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Create form fields with the same name

Explorer ,
May 13, 2024 May 13, 2024

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Hi everyone, I want to create a PDF file with many text form fields so that when I fill one out in Acrobat Reader with a text, all the others fields will automatically filled out with the same text I've entered.

 

I know that there's a way to do that by giving the fields the same name but this is so time consuming because I have to click on each field and give each one the same name. When I duplicate a field in InDesign it gives the duplicated field a different name.

 

Is there a way around?

 

Thanks.

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Explorer , May 13, 2024 May 13, 2024

In case someone is having the same problem:

https://www.gilbertconsulting.com/blog/indesign-form-script-updates

 

My way around:

1. Add each field type in a separate layer in Indesgin. So I have layer 1 contaning the form fields typ A and the layer 2 containing the form fields typ B. And then finally layer 3 containg the other layout elements you need, eg non related to the forms.

 

2. Install the script above - see the web for how to.

 

3. Select layer 1 and lock all other layers. Press Crtl or Cmd + A

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Most likely through scripting - but I'm not a JS guy - only VBA and Windows - so you have to wait for someone else.

 

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I suspect there may be a script floating around but AFAIK, there's no way to do this natively.

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Thanks to the tip, found it on the web.

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In case someone is having the same problem:

https://www.gilbertconsulting.com/blog/indesign-form-script-updates

 

My way around:

1. Add each field type in a separate layer in Indesgin. So I have layer 1 contaning the form fields typ A and the layer 2 containing the form fields typ B. And then finally layer 3 containg the other layout elements you need, eg non related to the forms.

 

2. Install the script above - see the web for how to.

 

3. Select layer 1 and lock all other layers. Press Crtl or Cmd + A to select all the fields in layer 1.

 

4. While the fields are selected open the script panel in Indesign and use the script (double click).

 

5. That's it!

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