I am trying to do a questionnaire in InDesign, with multiple choice questions. I want the user to be able to see if the answer they selected is correct or not once they clicked, and so I want to use the check sign and the X sign as such:
But when I export it to PDF the automatic checkbox is select instead:
What is the point of changing the appearance of a checkbox if is not going to be exported to PDF?
Is there any way that checkbox will not appear? I have been trying everything! a button wouldn't work because I need the appearance to stay. The radio button also does not work because there are several correct answers.
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You are posting two separate questions, both of which require troubleshooting. The most expedient option to solve both issues is to use one of the checkbox presets that comes with InDesign.
Those are buttons. I need it to be a checkbox.
When I use a checkbox then it gets overridden in Acrobat and that is what I want to change.
I am so sorry—it's early in my time zone.
Not only did I responded with radio buttons when you asked about checkboxes—the difference is that you can select multiple answers for a group of checkboxes and only one for radio buttons—you actually want the button to reveal the correct answer, which I completely overlooked. You can do that with two buttons per answer and with the show/hide fields action.
Can I put a button on top of the other? I guess my best option will be to have the red mark or green to appear at the end of the question with a show/hide field. It is so much easier to do this if I was exporting to Epub
This is the default behavior of checkbox appearance overridden in Acrobat/Reader by the checkbox style.
So there is no way around it?
I am not sure I understood your question correctly.
But I believe you are talking about the (annoying) "Highlight existing fields" Acrobat (reader/pro) feature.
You can turn it off in Acrobat, but be aware this is an application setting, not a document one. So, even if the PDF is displayed fine for you, this feature might be turned on in any other user application.
app.runtimeHighlight = false;
Click OK and you should be done.
No, not talking about that. I know I can turn that off.
I am talking about the appearance of the checkbox. Acrobat has a set look for the checkbox, that thick black check mark. Even if I change the appearance of the checkbox in InDesign to be i.e a red cross, once it is exported and I select the box it will come back to the black check mark.
Hmmmm, are you sure?
What you call "a set look for check boxes" is what you see when Highlight existing fields* is ON, don't you?
I am confused
* "Mettre les champs existants en surbrillance" in my French version
Thank you so much!
You were right. This has fixed the issue.
Again thank you!
sorry how was this problem fixed? Im having the same issue..
If you are in Acrobat DC, toggle this off under Preferences:Forms to show your form designs as you intended.
Thank you. This is helpful.
Sure, not a full workaround, but gets me where I need to be. Much appreciated.
As an example, I am repurposing the radio buttons from my first answer since they most closely resemble yours. Both are now changed to buttons, and I removed the rollover and/or click states. I put one under the other to demonstrate, but you would need to put them on top of each other to get the desired effect, after you get them working.
The checkmark button is set to Hidden Until Triggered. It won't show initially in Acrobat.
The X icon has a show/hide action assigned to On Release or Tap to hide button 1 when it is clicked on, and show button 2. The visibility icons show that when you Release the mouse or Tap the screen, button 1 will hide and button 2 will show.
you are right. The main issue is not solved.
In a more narrow sense however the issue is solved. Provided Adobe Reader on desktop machines is used and it was communicated what turn on or off when viewing and using form fields.
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Not solved-no one should tell every user of their form to change their prefernces. I just downloaded latest Apr 2020 version of acrobat reader to check on this issue (default check mark overriding indesign choice) and it is still this way. Adobe needs to fix this otherwise what is the point of selecting another choice. They own both pieces of software (indesign and acrobat) they can get them to not undo each other.
Having the same Problem.
Still overwriting with custom checkbox. Found a post on this same problem in 2012. So 10 Years of updates. I don't expect a solution anymore.
Could be an awesome tool...