Text boxes within paragraphs - data inside of text box doesn't copy

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Aug 02, 2022 Aug 02, 2022

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I've created a document - on the bottom is a canned message, so I've typed out that text. However, I've inserted text boxes within that paragraph to autofill data from copied boxes above (duplicate text boxes for date and times). When I go to copy/paste, the text copies and the text box highlights, but when I paste, the data from the text box doesn't paste, just the blank of the text box.

Here is the example... those blanks (below) have text in the text boxes - but it doesn't copy/paste. How do I make that text selectable so it'll paste?

 

Completed RFF ___________ Monthly PM on ____________ as per published procedure in System Maintenance Procedures Manual.

Filled out Generator Use Log. Arrived on site _____ UTC, departed _____ UTC.

 

Thank you in advance.

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Flatten the form fields before you select and copy.

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If by that you mean print as adobe, that messes up the formatting and I don't want to have to do that for every form, I would like to just be able to save it and be able to copy/paste from the workable form.

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Then copy the fix text and copy the field values as seperate steps.

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I could do that - but that would completely defeat the purpose of creating a new more efficient autonomous form to save steps/time and improve efficiency.

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You can't copy plain text and interactive elements such as text fields at once. What you can do is to create one single protected text field that contains all the texts. It would require some scripting but if you need this more than once ith might be worth the effort.

 

Given you have a field Text1 and two input fields Field1 and Field2 you can use this calculation script to create its contents.

var oOutput = this.getField("Text1"),
    cText = "My text contains the value of Field 1 ",
    cVar1 = this.getField("Field1").value,
    cVar2 = this.getField("Field2").value;
cText += cVar1;
cText += " and Field 2 ";
cText += cVar2;
cText += ".";
oOutput.value = cText;

 

 

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