In the most recent update, when in Prepare Forms, it is now possible to edit text.
I was wondering if there is a way to disable this feature. I often need to select a lot of form fields and the minute I click on text, the mode switch to Edit text which is not what I want. It's a hassle to have to click back on the arrow to continue editing the form.
I tried playing with the Pin but it does not seem to disable the Edit text feature even if I pin the arrow.
Any help would be appreciated.
In the latest update we have added the new feature of dynamic switching.
Dynamic switching means
So you don't need to click on arrow to move to form authoring mode. You can just click on any form field.
Still if you want, you can use the below registry details to disable this dynamic switching between text and form fields based on user click.
Please let us know if you still face issues even after setting the registry.
Registry details :
Can you tell us how to do that modification on Mac please?
Thanks you for this. Needed this for some time!
On my machine there is no FeatureState folder in the registry, here is a screenshot of what I see:
Here is the version of Adobe I currently have:
@caroules did you just create a FeatureState folder and nothing else?
I've created the FeatureState folder but nothing changed. I also tried adding a string value called ADC4275035_ClickEdit and setting it to 0 but that didn't work either.
Any help would be appreciated.
I didn't do it myself, it was my IT department, but I believe they added the string and put the value at zero, but someone from Adobe could better explain it. I think their tutorial could be more detailed... This is not an easy fix for people who are not familiar with editing registry.
Thanks @caroules. After some more head-scratching I read the documentation more thoroughly and found that the new entry needs to by a DWORD and not a string. After adding the new DWORD entry I was able to disable the dynamic switching.
In case anyone else runs into the same issue here are the steps to add the FeatureState folder and the new registry key (on Windows):
1. Open the Registry Editor (click Start, type in 'regedit' and the Registry Editor shortcut shows up).
2. In the editor navigate to the DC folder: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\DC
3. Right-click on the DC folder, click New > Key, and enter 'FeatureState' as the name of the new folder:
4. Open the FeatureState folder, right-click anywhere in the right side, click New > DWORD (32-bit) Value, and name the new registry 'ADC4275035_ClickEdit':
5. Your registry should now look like this:
Thank you so much for posting this!!! I have been searching for days to find a fix for this (apparently wasn't searching with the correct terms...) because I was having the exact same frustrations, and this did the trick! The screen shots and laymans terms really helped 😉
Can you learn more about how to do it on Mac OS?
At the below path add .plist named "com.adobe.Acrobat.FeatureState.plist" :-
In .plist, add key as "ADC4275035_ClickEdit" and value as 0
Gaurav, can you provide the full path on teh Mac. Is this the user or system Library path?
I have create the com.adobe.Acrobat.FeatureState.plist file with this in it. Restarted Acrobat app. But nothing changed.
It is system library path.
There is no Application Support/Adobe/Acrobat/DC/Preferences/ in the System/Library path.
This is where I placed the com.adobe.Acrobat.FeatureState.plist and it does not disable the dynamic edit mode.
Worked in most cases!
But not in all cases, unfortunately.. Strange.
UPD. maybe this is not the whole text of the file?
Adobe Acrobat DC and Reader DC official update (2019.021.20049) containing the fix for this issue is now available. This update will be automatically pushed to all existing installations of Acrobat and Reader. If you want, you may also manually trigger the update early by opening the application and going to Help > Check for Updates.
More information about this release is here: https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/release-note/release-notes-acrobat-reader.html
Please try it out and let us know your feedback!
Thanks for your patience and support!
(Acrobat Desktop Team)