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Jun 16, 2020

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I just filled out a four-page form. Meanwhile some things changed and I had to do some editing to what *I* had placed in the form. But Acrobat won't let me. I click on, say an address I entered, and instead of selecting that address all I get is a new type box sitting on top of the original entry. I have closed the doc, restarted Acrobat, even restarted my computer. I can no longer edit this doc, only add new to it.

 

I don't know what this means, but I *was* able to do such edits when I was first filling the doc in, then without warning, it stopped allowing edits; almost like there was a time limit to being able to changed anything. Once the time's up, no more edits allowed. Which doesn't make any sense but that's what it's like.

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The way to make a form for filling using Acrobat Pro is Prepare Form. You make this and save it. It can be filled over and over. It’s a lot more work than Fill & Sign. 

 

Of you sign sign a form you might lock it forever. If you may want to use it again be sure to keep an unsigned copy. 

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Editing my form

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I just filled out a four-page form. Meanwhile some things changed and I had to do some editing to what *I* had placed in the form. But Acrobat won't let me. I click on, say an address I entered, and instead of selecting that address all I get is a new type box sitting on top of the original entry. I have closed the doc, restarted Acrobat, even restarted my computer. I can no longer edit this doc, only add new to it.

 

I don't know what this means, but I *was* able to do such edits when I was first filling the doc in, then without warning, it stopped allowing edits; almost like there was a time limit to being able to changed anything. Once the time's up, no more edits allowed. Which doesn't make any sense but that's what it's like.

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The way to make a form for filling using Acrobat Pro is Prepare Form. You make this and save it. It can be filled over and over. It’s a lot more work than Fill & Sign. 

 

Of you sign sign a form you might lock it forever. If you may want to use it again be sure to keep an unsigned copy. 

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You're describing adding text using one of the Commenting tools, or maybe even Fill & Sign, not filling in form fields.

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I'm afraid I don't know what you mean by that. I am in Fill & Sign but I have been all along when I was filling in the form. The cursor is the same as when I initially filled in the form. Indeed, if I go to a line in the form where I hadn't entered anything I can add copy into it just as I had initially in other places in the form.

 

It sounds like you're saying I shouldn't be in the Fill & Sign tool but I know of no other tool with which to fill in a form. I'll attach a screenshot of the window heading (as much as I can without violating my own privacy) so you can see--sort of--what I'm working with:

 

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Jun 17, 2020

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The way to make a form for filling using Acrobat Pro is Prepare Form. You make this and save it. It can be filled over and over. It’s a lot more work than Fill & Sign. 

 

Of you sign sign a form you might lock it forever. If you may want to use it again be sure to keep an unsigned copy. 

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Jun 17, 2020

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I recommend you use the commenting tools, not Fill & Sign.

The best way is to add actual form fields to the file, though, and fill in those.

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Jun 17, 2020

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Boy...I dunno folks. Seems to me, you have a form, you want to fill it out, you use Fill and Sign.  

Well, anyway, after much consternation, tell me if I've finally figured this out: 

--I open the PDF form I want to fill out.

--I go to Prefs>Create>Create Form...

--All fields turn into blue boxes and I can add more text fields as needed, or edit existing, tho I can't do anyting with them yet. 

--Only until I Save (or Save As...), close the file, and then reopen it can I actually start filling in the form.

This is what is working for me, tho it all seems counterintuitive. However, I am indeed left with a fully fillable, fully editable form, which is all I wanted. So thank you for this.

 

However I am left with THIS problem: Font size/style. Nowhere do I find a place to change it within the form's interface. I've gone to Prefs>Content Editing>Font Options and made a change there but it isn't being applied to the form; even after saving, closing, and reopening. I remain stuck at a 6pt indeterminate serif. Not only that, page 1 of this form is the aforementioned 6pt serif, but pages 2-4 are a  massive 18pt sans. What up?

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Jun 17, 2020

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Ya know what? Never mind the question I tagged oon about font size. I realized I should prolly post a discrete query elsewhere. Thx for your help.

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