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Button Functionality on Multiple Pages

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Feb 15, 2024 Feb 15, 2024

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Hello. I am creating some buttons for an interactive PDF. It is a questionnaire where I would like the user to click a checkmark for an answer choice. Then, when they check that checkbox, I would like to create another button on another page that will display with a result. So after they complete the questions on one page, the answers will display on the last page. I have created all of the elements, but when I go to the checkmark settings, they only allow me to show/hide buttons on that page. Is there a way to make the actions effect buttons on other pages? Thank you.

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Feb 15, 2024 Feb 15, 2024

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Hi @Kathy5FFA:

 

Adobe gave us the option to start a form in InDesign, which is great. but it's just a start. They have yet to come back to add additional forms features that are supported in Adobe Acrobat.

 

Yours is a great example: in InDesign, you're only offered fields on the same page for show/hide. But if you export to PDF and open the same document in Adobe Acrobat Pro, you'll be able to set the trigger to choose any field from any page.

 

~Barb

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Feb 16, 2024 Feb 16, 2024

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I'm going to throw cold water on this and tell you that the chance of this being successful is very close to zero. Beyond Acrobat/Reader on a desktop, buttons are not likely to work at all, and even in Acrobat, the more buttons you add the worse the performance.

 

You can go right ahead and take Barb's advice and try it in Acrobat but don't say you weren't warned.

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I use buttons all the time and they work fine for the forms I create. As long as you view the deliverable in Acrobat and not in a browser, they are all good. The only thing that doesn't seem to work are rollover effects so I don't use them. I actually found a workaround to this problem yesterday by creating two buttons with the same name on different pages. One shows on the second page and one is hidden (no fill or stroke) on the page with the button that activates it. When you click the one button, they both appear, but the hidden one just isn't seen on the page. It's clunky and a lot of grunt work with multiple quesitons, but it gets the job done. I've found that a lot of the problems with functionality stem from not setting up the buttons correctly in InDesign in the first place. As long as all ducks are in a row and the settings are correct, it's always been fine for me.

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