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How do you make a text box background not print in Adobe acrobat Pro DC?

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Most Valuable Participant , Mar 25, 2021 Mar 25, 2021
You need to change it in the document's Will Print event, and then back in the Did Print event. Or you can create a hidden but printable field that copies its value, and set the editable field to visible, but doesn't print.

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Mar 25, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

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You need to change it in the document's Will Print event, and then back in the Did Print event.

Or you can create a hidden but printable field that copies its value, and set the editable field to visible, but doesn't print.

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Mar 25, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

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Ok - but the client wants the background to be highlighted as a coloured text box, but not printed on form, Is this possible?

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Mar 25, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

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Yes, using the methods I described above.

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Mar 26, 2021 Mar 26, 2021

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OK thanks for your help - but I can't find the "Will Print" option when I am creating this form.. can you send a snapshot of where it is? Thanks so much.

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Mar 26, 2021 Mar 26, 2021

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Tools - JavaScript - Set Document Actions - Document Will Print - Edit. Then enter the code and press OK. Repeat for the Document Did Print event:

 

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Mar 26, 2021 Mar 26, 2021

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Thanks - what is the code?

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Mar 26, 2021 Mar 26, 2021

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And also is there a way to specify the page set up for printing - a legal size page not letter?

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Mar 26, 2021 Mar 26, 2021

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To set a field's fill color to transparent:

this.getField("FieldName").fillColor = color.transparent;

To set it back to some other color you'll need to know the color to use... If it's white you can use this:

this.getField("FieldName").fillColor = color.white;

 

No, you can't specify the page size when the file is printed.

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New Here ,
Mar 26, 2021 Mar 26, 2021

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Thanks- I was wondering if you can refer me to any good explainer videos on this topic. I am filling the text box with a colour, but it still prints the coloured fill on the box. Maybe I need to fill the text box in a different way?

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Mar 26, 2021 Mar 26, 2021

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If you used the code I provided correctly that shouldn't happen.

Can you share the file with us?

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New Here ,
Mar 26, 2021 Mar 26, 2021

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Sure - here it is. Thanks!

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Mar 26, 2021 Mar 26, 2021

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Don't know why, but the download link is not working. Can you share it via something like Google Drive, instead?

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Mar 26, 2021 Mar 26, 2021

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You need to change "FieldName" to the actual name of the field you want to edit...

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Mar 26, 2021 Mar 26, 2021

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So for every separate field I have to apply the javascript?

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Mar 26, 2021 Mar 26, 2021

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Yes, although if you want to apply it to all fields that's possible too.

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Mar 26, 2021 Mar 26, 2021

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Or can you just list all the fields in one javascript 

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Mar 26, 2021 Mar 26, 2021

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It can be done in a single script.

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New Here ,
Mar 27, 2021 Mar 27, 2021

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Thanks so much for your help! I am doing a large number of these forms - can you copy the fields from one to another or is there a way to make templates of pages or sections in Adobe Acrobat?

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Mar 27, 2021 Mar 27, 2021

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Sure, you can copy fields from one file to another. Just go to Prepare Form mode (in both files) and then select them and press Ctrl+C, then Ctrl+V in the other file.

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