text box is not printing?

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Jan 16, 2017 Jan 16, 2017

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I am using Acrobat X Pro version 10.1.16. When adding in a text box into a PDF, the text box will not print?

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Adobe Employee ,
Feb 06, 2017 Feb 06, 2017

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Hi christenerhello,

If you have created this form. You can go to form prepare mode or Edit form. 

Right click on that text field> Properties> General. There is drop down Form Field, make sure it is not set to "Visible but not Print."

Let us know if that helps.

-Tariq Dar.

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New Here ,
Feb 06, 2017 Feb 06, 2017

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Hello Tariq Dar, I do not have that feature. I have made sure to run the latest updates, but I cannot get a text box to print. I have also made sure to keep the opacity at 100%. Any other ideas? Thank you for your help!

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Adobe Employee ,
Feb 07, 2017 Feb 07, 2017

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Thank you for your response.

I was referring to text box properties of a Form field. It seems you are using text box under comments.

Is it possible for you to share the form/pdf with us? You may use Google drive or DropBox or Adobe Send. 

Also, can you try installing Reader DC and try to print using Reader?

If you don't want to share the file publically you may use private message How Do I Send Private Message 

-Tariq Dar.

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Feb 09, 2017 Feb 09, 2017

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In the print dialog select "Document and Markups".

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Feb 10, 2017 Feb 10, 2017

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a text box

Properly naming things always saves time…

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New Here ,
Sep 18, 2019 Sep 18, 2019

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I just figured it out. I had the same problem.You just go to File, Print, then under Comment & Forms you click on "Document and Markups"

Works like a charm.

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New Here ,
Jun 29, 2020 Jun 29, 2020

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Hi,

 

I am using Acrobat Pro 2017 and can print Form Field content only if Field Only is chosen, not Documents and Markup. Additionally, in Text Field Properties > General > Common Properties > Form Field is set to Visible. No luck. Finally, I am also not able to print image under advanced print options as this option is grayed out. Thanks in advance!

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New Here ,
Oct 03, 2021 Oct 03, 2021

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Text Box Disappears - PDF generated by Canvas.pngText Box Disappears - Print Preview.png

 

 

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New Here ,
Oct 03, 2021 Oct 03, 2021

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I have the same problem. Canvas (a learning management system) generates PDFs of my students' essays with my comments in text boxes. They are definitely not in a "Forms" field. I can see the text boxes in the PDF when I open it in Acrobat Pro DC 2021.007.20095. They have the typical blue border with handles for resizing, but I cannot resize or move them, and when I print the document, they do not print. I have tried all four possibilities in "Comments & Forms": Document, Document and Markups, Document and Stamps, Form Fields Only. None of them allow printing of the comments. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide. See screenshots just above this comment.

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New Here ,
Mar 16, 2022 Mar 16, 2022

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Same as Bev Wilcox above (but it's the next year now, and still no answer....) --->
"I have the same problem. Canvas (a learning management system) generates PDFs of my students' essays with my comments in text boxes. They are definitely not in a "Forms" field. I can see the text boxes in the PDF when I open it in Acrobat Pro DC 2021.007.20095. They have the typical blue border with handles for resizing, but I cannot resize or move them, and when I print the document, they do not print. I have tried all four possibilities in "Comments & Forms": Document, Document and Markups, Document and Stamps, Form Fields Only. None of them allow printing of the comments. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide. See screenshots just above this comment."

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Adobe Employee ,
Mar 17, 2022 Mar 17, 2022

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Hi Gerede,

 

Thank you for reaching out, and sorry about the trouble.

 

Could you please share any one PDF with us? We would like to check how the comments are added to the PDF.

It will help us understand the issue, and we can provide you with the correct information.

 

I would like to inform you that you are using an old version of Acrobat. You may check the latest version available for Acrobat on the following help page: https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/release-note/release-notes-acrobat-reader.html.

 

Let us know if you have any questions.

 

Thanks,

Meenakshi

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New Here ,
Mar 23, 2022 Mar 23, 2022

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Dear Meenakshi:

Unfortunately, I cannot share the documents in question because they are student work and are thus covered by FIRPA privacy regulations (I might be able to try creating a document in Canvas and then would attach it here later).

However, I can tell you that I did at least find a work-around here in the Canvas community:
https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Canvas-Question-Forum/quot-Download-Annotated-PDF-quot-doesn-t-do...

"Unfortunately there's no easy way to fix this.  If you want a hard way, you can do it in Adobe Acrobat.

Go into the Javascript curly braces { } and then edit the "Will Print" section to say

this.flattenPages();

}

Then it will flatten the pages (basically like merging layers in a photo editor) into a single document.  The annotations then become visible on the printed document.  If you add it to the "will save" event then it will flatten before a save, and the annotations will become a permanent part of the file.

Not easy for the uninitiated - I'm about to add the javascript to the blank pdf worksheets I post so that (hopefully) the students annotations will appear automatically."

 

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 23, 2022 Mar 23, 2022

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This worked for me, too.  A problem seems to be that many users and experts have different definitions of what a "text box" is. For me, it's not one of the Forms tools; it's an icon in the Quick Tools of the Toolbar called "Add Text Box", which came from the Comments group of tools, and somehow recently became disconnected from my print utility.  Your tip here fixed it. Thanks so much!

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Community Expert ,
Mar 23, 2022 Mar 23, 2022

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PDF comments can disappear when printing or placing the pdf into another document (like InDesign). There is an existing Acrobat preflight fixup that might be another way to fix the Canvas issue– Tools> Print Production> Preflight> Fixups> Flatten all annotations into page contents. (not available in Acrobat Reader). If this works, you can add the preflight to an Acrobat action using the Action Wizard tool where you can quickly apply it to a pdf or folder of pdfs. Let me know if you want step-by-step instructions to create an action.

Flatten comments to page contents.png

 

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New Here ,
Jul 17, 2022 Jul 17, 2022

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This solved my problem like a charm, thank you for the advice. 

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LEGEND ,
Jul 18, 2022 Jul 18, 2022

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If flattening solves it, then you're using the wrong edit tool... if you want to edit comment text boxes just don't use the Edit tool, that's not what it's for. And don't use the Prepare Forms tool, that's not what that's for. To edit comments use the Comments tool. 

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Jul 29, 2022 Jul 29, 2022

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This worked for me. How do I get this to work everytime without all the added steps? I do this to many documents every month.

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