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This is likely a silly question, but I haven't found the answer.

I am trying to place a checkbox in my document using my mouse. When I move the mouse to move the box, the box's position jumps further to left, right, up or down much further than I am moving it. It seems like it's snapping to an invisible grid, but I have snap to grid turned off.

I have been able to place fields where I move the mouse with much more specificity in the past. Now I can't seem to place them where they need to go at all. Is this a setting I have missed?

Using Adobe Acrobat DC & just checked for updates. Am all up to date.

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Cannot place checkbox or other field in desired location with mouse or direction buttons

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This is likely a silly question, but I haven't found the answer.

I am trying to place a checkbox in my document using my mouse. When I move the mouse to move the box, the box's position jumps further to left, right, up or down much further than I am moving it. It seems like it's snapping to an invisible grid, but I have snap to grid turned off.

I have been able to place fields where I move the mouse with much more specificity in the past. Now I can't seem to place them where they need to go at all. Is this a setting I have missed?

Using Adobe Acrobat DC & just checked for updates. Am all up to date.

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You likely have the snap to grid feature enabled: View > Show/Hide > Rulers & Grids > Snap to Grid

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Thanks so much, George -- but that's not it. I don't have snap to grid enabled. And it's not snapping to the grid when I view the grid -- it's just jumping here and there.

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Strange, I can't explain that. You might want to try "Help > Repair Installation" after you first try closing Acrobat and trying again.

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Thank you so much. I hadn't tried the repair instalaltion -- thank you for that. I just did it and retried a couple more times, but still the jumpiness. It is almost as if there is a setting somewhere that's not allowing me to place it where I want, but instead forcing some kind of spacing -- maybe? I am looking for something along those lines, but not seeing. If you have any other suggestions, I would be more than game! Thank you so very much once again.

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Could you share your file so we can see whats going on?

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Thanks for your reply Asim! Here is a link to the file: https://www.americanpowerinc.com/content/Test%20Files/Return%20Package%20File%20Page%204.pdf 

 

At the bottom, I am removing the radio buttons and wish to replace with check boxes. However, the check boxes will not go where I tell them to. 

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Hi, I didn't have any issue replacing radio buttons with checkboxes it must be something in your settings.

Here is your file with checkboxes:

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=download&id=1cEbrqyUxYl0mE1GMf-0u9i_4a_xGBQt2 

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Oh my gosh! Thank you. This is great.

If anyone has ideas for where or what setting I should look for to change this, I would be all ears. I feel like I've look everywhere?

I do have other document changes to make that are causing simliar issues (moving something - and the element jumps or sticks in a funny spot).

 

Thank you again, Nesa!

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What's your OS version?

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Try, it's Windows 10 Pro, version 1909 ... 

 

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You can set the position in the properties of the fields.

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Thank you so much, Bernd! I was able to find this.

What I have trouble with now is, how do I pinpoint a location on a document and copy those coordinates? I know where the field needs to be placed visually to line up with the items I've moved within the document. But I don't know how to define the spot using left/right/top/bottom, etc. I may look at the fields documentation within Help again to see if there is something I may have missed.

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Another thing you can do in form editing mode is display the rulers (Ctrl+R) and then drag horizontal and vertical guides from them. Normally, when you drag a field and a border that's nearest the cursor comes close to a guide, it will gently snap to it. This also works when using the cursor keys to move a selected field. I don't know if this will work for you, but it's easy enough to try. Also, what happens when you move a field by selecting it and using the cursor keys to move it?

 

Does this behavior show up in any other programs that you use?

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It looks like this is resolved. I turned on "Snap to Grid" and then turned it off again, and now the fields will move seamlessly wherever I put them. I tried this action yesterday, and nothing. Not sure why turning on and off again worked this time but not before? Just glad it's working so I can finish this document!

 

Thanks everyone for all the help!

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