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Where do I hide the color in form fields in Acrobat DC?

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Where do I hide the blue color in form fields in Acrobat DC?

Hello Jeady,

George's JavaScript suggestion is a good answer.

You can also turn on form field highlighting via a menu item as you could via the button in the blue bar in Acrobat XI.

In Acrobat DC, do the following:

1. Open your form.

2. Select the Prepare Form tool.

3. In the right-hand pane Prepare Forms tools, click the dropdown for More.

4. On the More menu, select "Highlight Existing Fields" to toggle the setting.

The setting sticks until changed for all forms open in Acrobat.

Regards,

Charlene

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Where do I hide the color in form fields in Acrobat DC?

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Where do I hide the blue color in form fields in Acrobat DC?

Hello Jeady,

George's JavaScript suggestion is a good answer.

You can also turn on form field highlighting via a menu item as you could via the button in the blue bar in Acrobat XI.

In Acrobat DC, do the following:

1. Open your form.

2. Select the Prepare Form tool.

3. In the right-hand pane Prepare Forms tools, click the dropdown for More.

4. On the More menu, select "Highlight Existing Fields" to toggle the setting.

The setting sticks until changed for all forms open in Acrobat.

Regards,

Charlene

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They removed the purple/green document message bar, which provided the UI for toggling field highlighting. You can create a custom button or menu item that does the same thing by executing the following JavaScript:

// Toggle field highlighting

app.runtimeHighlight = !app.runtimeHighlight;

You can also run this from the JavaScript console (Ctrl+J)

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It's no longer available under Edit - Preferences - Forms?

On Wed, Apr 8, 2015 at 4:14 PM, George_Johnson <forums_noreply@adobe.com>

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There is not a way to toggle field highlighting in forms preferences, no. But there never has been.

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Sure there was... Here's how it looks like in XI:

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Feel free to ignore that. I've always assumed that the "Show border hover color" preference meant just what it says.

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Thank you George_Johnson​, this worked. Charlene's suggestion only disables it for the current user, so if say my client opened the pdf they would still see the purple highlights. Very helpful fix.

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Do you happen to have a script that will remove the fields when you save as a different file name?  The users want to be able to fill out all or some of the fields and then email the PDF.  They need to be able to see where the fields are when filling it out as some don't have any kind of marker but they don't want them to show when they send it.

Thanks,

Dave

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In the form field properties, where do you paste this script to get the blue highlight to disappear? 

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Thanks for you answers. Went for the Javascript you suggested George. Thanks a lot.

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Hello Jeady,

George's JavaScript suggestion is a good answer.

You can also turn on form field highlighting via a menu item as you could via the button in the blue bar in Acrobat XI.

In Acrobat DC, do the following:

1. Open your form.

2. Select the Prepare Form tool.

3. In the right-hand pane Prepare Forms tools, click the dropdown for More.

4. On the More menu, select "Highlight Existing Fields" to toggle the setting.

The setting sticks until changed for all forms open in Acrobat.

Regards,

Charlene

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Thats the trick! Thanks

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Many thanks Charlene. Great tip!

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The thing that I wanted was to not have the fields be anything other than white when the user went to print the form after filling it out.  The thing that I wanted was solved by using the "Preferences" screen for "Forms" and changing the "Highlight" color to "white".  I outline the fields with a black line so everyone realizes they are there, but I don't want the non-white background when the form is printed.

Thank you all for your very helpful answers.

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That preference doesn't affect the printed copy. Only what you see on the screen.

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The fields colors (usually blue) that show in a form are just to highlight on the screen what can be filled in.  They don't print unless you specifically color the fields in the properties window.

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