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Participant ,
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Probably the silliest question....How do you clear a form in Acrobat DC. I spent an hour looking. I do not want to use a reset button.

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Most Valuable Participant , Nov 06, 2018
try67 Most Valuable Participant , Nov 06, 2018
You can now add a "Clear Form" command to Reader using this (free) tool I've developed, and not be dependent on the form author to do it for you: Custom-made Adobe Scripts: Reader -- Clear Form (FREE)

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Adobe Community Professional , Aug 30, 2018
George_Johnson Adobe Community Professional , Aug 30, 2018
I'd say it's a failure of the form designer/creator, not Reader.

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Participant ,
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Sorry, was not clear. Reset form in Adobe DC READER

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Reader cannot add form field buttons and easily provide access to the JavaScript console. With Reader you can change Reader's Preferences to open the JavaScript console on an error condition. If you know how to add a JavaScript file to either the appliction's or the user's JavaScript folder you  can add a script to add menu item to open the JavaScript console.

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I do not want a button to reset.

In READER DC, is there a menu item that will clear the form?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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No. You could add one with by installing a special script file.

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Are you telling me that if a user fills out a form in reader DC and makes a wrong radio button selection that they have to start a new form?

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example, a section in the pdf for certain people,,,,someone accidentally selected a radio button in that section, they should not have...so how can that radio button be reset to no choice being made

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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You could add a button to clear that specific form field. If you do not absolutely need a Radio Button, change the Radio Buttons to Check Boxes with the "Circle" Button Style. Check Box form fields can be cleared by clicking on the selected item.

The Acrobat JavaScript "resetForm()" object can clear the entire form or specified fields. The specified fields are passed to the "resetFrom" method as an array;

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Participant ,
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Ok, so I ma not removing the radio button.

So please confirm there is no built in way to clear a form in Acrobat reader dc. That is what I want to know. So it becomes another failure of the application for not having that. Am I wrong?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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There is no provided option in Reader.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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I'd say it's a failure of the form designer/creator, not Reader.

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Most Valuable Participant ,
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I disagree. This should be a built-in option, as it's a very basic feature, and it was available in previous versions.

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Participant ,
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yes it is in acrobat xi reader, not acrobat 2017/DC. Another adobe failure. Unless someone can prove me wrong...

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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If you think it is a bug or should be added as an improvement, then submit a Feature Request/Bug Report.

It is not that hard to add a button to reset a form. It is far more complex to have a generalized feature to have a list of field names, which might not match the user's expectation, and select one or more fields to clear.

There is also the issue of how to make this feature work for all the other PDF reader applications written by other vendors.

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Participant ,
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it is in adobe xi.....so......

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Most Valuable Participant ,
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The Clear Form button doesn't need to show any list of field names. It needs to reset all the fields in the file (maybe after prompting the user to make sure they want to do so). This is a super basic feature that should have never been removed from Reader. In fact, it probably breaks the usability of a lot of form developers who relied on it and therefore didn't add a "Reset Form" button to their file because it was available.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Do you recall any specific versions of Reader that had a separate means to entirely reset a form? I know it's been available in Acrobat all along, but have always thought it was a good thing that it wasn't available in Reader. If it were possible, it could really mess up a lot of forms.

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I believe Adobe XI, I can double check when I get home....

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Most Valuable Participant ,
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I thought so too, but actually I can't find it there, either...

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Found it! Select the prepare form tool then click more in the side panel. There you will see the clear form option.

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Most Valuable Participant ,
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You can now add a "Clear Form" command to Reader using this (free) tool I've developed, and not be dependent on the form author to do it for you: Custom-made Adobe Scripts: Reader -- Clear Form (FREE)

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Found it! Select the prepare form tool then click more in the side panel. There you will see the clear form option.

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Thank you! This should be marked as the correct answer and not the condescending reply from George_Johnson.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Reply from George_Johnson is correct.

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