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Formfieldattributes
Thedifferenttypesofformfieldshavesomeattributesthesame,asoutlinedbelow,butbecausetheform
fieldsdiffergreatlyintheirdesignandintent,youhaveuniqueattributeassignmentsyoucanaddtoany
givenfieldtype.Forexample,whencreatingtextfields,youhaveoptionsfordataformatting,validation,
andcalculations.Whenusingbuttonfields,youhavemoreoptionsforaddingappearanceswhereicon
imagescanbeusedasbuttonfaces.Whenusingcomboandlistboxesyouhaveoptionsforaddingmenu
names.
General
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Name:Aseachfieldiscreated,NitroPro9automaticallynamesthefieldaccordingtofieldtypeand
order.Forexample,ifyouhavetwotextfieldsonapageandcreateathirdtextfield,thenit
defaultsthenametoText3(Textforthefieldtypeand3forthenextfieldofthesametype).Draw-
ingyourfirstbuttonfieldresultsinButton1forthefieldname
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Tooltip:TypetextintheTooltiptextboxandatooltipappearsbelowthecursorwhenauser
placesthemousecursorabovethefield
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FormField:Inmostcases,aformfieldwillbevisible.Youhavethreeadditionaloptions,Hidden,Vis-
iblebutdoesn'tprint,andHiddenbutprintable
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Rotation:Youcanchooserotationanglesin90-degreeincrements
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ReadOnly:AReadOnlyfieldisnoteditable.CheckingtheReadOnlycheckboxpreventsauser
fromeditingthefielddata
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Required:Checktheboxwhenafieldisrequiredforcompletionbeforesubmittingformdata
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Locked:Thischeckboxlocksafieldinplaceonthedocumentpageandpreventschangestothe
attributesettings.Ifyouneedtochangeattributes,firstuncheckthecheckboxthatislocked
Appearance
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FontName:Thetypefaceyouassigntoafieldappearsonlywhentextisaddedtoafield,likewhen
ausertypestextinatextfield.FontchangesdonotaffecttooltipsortextappearingintheForm
Propertiesdialogbox
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FontSize:Allfieldsexceptsignaturefieldsacceptfontsizechanges.ThedefaultsizeisAuto.When
youcreateafieldbox,NitroProautomaticallysizesthetexttofittheverticalsize.Fromadrop
downmenuyoucanselectfixed-pointsizesorenteravalueintheFontSizetextbox
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FontColor:Thesamecoloroptionsyouhaveforappearancescanbeappliedtofonts
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BorderColor:Therectangle(orcircle)bordercanbeassignednocolororacolorfromthepop-up
colorpalette.ClicktheMoreoptionandyoucanassignanycolorsupportedbyWindows
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LineThickness:Fromapop-upmenuselectThin,Medium,orThicktochangetherectangle(or
circle)borderstrokeweight
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LineStyle:Fromthepop-upmenuselectSolid,Dashed,Beveled,Inset,orUnderlined
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FillColor:Thecontentsoftherectangle(orcircle)canbefilledwithacolorusingthesamecolor
paletteoptionsasyouhavewhenaddingcolortolinewidths
Action
Youcanassignthesameactiontypesasyouhaveavailablewithbookmarksandlinks.Actionsattributes
offeryoutwoprimaryoptions—thetriggerandtheactiontype.
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SelectTrigger:TheTriggeristhemouseaction.Anactionisperformedonamousebehaviorfrom
thefollowingoptions:
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MouseUp:Thisisthedefaulttrigger.Whenthemousebuttonisreleased,theassigned
actionisperformed
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MouseDown:Whenthemousebuttonisdepressed,theassignedactionisperformed
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MouseEnter:Whenthecursorentersafield,theassignedactionisperformed
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MouseExit:Whenthecursorexitsafield,theassignedactionisperformed
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OnFocus:Whenausertabsintothefield,theassignedactionisperformed
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OnBlur:Whenausertabsoutofthefield,theassignedactionisperformed
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SelectAction:Allthesameactiontypesyouhaveavailablewithbookmarksandlinksareavailable
withformfields.ClicktheSelectActionoptionandchooseanactiontypefromthedropdown
menu
TheCurrentActionsboxexpandsasactionsareidentifiedtoaccommodateadescriptionoftheassigned
action(s).Usethisboxtoviewataglanceactionsassignedtoformfields.Theboxitselfisnoteditable,but
youcandouble-clickonitemstochangetheaction.Forexample,whenyouusetheOpenaweblink
action,doubleclickingontheweblinkreportedintheActionsboxopenstheOpenaweblinkdialogbox
whereaURListyped.YoucanedittheURLandthechangeisreflectedbackinthebox.BelowtheActions
boxarebuttonsthatofferyouoptionsformovingactionsupordowninthebox.
AnEditbuttonopensthedialogboxwhereanactionisassigned,andtheDeletebuttonisusedtodelete
aselectedactioninthebox.
