reply. Can you help?

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Community Expert ,
Dec 21, 2019 Dec 21, 2019

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Hi Green_Tara

Did the solution offered by @BritD1 work for you?

I was not able to replicate your issue, you might have to contact your local tech support

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Aug 18, 2022 Aug 18, 2022

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Aug 18, 2022 Aug 18, 2022

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New Here ,
Aug 25, 2022 Aug 25, 2022

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Eventually worked out

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New Here ,
Aug 18, 2022 Aug 18, 2022

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can you help

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Aug 18, 2022 Aug 18, 2022

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Help

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Hi, 

can you confirm the operating system you are using and include screenshots.

Can you look at the properties (File>Document Properties or Ctrl+D on Windows or CMD+D on Mac).

It might give you information in the Security tab about the document being locked

 


By @Eric Dumas

 

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New Here ,
Aug 25, 2022 Aug 25, 2022

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Java script merger 

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New Here ,
Oct 22, 2022 Oct 22, 2022

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Si Signore!

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New Here ,
Dec 20, 2019 Dec 20, 2019

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I've had this issue for a while and just stumbled upon a solution by accident. For objects to be available, you have to close out all documents from adobe except the 1 current document you're trying to edit.  This worked for me. Hope this helps you too. 

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 13, 2020 Feb 13, 2020

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BritD1, it did not work for me.  Only one PDF was open but the Format and Objects menus are grayed out.  However, "Edit" on the top menu bar allowed me to add text.  Can anyone assist on this?

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Community Expert ,
Feb 14, 2020 Feb 14, 2020

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The Format menu is active when you select text.

The Objects menu is active when you select an image.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 14, 2020 Feb 14, 2020

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Thanks but what I want to do is add form fields.  That doesn't involve text or images.

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Community Expert ,
Feb 14, 2020 Feb 14, 2020

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To add form fields use Tools > Prepare Form

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 14, 2020 Feb 14, 2020

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Thank you, Bernd.  

 

When Acrobat DC starts the scan for fillable fields, I get an error saying "Knowledge source failed. <Gather Form Data> [1]"  

 

However, clicking OK on the dialog box still allows me to add form fields manually, so this isn't critical.

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New Here ,
Sep 15, 2020 Sep 15, 2020

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This worked for me! Thank you Bernd

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New Here ,
Oct 08, 2020 Oct 08, 2020

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Thanks for the info, but did you have to be so verbose:) 

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New Here ,
Nov 23, 2020 Nov 23, 2020

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"Thanks for the info, but did you have to be so verbose:)"

 

"Thanks for solving the problem, but here's why it wasn't convenient for me :)"

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 01, 2024 Mar 01, 2024

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lol

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New Here ,
Apr 28, 2023 Apr 28, 2023

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This worked! Although I wanted to add a box with an outline so it didn't help for that. But it did activate the Objects panel. Thanks for clarifying! 

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 01, 2024 Mar 01, 2024

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DUH! Thank you.

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Aug 18, 2022 Aug 18, 2022

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