Fillable Forms text box is blue - can I make them white?

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Oct 25, 2016 Oct 25, 2016

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I've created a Fillable form using text boxes and it works well in the preview except that all of the text boxes are blue. I would like my users who are going to fill out the form to not see the blue text boxes; the text boxes should just look white/transparent (like nothing is there) until they put their cursor in the answer area.

Does anyone know how to edit/fix this? I'm not a proficient user of Adobe so I may be making newbie mistake!

Thanks.

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Adobe Employee , Oct 30, 2016 Oct 30, 2016
Hi Staceyleepd, Text boxes are blue it is not a form property, it just a highlighting feature of Acrobat/Reader to give a user an idea those are fillable. If you print the form they will turn out to be normal with white background. To check Launch Acrobat/Reader , click Edit>Preferences> Forms, Highlight color   "Fields highlight color." You can change the color and if you print the color doesn't have any impact. You can turn it off by un-checking the preferences  "Show border hover color for th...

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Adobe Employee ,
Oct 30, 2016 Oct 30, 2016

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Hi Staceyleepd,

Text boxes are blue it is not a form property, it just a highlighting feature of Acrobat/Reader to give a user an idea those are fillable.

If you print the form they will turn out to be normal with white background. To check Launch Acrobat/Reader , click Edit>Preferences> Forms, Highlight color   "Fields highlight color." You can change the color and if you print the color doesn't have any impact. You can turn it off by un-checking the preferences  "Show border hover color for the fields. "  

Hope that answers your questions. Let us know if you have further questions.

Regards,
Tariq Dar.

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 18, 2018 Sep 18, 2018

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Tariq,

You are asking us to ask all our users to go and change their settings.

Changing the settings on my machine won't make it look good on the OPs.

I just spent an hour with someone on Adobe chat and literally the suggestion they had for me was to delete the text fields.

You can't change it, they'll always be blue, they'll always look horrible, Adobe know this and aren't going to fix it.

I promise you. You can't do it so you can distribute it out to people.

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Sep 18, 2018 Sep 18, 2018

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You can easily do it. It's possible to embed a simple script in your file that will disable the fields highlighting in any computer it is opened on. The problem with doing that is that it will also apply for other files, which the user might not like, so it's a good idea of at least informing them (or better yet, ask for their permission) when doing it.

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 18, 2018 Sep 18, 2018

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This doesn't sound particularly desirable, especially if you are sending out files to clients.

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Sep 18, 2018 Sep 18, 2018

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So what would be the desirable outcome in your eyes, exactly? You don't like the color, but you don't want to disable it... You can check if that option is turned on and if so present the user with a notification that for an optimal viewing experience they should disable it.

And there's more than one option. The user can enable or disable it, and they can change the highlight color to something else, if they wished to.

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Sep 18, 2018 Sep 18, 2018

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It’s a personal choice. That‘s why it’s a preference. Tell your users how to change it and if they share your dislike they can choose their own colour.

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 18, 2018 Sep 18, 2018

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It's not a choice if there is only one option.

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LEGEND ,
Sep 18, 2018 Sep 18, 2018

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There are options to set the highlight and fill colors used as well as having the highlight fields on or off.

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New Here ,
Nov 12, 2019 Nov 12, 2019

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Its amazing i get exactly what youre sayign tand they dont. We want the option to create a form field without a blue highlight but has total functionbality. We want the decision on our end and if the user wants to see it they can choose that option.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 29, 2020 Oct 29, 2020

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How hard would it be for them to let us edit the highlight color of form fields!? Problem solved.

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Oct 29, 2020 Oct 29, 2020

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You can do it already, under Edit - Prefs. - Forms.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 29, 2020 Oct 29, 2020

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That would only change the color for ME. I want to create a document that gets sent to many other people and the blue clashes with the overall pdf color. There is no way for me to make it orange and stay that way when other people open the document.

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Oct 29, 2020 Oct 29, 2020

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It is possible to do it by embedding a script into your file that changes this setting, but I would strongly recommend against it, as it will also affect all other files the user opens.

The code to do it is this:

 

app.runtimeHighlightColor = color.red;

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New Here ,
Jan 13, 2021 Jan 13, 2021

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Hey, I've actually used this code but now I want to go back to it being the original blue. How can I do this? Thanks.

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Jan 14, 2021 Jan 14, 2021

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Go back to the same location under Preferences and change it back.

The original color used is the third from the right on the bottom row of the colors table.

Or you can do it by running this script from the JS Console:

 

app.runtimeHighlightColor = ["RGB",0.666656494140625,0.75,1];

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New Here ,
Jan 25, 2021 Jan 25, 2021

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I had this issue where I didn't want to permanently change the users setting. The below method worked great for me. It runs JS on page open and resets on page close. Only draw back is it has to be added to every page in the document, luckily mine was only a 1 page form.

 

https://colecandoo.com/2018/06/16/change-the-background-highlight-of-pdf-form-fields-in-a-document/

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 25, 2021 Jan 25, 2021

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This changes the preferences of the user.

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Jan 25, 2021 Jan 25, 2021

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It's much easier to run the code when the file is opened, and then again when it is closed.

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New Here ,
Jan 09, 2020 Jan 09, 2020

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Stacey,

 

You CAN change the color of the fields if you use a different TYPE of field.  The LIST field generates blue background as soon as you enter items in the list.  If you use the COMBO field instead, you will still be able to create list without blue background.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 24, 2021 Feb 24, 2021

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Another question relating to the blue box which appears behind editable text.

 

So from reading the above, I deduce that when I print out the PDF the blue boxes don't appear. However, if I'm not using the editable PDF for printing purposes, I am making text changes in the editable area and then want to send it on to a client for their final use, how do I save it with the new text I've entered showing and not the blue box?

 

In case that didn't make sense - 

I have for example a form which has the following text on it:

 

Dear

 

Blah blah blah blah

 

Many thanks

 

I have created an editable area next to Dear, and I just want to be able to input someone's name, save the pdf off and email it to them. How do I save it without the blue box behind that text??

 

Many thanks

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Feb 24, 2021 Feb 24, 2021

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