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Createatextfield
ThemostcommonfieldtypeonPDFformsisthetextfield.Textfieldspermitrespondentstoaddalpha
textand/ornumericvalues.Youcanformattextfieldsinanumberofdifferentwaystoinsurefieldsare
completedproperly.Youcanaddcustomformatscripts,validatedata,assignactions,andperform
calculationsontextfields.
Toaddatextfield:
1. OpenthePDFinNitroPro9
2. OntheFormsribbontab,intheFieldsgroup,clickTextField
3. Onthepage,dragthepointerwhereyouwantthefieldtoappear
4. Double-clickonthefieldanddooneofthefollowing(dependingonyourpreferences):
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InthePropertiescontexttab,namethefieldandsetitsappearancesettings
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InthePropertiesdialog,namethefieldandsetitsappearancesettings
5. Doeitherofthefollowing:
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Ifyou'reusingthePropertiescontexttab,intheMoregroup,clickPropertiesandthen
Options
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Ifyou'reusingthePropertiesdialog,clicktheOptionstab
6. ClickAlignmentandselectfromdropdownmenuitemstextalignmentforleft,center,orright
7. AddtextintheDefaultValueboxifyouwanttexttoappearasadefaultforthefield.Something
likeazipcodeorcountrymightbeusedwheremostofyourrespondentsarelikelytocomefrom
theareayouaddforthedefaulttext
8. FortheUseFieldForoptions,selectoneofthefollowing:
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Standardinput:forafieldthatwillallowtheusertoenterplaintext
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Password:forafieldthatwillactasenentryfieldforapassword
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Fileseclection:forafieldthatwillacceptafileloadedfromtheuser'scomputer
9. CheckMulti-lineifyouwantthetexttoappearonmultiplelinesandcheckScrolllongtexttohave
thetextscrollinabox
10. ClickLimitofcharactersandenterthenumberofcharactersyouwanttolimitaresponseto.
Somethinglikeazipcodewouldworkhere
11. CheckCombofCharacterstocreateacombfield.(Note:Youmustturnoffallothercheckboxesto
usethisfeature.)Combfieldsaredesignedforcharacterstobeaddedinindividualboxes.Thenum-
berofboxesaredefinedinthetextboxthatappearsafteryouchecktheCombofCharactersbox
12. Format.Ifyouwantaformatotherthantext,suchasadateorcustomformat,thenchoosean
optionfromtheSelectformatcategorydropdownmenu
13. Validate.Ifyouwantthefielddatatobevalidated,youneedtoknowJavaScript.CheckUsecus-
tomvalidationscriptandtypetheJavaScriptcodetovalidatethefielddata
14. Calculate.Ifthefieldistobecalculated,checkanoptionforcalculatingdata
Toeditatextfield:
1. OpenthePDFinNitroPro
2. OntheFormribbontab,intheFieldsgroup,doeitherofthefollowing:
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Clickthefieldtypethatcorrespondstothefieldyouwanttoedit
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ClickEditAllFields
3. Double-clickthefieldtobegineditingitsattributes
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Createacheckboxfield
Inalmostallcasesyoushoulduseuniquefieldnameswhencreatingformfields.Ifyouusethesamename
forafield,likeatextfield,datatypedinthefieldboxisreplicatedforallfieldswiththesamename.The
exceptiontotheruleiswhencreatingcheckboxandradiobuttonfields.Ifyouwantonecheckboxor
radiobuttoninagrouptobeuncheckedasanothercheckboxorradiobuttonischecked,youusethe
samefieldname.Boththesefieldtypeshaveanoptionforaddinganexportvalue.Whenyoucreatefields
withthesamename,youusedifferentexportvaluestodistinguishonechoicefromanother.
Toaddacheckboxfield:
1. OpenthePDFinNitroPro9
2. OntheFormsribbontab,intheFieldsgroup,clickCheckBox
3. Onthepage,dragthepointerwhereyouwantthefieldtoappear
4. Double-clickonthefieldanddooneofthefollowing(dependingonyourpreferences):
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InthePropertiescontexttab,namethefieldandsetitsappearancesettings
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InthePropertiesdialog,namethefieldandsetitsappearancesettings
5. Doeitherofthefollowing:
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Ifyou'reusingthePropertiescontexttab,intheMoregroup,clickPropertiesandthen
Options
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Ifyou'reusingthePropertiesdialog,clicktheOptionstab
6. SelectOptions.ChooseastyleforthecheckboxappearancefromtheCheckBoxStylelist.Clickin
ExportValuefieldandaddavalue.IfyouhavetwofieldsthatyouwanttouseasYesandNo
responses,usethesamenameforthetwofieldsandaddanexportvalueofYesinonefieldandNo
intheotherfield
Toeditacheckboxformfield:
1. OpenthePDFinNitroPro9
2. OntheFormsribbontab,intheFieldsgroup,doeitherofthefollowing:
1. Clickthefieldtypethatcorrespondstothefieldyouwanttoedit
2. ClickEditAllFields
3. Double-clickthefieldtobegineditingitsattributes
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Createaradiobuttonfield
Radiobuttonscanbeassignedthesameattributesascheckboxfields.Youuseradiobuttonsmoreoften
foreither/orresponses.Whenyoucreatecheckboxesyoucanuncheckacheckboxbyclickingonit.The
onlywaytouncheckaradiobuttonistoclearaformorcheckanotherbuttonthatturnsoffcompanion
radiobuttoncheckmarks.
