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Expandable Text Boxes

New Here ,
Sep 09, 2016 Sep 09, 2016

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Hello,

I am trying to create a PDF Form that has expandable text boxes.

I would like for users to be able to type in a text box that would expand as the user types and once they are done typing the text box would then revert back to its original size but if you would click on it again it would show all the text that was previously typed.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you.

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Community Expert , Sep 09, 2016 Sep 09, 2016

Not possible in an Acrobat form.

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Sep 09, 2016 Sep 09, 2016

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Not possible in an Acrobat form.

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New Here ,
Sep 09, 2016 Sep 09, 2016

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Is it possible in other Adobe products?

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Sep 09, 2016 Sep 09, 2016

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Yes. It's possible in Adobe LiveCycle Designer.

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New Here ,
Sep 09, 2016 Sep 09, 2016

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Ok I have LiveCycle as well. Do you know how to do this in LiveCycle? If not I will ask my question in that forum. Thanks!

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Sep 09, 2016 Sep 09, 2016

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You better ask in the relevant forum. I don't usually work with LCD.

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New Here ,
Oct 05, 2017 Oct 05, 2017

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I'm trying to do this too! I see that it's not possible in Acrobat. Were you able to get this to work in LiveCycle? I don't have that program, but we may need to invest in it if that's truly the only way to make this work. I'd love to know how this ended up for you.

Also, is it truly a PDF that others can open and type in even if they don't have LiveCycle?

Thanks!

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Oct 05, 2017 Oct 05, 2017

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Yes, but only if they use Adobe software (ie, Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader) and not on a mobile device.

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Oct 05, 2017 Oct 05, 2017

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Great! Thank you so much. I'll have to dig a little further into what, exactly, LiveCycle is to see if it's worth investing in. So far we just need our staff to complete 1 form like this per year. I can't really justify spending $300/year to be able to edit 1 form, once a year.

Thanks for your help!

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Oct 06, 2017 Oct 06, 2017

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Unless the expandable text boxes feature is a must-have for you I would recommend switching to an Acrobat form.

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New Here ,
Oct 06, 2017 Oct 06, 2017

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Thank you for the input. We really do need expandable text boxes if we're working in a PDF. It's for employees to set goals for the year and for them and their supervisors to write about their progress at the mid-year check-in and end of year review.

Now I'm wondering if a (free!) Google Form might work for our purposes. We'll see. Thanks again! This has been helpful info!

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 29, 2023 Aug 29, 2023

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Not sure what your using but..  If your in a .PDF, try searching "Add text comment" in the search box.  Toolbar comes up and it's this icon (see attached)

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