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Trying to center justify a drop down field (Adobe Acrobat Pro 2017)

New Here ,
Sep 11, 2018 Sep 11, 2018

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I can't seem to alter the justification of the data in the field.  It is automatically left justified.  I have a list of items that I need to have centered and not left justified.

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Community Expert , Sep 11, 2018 Sep 11, 2018

Not possible. You can add spaces (or tabs, using a script) before the

items, though.

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Sep 11, 2018 Sep 11, 2018

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Not possible. You can add spaces (or tabs, using a script) before the

items, though.

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Sep 11, 2018 Sep 11, 2018

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Where can you add a script, I tried looking for that as well?

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Sep 12, 2018 Sep 12, 2018

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You don't add this script. You need to execute it (from the JS Console, for example) to set the items of the field.

The code would be something like this:

this.getField("Dropdown1").setItems(["\tItem1", "\tItem 1.1", "\t\tItem 1.2", "\tItem 2"]);

The "\t" escape character is a tab. I used it twice to create indentation, but you can use it only once to align the text (somewhat) to the center of the field.

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New Here ,
Jan 13, 2021 Jan 13, 2021

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Would I apply this to the format field? 

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Jan 13, 2021 Jan 13, 2021

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No. 

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New Here ,
Jan 26, 2023 Jan 26, 2023

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Hi 

If you put this code Format/Custom/Custom Script Code Area It will be work but you must change the code like this "this.getField("Dropdown1").selectItems(["\tItem1", "\tItem 1.1", "\t\tItem 1.2", "\tItem 2"]);"

After that just change the Item names (Item1,Item1.1...) t must be stay and don't forget change dropdown name .This way you can make to center your dropdownlists 

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Jan 26, 2023 Jan 26, 2023

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The name of the method is setItems, not selectItems, though...

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Mar 22, 2020 Mar 22, 2020

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Feb 03, 2021 Feb 03, 2021

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If I'm undertanding correctly and you are talking about the alignment of text that a user will enter (or has entered) inside a FIELD, you can adjust the alignment in the field's PROPERTIES menu >> in the OPTIONS tab.

 

See attached image.

Mary Helen Shuff | Art Director & Senior Graphic Designer | 508-Compliancy Coordinator | Forms Coordinator | Printing Liaison

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Feb 03, 2021 Feb 03, 2021

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This is a text field. The question was about a drop-down field...

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Feb 03, 2021 Feb 03, 2021

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Ahhhhh. I understand.

Mary Helen Shuff | Art Director & Senior Graphic Designer | 508-Compliancy Coordinator | Forms Coordinator | Printing Liaison

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 20, 2021 Jul 20, 2021

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Yeah. Same issue. Not asure why we can center (or left right) align a text field, but not a drop down. Makes no sense.

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New Here ,
Aug 27, 2021 Aug 27, 2021

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Having problems with this too. Thank you all for the feedback on the post, 

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 05, 2024 Mar 05, 2024

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Remember, it's Acrobat, not Word. The function of PDFs is to strip formatting to make the files smaller. I don't disagree with you but it's the most likely reason why we can't have nice things.

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