I have an employee who is receiving fillable PDF forms for work via email. When opening file preview on the form within Outlook Desktop the form is displayed and the field data is in the fields designated. When opening the PDF with Reader or Acrobat Pro the forms field data is blank. Clicking on fields to highlight test does not reveal anything, and trying to insert a space and delete the space within the field nothing is revealed. When opening the file with MS Edge, all the forms field data is then viewable. I have another employee that was able to open the same form using their Acrobat XI and was able to view the field data as well. With opening the PDF's via Edge, we are able to print form to MS Print to PDF and upon doing so and opening with Reader or Acrobat Pro the form data is viewable. I have checked the versions of Reader and Acrobat Pro and both are up to date as well. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Having a similar issue: Upon opening the PDF in Acrobat Reader (ver. 2020.009.20067) the form fields are blank. But, in our case, if you click in a field location, the data shows up - only for that one field.
Another interesting discovery is if you zoom the window (in any direction) everything suddenly appears. Very strange.
NOTES: We received the document from someone else but the properties reveal the following:
Application: Acrobat PDFMaker 20 for Word.
PDF Producer: Adobe PDF Library 20.9.95
PDF Version is: 1.6 (Acrobat 7.x)
I have played with different settings in Adobe Reader, but do not want to spend a lot of time on this. I have the feeling it will be fixed with a software revision: Either Adobe Reader or Acrobat PDFMaker 20 for Word???
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This is usually the fault of the application used to fill in the form, most likely Apple Preview, MS Reader or one of the browser plugins. Instruct the users to only use Adobe Reader and it should work fine.
Thank you for the reply. But, for myself and T_Hubbard, Adobe Reader IS the problem this time. Ironically, other applications and plug-ins are not having an issue displaying field content.
Adobe Reader = fields are blank until you click in them or resize the window
Outlook Desktop with preview pane = OK - the fields are all populated
File Explorer with preview pane = OK - the fields are all populated
Chrome Browser = OK - the fields are all populated
Edge Browser = OK - the fields are all populated
It is not a big deal for me because my user has a "work-around" for this one particular document. But I am curious as to why it is happening and if it will be fixed on the next Adobe Reader update.
can you share the work around
But this is NOT the correct answer in this case.
Both posts My post states that Adobe Reader DOES NOT WORK. Other applications do.
The fact they work doesn't necessarily mean they work correctly.
BC-TW, This was the correct answer for my issue. After having the original user use Adobe Reader to complete the form, instead of MS Edge previewer, and resubmitting it there were no further issues. It may not be the correct issue for your case, but it was for mine.
In addition, I tested this theory myself as well by using the same form. When opening the file with Adobe Reader the form date was present. Upon opening the same file with MS Edge previewer and editing the form and then saving as a PDF, the form data was no longer able to be seen via Adobe Reader, but was able to be seen when re-opening it via MS Edge previewer. There seems to be an issue with saving a pdf via another program and then trying to use Adobe to open that said file. Hopefully Adobe can correct this in a future update.
Ah I see. Thank you so much for the update. I apologize for any mix ups of our issues. Glad you are all set. Thank you for setting me straight.
When I use Acrobat Reader to fill in form fields, then save the form and open it for viewing in a browser, only some of the fields I filled appear populated in the browser. This is an issue because it is an official government form, and when I try to upload it to the government website, the fields that don't appear populated in browser also don't appear populated in the preview of the uploaded form.
I solved by opening in browser, filling fields in browser, then printing to PDF from browser. But this should not be necessary.
Why do Adobe products not fill Adobe forms?
What kind of a cop-out is that??
Also experiencing this problem (field data does not appear until field is clicked) in a document that has been created and used in Acrobat Pro ONLY (i.e. no other software used to view, edit or fill in form). This is therefore (at least) an Acrobat problem.
I've noticed that repeated openings of the same document result in different fields within the document being displayed - i.e open once, field A is blank, field B is shown; open a second time (without saving in between) and field A is shown, field B is blank.
It looks very much like a screen refresh/redraw problem to me. The document is reasonably complex (~300 fields), and sometimes just scrolling down and then up again will refresh the display so all fields show. Also, just changing the display theme in Acrobat (View, Display Theme, choose an alternate value) will resolve the problem and display all the fields properly.
This is occurring in both Acrobat Pro 2017 Release (Classic) | Version 2017,011,30171 and Acrobat Pro DC Continuous Release | Version 2020.009.20074.
Adobe, it looks like some work is needed here...
Does anyone's PDF form look this screwed up....I have uninstalled/reinstalled adobe, restarted computer, updated graphics drivers, updated adobe, opened other PDFs which only blackout when scrolling. I did not purchase adobe, only need the reader. My HP laptop is new (4 months old) Envy x360.
Wherever i move the cursor and click the area will become partially readable but only in that area the previous area i clicked on will turn black.
I have one staff member that is having this same problem. I have found no solution for this. Help from Adobe would be much appreciated. Thanks.
Using Acrobat Pro DC- updated version via subscription. A collegue uses same and is able to see data in form fields, and I am unable to. HELP????
Same here - the pdf fillable form was created using Adobe. I am running Adobe 20.012.20048. Same behavior happening as Zaniwoop. You shouldn't have to use edge or preview to see the pdf data. Adobe - please send out a patch update on this.
That "solution" doesn't work for me either. Adobe Reader is the problem. It is opening PDFs as blank when the same pdf can be opened in Chrome or other applications completely populated. Clicking on the cells where there should be text doesn't reveal anything. This seems to be a new development in Adobe Reader; I haven't had the issue before today.
I have encounter this issues as well. The PDFs show properly when previewing in Outlook, but once you open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat STD or Pro the fields no longer show the data. I was able to solve the issue when the PDF Producer was MAC ios by going to Edit>Preferences>Forms and unchecking ‘Show border hoover color for fields’. I am still encountering the blank fields on a PDF that has the PDF Producer as Adobe LiveCycle Designer 11.0. Please let me know if you can think of anything else to try!
Having the same issue, any one found a fix for this?
using Adobe Acrobat Reader DC 20.012.20048 version
THANK YOU! This worked for me:
Edit --> Preferences -->Forms, and unchecking ‘Show border hoover color for fields’.
I was so annoyed that forms I previously created in Adobe Standard 2020, then sent to my clients to complete, when the clients returned the forms I could not see the data in the form fields, when in Adobe Standard 2020.
I could see the field data when I previewed the PDF in Chrome.
But could not see the field data when the PDF was opened in Adobe Standard 2020.
This only started happening recently. So it is some upgrade that has a bug/flaw. Adobe please fix!
THANK YOU stellar25677166
I'm using Adobe Acrobat Pro DC and a document created in Microsoft Edge. The Optimize PDF button is greyed out and unclickable for me.
The "Correct answer" is no kind of answer.
This worked for me. It requires Micro$oft Word.
Adobe Acrobat, open file: File > Export To > Microsoft Word > Word Document
Open in Word: File > Save as... > File Format (drop-down menu): PDF
Re-open in Acrobat and the previously hidden fields should be visible.
Did you ever get a REAL solution to your issue with PDFs being empty or not showing data. I'm have expereinced the same issue after performing a update of Adobe DC. So far the only solution I have fould was to install a product called PDF-Xchange Viewer, now I can see all the data again. I am not promoting the product, but it worked to the point where I can at least view the data in the files again without going through a bunch of Garbage the lazy tech was asking you to go through. Please let me know if that helps.