Using Acrobat Forms Tools and Properties
Form Editing Mode doesn’t provide you with a Zoom tool in the Form Editing Mode
toolbar. To access the Zoom tool, press Ctrl/Ô+spacebar on your keyboard.
Click+drag a marquee in the area you want to increase the magnification.
3. Add a radio button field. The Yes/No responses can be either radio button or check box
fields. We’ll use radio buttons to easily create mutually exclusive fields. In Form Editing
Mode, click the Radio Button tool in the toolbar. Make certain the Keep tool selected in
the toolbar check box is not checked. Doing so won’t open the mini Properties window
where you can choose the Radio Group Name.
Click the loaded cursor in the first row where you want the radio button to appear. Don’t
worry about the size of the field for now. We’ll take care of sizing fields after adding all
the radio button fields.
4. Name the fields. In the mini Properties window, name the field. In our example, the first
two radio buttons are used for Yes/No responses for graduating high school. We named
our first radio button field highSchool. Type a field name, and press Enter.
When naming fields, you don’t have to press Enter. You can click a tool in the tool-
bar or click outside the field, and the name you last typed for the field name is
recorded for the field.
5. Add another radio button. Click the Radio Button tool again, and click below the first
field. By default, the second radio button is added to the same Radio Group Name. Type
No in the Button Value text box, as shown in Figure 8.3.
When creating a mutually exclusive set of radio buttons you can also click the Add
another button to group check box to add another radio button field.
6. Add an additional Radio Group Name. Click the Radio Button tool again, and click the
loaded cursor in position to add another field. In our example, the next row asks about
receiving a trade or business diploma. We typed a new name for the field and called it
businessDiploma. Then we added a second radio button to this group and set the Button
Value to No. By default, Acrobat adds the name of the last group you identified when the
last radio button was created.
7. Add all the fields needed for the form. In our example, we need two more groups of
radio buttons. We named the next two groups college and graduateSchool, as shown in
Figure 8.4. We changed the Button Value for the second radio button in each group to
No and left the default value Yes for the first button in each group.
8. Resize an anchor field. In our example, the radio button sizes are too large. We want to
reduce the size of each field. To do so, click the top radio button, press the Shift key, and
drag one of the corner handles inward to size the field down. We’ll use this field as an
anchor field and size the remaining radio buttons to the same size. If the field is not posi-
tioned carefully within the area where you want the field to appear, click with the Select
Object tool and drag it into position. This field will be used for alignment and positioning
of the remaining radio button fields.