How do I remove a checkmark from a PDF in Reader 10.1.10?

New Here ,
Jun 25, 2014 Jun 25, 2014

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I've filled out a job application, all 3 pages, using Reader 10.1.10. It's complete with my signature and ready to send with one exception....I accidentally check a "yes" box that should needs to be unchecked. I cannot for the life of me get the x out of the box. I've watched 4 or 5 tutorials, googled my problem, read 50 forum entries, and can't find anything remotely able to help. I don't see a way to contact Adobe, I don't know anyone to call. Of course I just found out about the job last night and the application deadline is today, 6/25. I can't let this "yes" checkbox thing slide, as I'm a nurse, and it states I've had my license suspended/revoked, which is untrue. I'm desperate!!!

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Most Valuable Participant , Jun 25, 2014 Jun 25, 2014
That form has no fillable fields. So the question is, how did you check the box?

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Jun 25, 2014 Jun 25, 2014

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It could be a radio button instead of a checkbox which would use a different behavior. Once a radio button is selected, it cannot be deselected unless they have supplied a way to reset it.

Do you have a link to a blank form we can look at?

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Jun 25, 2014 Jun 25, 2014

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That form has no fillable fields. So the question is, how did you check the box?

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Jun 25, 2014 Jun 25, 2014

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If all else fails (which shouldn't be the case), just download a new copy of the file and re-fill it... But if you explain how you filled it in (because as mentioned, there are no form fields in it), then we could help you remove that tick from the box.

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Jun 25, 2014 Jun 25, 2014

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I opened the form in Adobe Reader 10.1.10. Then I clicked in the upper right on the "Sign" tab. After this, a pane opens in the window on the right, and I can choose "Add text", then put my cursor

on each line of the form and add text. I can then go back and edit the text usually, but in the case of that one box, I cannot delete the "x" in it. I can delete the x's in every other box.

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Jun 25, 2014 Jun 25, 2014

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Try this: Select the Hand tool from the top toolbar and move the mouse

above the X you added. A blue box should appear around it. When it does,

click inside of it and then you should be able to simply remove the X using

the back-space or delete key.

On Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 11:26 PM, abellewrn <forums_noreply@adobe.com>

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Jun 25, 2014 Jun 25, 2014

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That Hand tool was very hard to find. It's under the pulldown menu under "View", then "Hide/Display", then "Toolbar items", then "Select & Zoom", and then I finally found "Hand Tool".

When I created the blue box around the x, it would not delete using either back space or delete, nor could I replace it with a space or any other character.

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Jun 26, 2014 Jun 26, 2014

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Just start over.

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Jun 26, 2014 Jun 26, 2014

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One other thing. Are you planning on submitting this digitally or are you planning on printing it out and mailing it in? If the former, you may want to be sure they will accept it. This form is obviously meant to fill in by hand and print out.

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May 07, 2019 May 07, 2019

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I found a way to do this... 5 years down the line.  You can use the redaction tool.  Simply adjust the properties so that it redacts using the background colour of the document.  Then highlight the tick you wish to remove and mark it for redaction.  It will magically disappear!  Not sure if it works with just Reader though, I have full Acrobat (CC)

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May 07, 2019 May 07, 2019

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Reader doesn't have a redaction tool, though.

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Jun 01, 2019 Jun 01, 2019

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In Adobe DC, checkmarks can be added directly to the document using the Fill and Sign option. Once added using Fill and Sign, there appears to be no method for deleting them, which is very silly. However they can be masked so they are no longer visible when displaying or printing the document. I have used the following method successfully:

Open the Comments option

Select Drawing Tools

Select Rectangle

Insert a rectangle into the document

Right click on the rectangle and select Properties from the drop down options

Select white for border and white for fill

Position the rectangle over the checkmark and resize it so that it only obscures the checkmark itself.

Hope this helps.

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Jun 01, 2020 Jun 01, 2020

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Thanks a lot. It had worked for me and saved a lot of time.

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Mar 19, 2021 Mar 19, 2021

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you rock, thank you!! 

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