Opaque blue boxes covering text

New Here ,
Oct 28, 2020 Oct 28, 2020

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How do I get rid of the opaque blue boxes that are covering text in Acrobat Pro on mac? I've attatched an image to show the bizarre boxes in the middle of the page—that is what I need to get rid of. Thanks!

 

 

 

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LEGEND ,
Oct 29, 2020 Oct 29, 2020

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It's certainly odd, and I don't recall any similar reports. My first thought is that maybe it's actually, somehow, part of that specific PDF file. You could check this by opening the PDF in Apple Preview instead.  If it looks fine in Preview, then we do indeed need to look for a cause inside Acrobat. I wonder if Acrobat shows these as comments?

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New Here ,
Nov 01, 2020 Nov 01, 2020

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Thank you very much for your suggestion. It seems that they're also in preview, but white instead of blue. I guess this suggests that this is an issue with the PDF. The weird thing is, I've had this issue with a good number of PDFs. Thoughts?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 29, 2020 Oct 29, 2020

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They look like form fields. What happens when click them?

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New Here ,
Nov 01, 2020 Nov 01, 2020

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Thank you so much for helping. I can begin typing when I click on them. So maybe they are form fields(?) If so, what can I do about them?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 01, 2020 Nov 01, 2020

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Yes, that means they are text fields. There's nothing you can do about it in the free Reader.

If you have Acrobat then you can remove them, via Tools - Prepare Form.

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New Here ,
Nov 04, 2020 Nov 04, 2020

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Thank you so much. I have pro, but I can't seem to find "prepare form" under View > Tools. Am I just missing it somehow?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 04, 2020 Nov 04, 2020

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Yes, you're looking in the wrong place. It's under the Tools panel on the right, not under the View menu.

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Adobe Employee ,
Nov 04, 2020 Nov 04, 2020

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Hey Eleazer!

 

The Prepare Form feature is provided under the Tools tab in Acrobat or in the Tools pane at right. Check the screenshot below:

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To Prepare a form in Acrobat or make any changes to the form, please refer to the steps as suggested in the following help document: https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/creating-distributing-pdf-forms.html

 

Let us know if you need any help.

 

Thanks,

Meenakshi

 

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