Removing Dropdown Arrows in PDF Form

New Here ,
Oct 29, 2019 Oct 29, 2019

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Hi all,

 

I've created a fillable PDF form with a few drop-down menus. I need to use the dropdown menus, but not have the dropdown arrows show after I've selected an item because it makes the text too small to read OR cuts off too much information to be readable. I've seen mention of Javascripting to do this, but am not sure how to do it in Forms editor. 

 

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Oct 29, 2019 Oct 29, 2019

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Hi,

 

What operating system and Adobe Acrobat product are you using?

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I'm using Adobe Acrobat DC on a PC running Windows 10

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Oct 30, 2019 Oct 30, 2019

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You can't remove this arrow. What you can do is not use a drop-down field at all, but a button field with a script attached to it that displays a pop-up menu with the options, and then populate the selected option as the caption of the button or to a separate field (a text field, for example). All of this requires some scripting know-how, though.

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Oct 30, 2019 Oct 30, 2019

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Just a small clarification: The arrow of a drop-down field can be removed, if you set the field as read-only, but then the user won't be able to change their selection, which is probably not what you want...

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How would I go about doing that? 

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Oct 30, 2019 Oct 30, 2019

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If by "that" you mean the first thing I've described, the options are learn to write JavaScript for Acrobat code, or hire someone to do it for you.

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New Here ,
Oct 30, 2019 Oct 30, 2019

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Gah - we had a sheet that worked perfectly and was created in LifeCycle designer. But now that we had to create it in Adobe instead, we can't get it to work correctly. One small change to the sheets and now they're completely messed up. Ugh!

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Oct 30, 2019 Oct 30, 2019

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It's important to know that LCD and Acrobat forms are completely different things, even if they might look the same and are both PDF files. I would recommend using only Acrobat forms, as LCD is on it's way out, and is becoming more and more difficult to support, and less and less usable by the end-user.

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New Here ,
Jan 26, 2021 Jan 26, 2021

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When is Adobe going to fix this, and by fix I mean "Make it so it acts the way it has in every other version of Acrobat and Windows I've dealt with since XP". I mean, "You have to learn to script of hire someone to script this for you" is FAR less than optimal when apparenlty a long standing feature has turned into a bug. It would have been nice to know before upgrading computers to Windows 10, I would have held onto a Windows 7 machine JUST FOR PRINTING THIS DOCUMENT CORRECTLY because, clearly, that would have been less time consuming and far cheaper than the only solution offered up here.

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Jan 26, 2021 Jan 26, 2021

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What kind of fix does you mean?

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