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How can I use fill color on Acrobat Pro DC?

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I am working with Edit PDF and Prepare PDF and I need a textbox to have a fill color.  I have searched through forums and the web as well as tested a few things within the program but I can't seem to get it to do what I want it to do.

Any help or advice would be great!  Thank you!

Ah. Ok. Is there text in that upper box? If not, then you can create a colored block with an annotation.

  1. Choose Comment from the sidebar.
  2. Click on the Drawing Tools menu and select Rectangle.
    Screen Shot 2017-03-01 at 09.00.55.png
  3. Draw a rectangle the size of the area you want to fill.
  4. Right-click on the rectangle you just drew and choose Properties.
  5. On the Appearance tab, set the Style to No Border and the Fill Color to your desired shade.
    Screen Shot 2017-03-01 at 09.02.00.png
  6. Click OK, and you'll have a colored block.

If there is text there that you want in front of the colored rectangle, then you will not be able to color behind it. Annotations appear above all text.

You might be able to import a graphic of a background color and arrange that behind the text, but that's a bit of work. (I'm afraid I don't have time to test that at the moment.)

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How can I use fill color on Acrobat Pro DC?

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I am working with Edit PDF and Prepare PDF and I need a textbox to have a fill color.  I have searched through forums and the web as well as tested a few things within the program but I can't seem to get it to do what I want it to do.

Any help or advice would be great!  Thank you!

Ah. Ok. Is there text in that upper box? If not, then you can create a colored block with an annotation.

  1. Choose Comment from the sidebar.
  2. Click on the Drawing Tools menu and select Rectangle.
    Screen Shot 2017-03-01 at 09.00.55.png
  3. Draw a rectangle the size of the area you want to fill.
  4. Right-click on the rectangle you just drew and choose Properties.
  5. On the Appearance tab, set the Style to No Border and the Fill Color to your desired shade.
    Screen Shot 2017-03-01 at 09.02.00.png
  6. Click OK, and you'll have a colored block.

If there is text there that you want in front of the colored rectangle, then you will not be able to color behind it. Annotations appear above all text.

You might be able to import a graphic of a background color and arrange that behind the text, but that's a bit of work. (I'm afraid I don't have time to test that at the moment.)

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Once you have the text field...

  1. Right-click on it and choose Properties.
  2. Switch to the Appearance tab.
  3. Click the swatch beside Fill Color and choose or mix your field fill color.
  4. Click Close.

Screen Shot 2017-03-01 at 07.56.42.png

I'm also moving your post to the Acrobat forum. It was posted to The Lounge.

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I only have that option for a fillable text field in "Prepare Form."

I need it to be on a text box in "Edit PDF."

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Not possible.

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cassiew3842847  wrote

I only have that option for a fillable text field in "Prepare Form."

I need it to be on a text box in "Edit PDF."

Why? Field properties can't be accessed from Edit PDF mode, only in form-editing mode. Do you not have access to the Prepare Form mode?

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If I understand correctly, they want to change the fill color of a static text "box", not a form field. And that's not possible.

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Here is a screenshot of the document I am working on.  The original document was created in InfoPath and is no longer available for edits.  It was converted to a PDF and I am working in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC.  I need the box where the top arrow is to be filled like the box where the bottom arrow is.  I have been trying in Prepare Form and Edit PDF but I have access to other tools if I need them.  I just need help figuring out how to do it or if it is possible.

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You can create a form text field and set it as read-only. Also possible with a form button.

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Ah. Ok. Is there text in that upper box? If not, then you can create a colored block with an annotation.

  1. Choose Comment from the sidebar.
  2. Click on the Drawing Tools menu and select Rectangle.
    Screen Shot 2017-03-01 at 09.00.55.png
  3. Draw a rectangle the size of the area you want to fill.
  4. Right-click on the rectangle you just drew and choose Properties.
  5. On the Appearance tab, set the Style to No Border and the Fill Color to your desired shade.
    Screen Shot 2017-03-01 at 09.02.00.png
  6. Click OK, and you'll have a colored block.

If there is text there that you want in front of the colored rectangle, then you will not be able to color behind it. Annotations appear above all text.

You might be able to import a graphic of a background color and arrange that behind the text, but that's a bit of work. (I'm afraid I don't have time to test that at the moment.)

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Thank you so much!!

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I am trying to click on my text box and I'm not receiving the option for Properties.  What am I doing wrong?

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Hi, 

this seems to be outdated. How can I do this with the latest version of Acrobat DC? Seems all the options are at different places now.

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Nope, they are all in the same location... What do you see when you open it?

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Be sure to use Acrobat Pro DC, not Acrobat Reader DC

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