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Acrobat Forms - Copy & Paste Problem

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Jan 03, 2020

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I am encountering an issue with Adobe Acrobat Pro DC when creating forms. This has never happened to me before, but now I cannot get the program to fix this issue.

 

I have created a form and would like to use the same form fields on a similar document. Normally, I could just open the "Prepare Form" tool on both documents (in separate tabs), select the fields I want to use, COPY (CTRL+C), then switch tabs to the other document and Paste (CTRL+V). From there, I could move the fields into their correct positions. 

 

Today, however, after copying and pasting, I CANNOT move the fields. I cannot delete them. I cannot use the "Align", "Center", "Match Size", nor "Distribute" functions. This is extremely frustrating as I often reuse forms with similar fields to save time. I do not want to have to create each individual field every single time I duplicate a form. I have tried restarting the program and my computer and nothing has worked.

 

Thank you in advance.

 

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Adobe Acrobat Pro DC (most recent version)

Windows 10 Pro v.1903

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Correct answer by Barbara Ash | Adobe Community Professional

I'm not able to replicate this issue. It works fine on my computer. In Position properties for the form fields, is Locked turned on? Are you in Form Editing mode by clicking the Prepare Form icon?  What happens if instead of copy/pasting the form fields, you use Organize Pages and replace the underlying page with the new document -- are you then able to edit the form fields?

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Acrobat Forms - Copy & Paste Problem

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I am encountering an issue with Adobe Acrobat Pro DC when creating forms. This has never happened to me before, but now I cannot get the program to fix this issue.

 

I have created a form and would like to use the same form fields on a similar document. Normally, I could just open the "Prepare Form" tool on both documents (in separate tabs), select the fields I want to use, COPY (CTRL+C), then switch tabs to the other document and Paste (CTRL+V). From there, I could move the fields into their correct positions. 

 

Today, however, after copying and pasting, I CANNOT move the fields. I cannot delete them. I cannot use the "Align", "Center", "Match Size", nor "Distribute" functions. This is extremely frustrating as I often reuse forms with similar fields to save time. I do not want to have to create each individual field every single time I duplicate a form. I have tried restarting the program and my computer and nothing has worked.

 

Thank you in advance.

 

Program/Computer Details:

Adobe Acrobat Pro DC (most recent version)

Windows 10 Pro v.1903

Adobe Community Professional
Correct answer by Barbara Ash | Adobe Community Professional

I'm not able to replicate this issue. It works fine on my computer. In Position properties for the form fields, is Locked turned on? Are you in Form Editing mode by clicking the Prepare Form icon?  What happens if instead of copy/pasting the form fields, you use Organize Pages and replace the underlying page with the new document -- are you then able to edit the form fields?

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I'm not able to replicate this issue. It works fine on my computer. In Position properties for the form fields, is Locked turned on? Are you in Form Editing mode by clicking the Prepare Form icon?  What happens if instead of copy/pasting the form fields, you use Organize Pages and replace the underlying page with the new document -- are you then able to edit the form fields?

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I had no idea that my fields could get "Locked". That was the issue! Thank you.

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Hi, I'm having this issue and it's incredibly frustrating. My copy/paste simply doesn't work anymore for form fields, even though it worked hours ago. In both documents I have Prepare Form activated, but the form fields simply don't copy or paste, no matter if I use keyboard shortcuts, right-clicking the mouse, or using the Edit menu. Please help!

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Did you check if they are locked, as described above?

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I did check, and the fields are not locked.

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