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Unable to add fields to forms

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Apr 24, 2017

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Im using Adobe DC standard. All of a sudden im no longer able to add fields into forms that I have created ( Word 2016) All software is up to date. very confused

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Unable to add fields to forms

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Im using Adobe DC standard. All of a sudden im no longer able to add fields into forms that I have created ( Word 2016) All software is up to date. very confused

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What happens when you attempt to add fields?

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Once I have seleceted from the top bar any of the icons - text, check box, signature box to the drag it on the form the no entry sign appears. So im unable to add anything new to the form.

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Does this happen with all files, or just some? If only some, did you apply a security policy or digitally sign the file?

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This is on new docs created, and even older ones that I have done before I can no longer ammend. I haven't applied any security or to digitally sign it. thanks

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Strange... Try running a Repair Installation from the Help menu.

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Tried that. May try a reinstall

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My sense is that no user experience experts were involved in this release of Adobe Acrobat Pro DC. This has really poor usability. I'm a seasoned expert at using these products and building forms.

But the processes of creating a form and editing the form fields are so much less intuitive than they used to be!

Example: I'd expect to see Edit Form on the menu or File + Insert Form + Checkbox or something like that from a menu. Nope.

Finding the Form Field Icons

Instead, the Form field icons are displayed along the top in the Prepare Form mode. To get there is a crazy path. See below.

Editing a Form (going back to edit)

Watch out if you close the document! You'll think you can never edit again. It takes a while to figure out, especially compared to the old Acrobat version. Here's how.

  1. Choose Edit PDF
  2. THEN on the right, way down at the bottom on the right, you will find an icon with a Wrench and a Plus sign. That's the More Tools button. (Don't confuse it with Settings; that's similar but different. Don't look for Edit Form; it's not there anymore. Don't check under the Edit menu. Not there either.)
    more tools.png
  3. Now you'll see a page of tasks. You'll see Prepare Form, but not Edit Form. To edit, you must choose Prepare Form. (This is extremely counterintuitive because you are editing -- not creating or preparing.) But this is what finally gets you there.
  4. Now you will see the Form Field Icons shown below.

Using the Form Field Icons

Additionally, to use the form fields, or to insert,  you double-click to activate the checkbox for example and float it down to the spot on your page.

Form Fields.png

This is not Adobe caliber.

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I also have the problem that I cannot add any form fields to form that I created and saved. Floating down the icons doesn't work. I can create a text field, but it vanishes as soon as I release the mouse button.

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I'm having the same issue. Has this been solved? Forms I've already created and saved will not allow me to add new form fields (radio buttons, checkboxes, text fields, etc.) On new documents without form fields, I am able to use this function. Please help. 

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Again, what happens when you try to add new fields? Did you sign those old forms?

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