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How to unclick a radio button choice without choosing another radio button from the same group

Community Beginner ,
Jul 26, 2023 Jul 26, 2023

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When I create an InDesign document that is an interactive pdf, and I have radio buttons, how can I set up those radio buttons so that I can unclick an option without clicking any of the other options that are in that group? Chat GPT said I couldn't do this as of the info it has ending Sept 2021. It did mention a reset the entire form option which is not a good option. Does anyone in the community have a simple fix for this? Thank you

 

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Community Expert ,
Jul 26, 2023 Jul 26, 2023

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You need to ask program questions in the forum for the program you are using
To ask in the forum for your program please start at https://community.adobe.com/
Moving from Using the Community (which is about the forums) to the correct forum

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Jul 26, 2023 Jul 26, 2023

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Thanks for letting me know... this is my first time posting... I will do that in the future.

 

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Jul 26, 2023 Jul 26, 2023

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InDesign PDF forms uses a subset of features from Acrobat so they work the same way.

 

The short answer is there is not easy obvious way with radio buttons. You should close the document without saving then open the document again:

 

https://acrobatusers.com/forum/forms-acrobat/how-leave-radio-buttons-unchecked-default-opening-form/

 

 

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Jul 26, 2023 Jul 26, 2023

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That is the nature of radio buttons.

 

You could a.) make a reset button to only reset those two fields or b.) provide a neutral button, for example

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~Barb

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Jul 26, 2023 Jul 26, 2023

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Another approach: You could use check boxes instead of radio buttons.

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 26, 2023 Jul 26, 2023

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That's what I'm doing at this point. But that isn't ideal either as both boxes could be checked which causes a different set of headaches for this form. Thank you Steve!

 

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Jul 26, 2023 Jul 26, 2023

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Hello Barb,

Thank you for your answer. A is an interesting option for my situation. I thought you could only do a reset button for the entire form. It can be specific to two buttons?

Thank you,

Greg

 

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Jul 26, 2023 Jul 26, 2023

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Yes, @WebEI. When you create a Reset button you can select the specific fields to reset. The Submit button also lets you choose fields to submit.

 

However, InDesign only offers rudimentary forms field controls. You'll have to do this in Adobe Acrobat. When you select the action, choose Add and pick from the list of all the form fields in the file (I only have one). You can also use Edit later, if necessary. 

 

~Barb

 

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Wow! Super helpful Barb! Thank you so much!

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Always happy to help!

 

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