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A radio button is permanently selected. How to save form, unselected?

New Here ,
May 11, 2016 May 11, 2016

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My Acrobat Pro DC form contains radio buttons. When I select them in preview, they stay selected, leaving me a form that will not allow users the option for selecting them. How to save the form with buttons unselected? Also, how do I de-select them, so that I may share the form?

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LEGEND ,
May 11, 2016 May 11, 2016

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Have you tried to clear the form before saving the form?

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New Here ,
May 12, 2016 May 12, 2016

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Thanks, how do I do this?

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LEGEND ,
May 12, 2016 May 12, 2016

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While in the "Prepare Forms" mode, under "More" is an option to clear the form.

You could create a custom tool to clear the form or any form.

You could add a button to the form.

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Participant ,
Dec 19, 2016 Dec 19, 2016

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I have a number of forms with Yes/No radio buttons. In reality, each group consists of three buttons (sometime boxes) and they are named Yes, No and blank.The blank button always remains a button (the shape doesn't matter) and I set the Properties as:

Border Color: White

Fill Color: White

Line Style: Solid

and I leave the General > Common Properties > Form Field: Visible. (But on a white paper "form," it will, of course, be invisible.)

All three are "in line" but only two show. If one of the Yes or No buttons is checked and I want both to be unchecked, I mouse over the location to the right of the last button in the group and when the universal hand pointer appears, I click, selecting the "invisible" button. The other (visible) button in the group is cleared.

There are a number of ways you can mark the location of the invisible choice, such as above a period (it doesn't matter the size of the invisible button).

Since button sets must belong to the same named group in order for alternate selection (I have as many as five groups with visible Yes/No options), it doesn't matter where you put the third or fourth or other "control" button for the group as long as on the same page

May not be the perfect answer, but it is the best workaround I can come up with. With a color background, substitute the color for white by using the RGB editor and add to Custom Colors.

No need to resort to scripts.

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Community Expert ,
Dec 19, 2016 Dec 19, 2016

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Or simply use check-boxes instead of radio-buttons...

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Participant ,
Dec 19, 2016 Dec 19, 2016

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Not satisfactory for certain forms. For example, an order submission with four credit card options. Or a version that leaves all options blank if someone changes their mind and wants to use a different payment method. "Click here" with a concealed button would clear whatever choice someone made and changed their mind. I proposed an option for the use of radio buttons, not the replacement of them.

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Community Expert ,
Dec 19, 2016 Dec 19, 2016

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Check-boxes will do that, if you give them the same name but unique export

values.

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Participant ,
Dec 19, 2016 Dec 19, 2016

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Sure you're not related to our boy Munki? Sure post like him. There are a number of threads on this subject I have discovered, and the most reasonable solutions, without export gathering or scripting, seem to be pretty much what I suggested.

For Acrobat DC, you might find this short Adobe video of interest. Just make sure you catch the very end.

Use the Form Wizard | Adobe Acrobat DC tutorials

This accessibility post simply simplifies the issue.

Acrobat Pro DC Accessible Forms and Interactive Documents

This forum thread tosses some stuff around.

unchecking radio buttons in fillable PDF

I suggest you prepare a form, complete with your options and active use for download, posting it as the solution. Me? I'm leaving this up to you. I've only been doing stuff like this since early 1984 (back when Apple and Adobe and postscript all came together for the first laserwriter) and try, where and when possible, to find the simplest way to help someone who is looking for a simple answer and has very few tech skills with a particular program.

Seeya!

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Explorer ,
Jun 13, 2019 Jun 13, 2019

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I agree.

When the form is saved or refreshed it should be AUTOMATICALLY CLEARED.

Why we must manually clear it is nuts.

That way we can provide a clear, clean, blank, fillable form after testing it as good.

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Community Expert ,
Jun 13, 2019 Jun 13, 2019

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Absolutely not. Clearing a saved form by default is "nuts". If it worked like that form fields would be useless.

If you want to clear the form when the file is opened (or saved) you can do so using a script, but the users of your file are going to be pissed off, and rightfully so.

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Explorer ,
Jun 13, 2019 Jun 13, 2019

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Okay, while in "development mode" then. Allow the "creator" to easily and automatically clear the form.

I get that you don't want to lose user-filled data but let's make development a bit more intuitive on this issue.

Thanks.

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Community Expert ,
Jun 13, 2019 Jun 13, 2019

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This function is available at Prepare Form.

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It is there. In Prepare Form mode, look under Other Tasks (or More, depending on your version). It's called Clear Form.

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