Common form fields

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May 04, 2021 May 04, 2021

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I've created a form in InDesign with some common text fields. For instance "name of Resident". When I open it in Acrobat, each one has a number after it. If I remove the numbers on the labels [in Acrobat] and save, the commonly named fields auto fill with the same information - no matter what app I fill it in with [Preview, Reader, etc.]

 

Is there any way to set up commonly named form fields from the start in InDesign [CS6]?

 

Thank you!

 

 

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Each field has to have a unique name otherwise the data will repeat.

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May 05, 2021 May 05, 2021

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Thanks Derek! Data repeating is exactly what I'm after. Its the control of that feature that I can't locate. In Acrobat, I can see the field names and edit them to match. How can I do that in InDesign? I can see the list of shared urls, but not the text fields.

 

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With a text field selected, see the field's name in the Name: field on the Buttons and Forms panel.

 

By default, when you create or copy/paste fields, InDesign automatically names them, adding that ordinal number you've encountered (avoids accidental duplicates), but you can enter or edit field names in the Name: field, and InDesign allows duplicates. Like-named fields will then auto-fill with the user's entry in the first one, as you desire.

 

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