How to turn off Highlight Existing Fields

Community Beginner ,
Jan 21, 2013 Jan 21, 2013

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Hi,

I am making a PDF with Radio Buttons, with an image background, and when I display the PDF in Acrobat Pro X it looks fine. I have switched off Highlight Existing Fields in the Form menu. But when I open the document on another computer, large grey boxes are shown around the Radio Buttons. Does Acrobat automatically switch on Highlight Existing Fields?

How can I export the PDF so that on other computers the grey boxes are not shown??

Thanks very much for your help!

Fabian

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Most Valuable Participant , Jan 21, 2013 Jan 21, 2013
This is a setting of the application, not of the document.You can switch it off by going to Edit - Prefs. - Forms, and tick off "Showborder hover color for fields".It is also possible to switch this setting off using a script, but I wouldadvise against doing that because this would affect not just your file butall the files opened on the user's computer. If you want to implement ityou should at least inform the user of the change and preferably get theirconfirmation to doing so.

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Jan 21, 2013 Jan 21, 2013

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This is a setting of the application, not of the document.

You can switch it off by going to Edit - Prefs. - Forms, and tick off "Show

border hover color for fields".

It is also possible to switch this setting off using a script, but I would

advise against doing that because this would affect not just your file but

all the files opened on the user's computer. If you want to implement it

you should at least inform the user of the change and preferably get their

confirmation to doing so.

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Jan 21, 2013 Jan 21, 2013

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Thanks for your reply!

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Jul 14, 2014 Jul 14, 2014

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In the above answer it said as below,

This is a setting of the application, not of the document.

You can switch it off by going to Edit - Prefs. - Forms, and tick off "Show

border hover color for fields".

I saved a copy of PDF, which is I developed via LC. In that saved copy I did as MENU -- EDIT -- PREFERENCES -- Disabled the chk box. Then, I opened the another form on browser, but, still button is turn ON by default

Pls. guide me where I have to do this setting, is it when I am developing my_form in LC or opening any PDF on my desktop & do setting on this PDF?

Pls. let me know where I hv to to do this seetings?

Thank you

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 01, 2017 Sep 01, 2017

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does anyone know where I can fins said javascript? ....

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Sep 01, 2017 Sep 01, 2017

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Right here:

app.runtimeHighlight = false;

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 01, 2017 Sep 01, 2017

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thanks man! where do I add this? I can't find an add java script for the whole forms jut for the individual boxes..... Do I have to add it to each field?

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Sep 01, 2017 Sep 01, 2017

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Insert it under Tools - JavaScript - Document JavaScripts. Create a new item (call it "scripts", for example) and then paste the code into the editor window, overwriting any pre-existing code that's there. Save the file and you're done.

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Sep 01, 2017 Sep 01, 2017

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you have done in 5 mins what adobe couldn't do for me in 2 hours of chat and phone. thanks!

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Sep 01, 2017 Sep 01, 2017

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That's both shocking and not at all surprising...

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Feb 22, 2021 Feb 22, 2021

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Has there been any update on this. For the life of me I cannot seem to get this working now in 2021. Is there a tutorial on how to add Document JavaScripts? I'ts greyed out when I open Javascript tool, and when going throught the Action Wizard I doesn't execute the command. Any advise would be so helpful thank you. I really wish Acrobat didn't have this hightlight fields as default, it's causing so much frustration right now..

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Feb 22, 2021 Feb 22, 2021

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Do you have Acrobat Pro? What do you see, exactly? Is the file otherwise editable?

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Sep 18, 2018 Sep 18, 2018

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Thank you for this. You absolute legend!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 22, 2021 Feb 22, 2021

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A few months ago in a topic of this forum a nice guy named try67 gave me this script to put in a button.

It allows the user to choose directly by clicking on the button, without having to go to Preferences.

 

I just added French support to the original script, which can be replaced by any other language.

 

if (app.language == "FRA") {
var item1 = "Surbrillance";
var item2 = "Oui";
var item3 = "Non";
}
else {
var item1 = "Highlight";
var item2 = "On";
var item3 = "Off";
}
var aMen = {cName: item1, oSubMenu: [{cName: item2, bMarked: app.runtimeHighlight}, {cName: item3, bMarked: !app.runtimeHighlight}]};
var cRtn = app.popUpMenuEx(aMen);
if(cRtn != null) {
if (cRtn == item2) {app.runtimeHighlight = true;}
else if (cRtn == item3) {app.runtimeHighlight = false;}
}

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