Toaddaradiobuttonfield:
1. OpenthePDFinNitroPro9
2. OntheFormsribbontab,intheFieldsgroup,clickRadioButton
3. Onthepage,dragthepointerwhereyouwantthefieldtoappear
4. Double-clickonthefieldanddooneofthefollowing(dependingonyourpreferences):
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InthePropertiescontexttab,namethefieldandsetitsappearancesettings
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InthePropertiesdialog,namethefieldandsetitsappearancesettings
5. Doeitherofthefollowing:
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Ifyou'reusingthePropertiescontexttab,intheMoregroup,clickPropertiesandthen
Options
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Ifyou'reusingthePropertiesdialog,clicktheOptionstab
6. SelectOptions.ChooseastylefortheradiobuttonappearancefromtheRadioButtonStyledrop
downmenu.ClicktheExportValuefieldandaddavalue.Ifyouwantallradiobuttonschecked
whenonebuttonisselected,checktheboxforthesamenameandvaluesareselectedinunison
NOTE:Tocreateasetofradiobuttonsthatareallawareofeachother'sstate,theymustallbesetwith
thesamename.
Toeditaradiobuttonformfield:
1. OpenthePDFinNitroPro9
2. OntheFormribbontab,intheFieldsgroup,doeitherofthefollowing:
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Clickthefieldtypethatcorrespondstothefieldyouwanttoedit
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ClickEditAllFields
3. Double-clickthefieldtobegineditingitsattributes
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Createacomboboxfield
ComboBoxesprovideusersadropdownmenu,andonlyasingleresponsecanbeselectedfromthis
menu.YoucanaddmenuitemsforcomboboxesviatheOptionscategoryinthefield'sProperties.
Toaddacomboboxfield:
1. OpenthePDFinNitroPro9
2. OntheFormsribbontab,intheFieldsgroup,clickComboBox
3. Onthepage,dragthepointerwhereyouwantthefieldtoappear.
4. Double-clickonthefieldanddooneofthefollowing(dependingonyourpreferences):
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InthePropertiescontexttab,namethefieldandsetitsappearancesettings
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InthePropertiesdialog,namethefieldandsetitsappearancesettings
5. Doeitherofthefollowing:
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Ifyou'reusingthePropertiescontexttab,intheMoregroup,clickPropertiesandthen
Options
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Ifyou'reusingthePropertiesdialog,clicktheOptionstab
6. SelectOptions.ClickintheItemfieldandenteranameinthetextbox.ClicktheAddbuttontoadd
thetexttotheItemslist.TypeanexportvalueintheExportValuetextbox.Continueaddingitems
followingthesamesteps
7. ClicktheSortItemscheckboxifyouwantthelistsortedinalphabeticalorder.Selectitemsinthe
listandclicktheDown/Upbuttonstorearrangetheitemsinthelistmanually.Selectanitemand
clickDeletetoremoveitfromthelist
8. Ifyouwantausertotypeaniteminsteadofchoosingfromthelist,clicktheAllowcustomtext
inputcheckbox
9. Format.Ifyouwantaformatotherthantext,suchasadateorcustomformat,choseanoption
fromtheSelectformatcategorydropdownmenu
10. Validation.Ifyouwantthefielddatatobevalidated,youneedtoknowJavaScript.CheckRuncus-
tomvalidationscriptandtypetheJavaScriptcodetovalidatethefielddata
11. Calculate.Ifthefieldistobecalculated,checkanoptionforcalculatingdata
Toeditacomboboxformfield:
1. OpenthePDFinNitroPro9
2. OntheFormribbontab,intheFieldsgroup,doeitherofthefollowing:
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Clickthefieldtypethatcorrespondstothefieldyouwanttoedit
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ClickEditAllFields
3. Double-clickthefieldtobegineditingitsattributes
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Createalistboxfield
ListBoxesprovideusersscrollablemenus.Youcandefineattributesforlistboxestoacceptonlyasingle
responseormultipleresponses.Addingitemstothemenulistareperformedsimilarlytodefining
responsesincomboboxes.
Tip:Youcaneditgeneral-andappearance-relatedattributesviathePropertiescontexttaborthe
Propertiesdialog,dependingonyourpreferences.(Seemoreaboutformspreferences.)
Toaddalistboxfield:
1. OpenthePDFinNitroPro9
2. OntheFormsribbontab,intheFieldsgroup,clickListBox
3. Onthepage,dragthepointerwhereyouwantthefieldtoappear
4. Double-clickonthefieldanddooneofthefollowing(dependingonyourpreferences):
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InthePropertiescontexttab,namethefieldandsetitsappearancesettings
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InthePropertiesdialog,namethefieldandsetitsappearancesettings
5. Doeitherofthefollowing:
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Ifyou'reusingthePropertiescontexttab,intheMoregroup,clickPropertiesandthen
Options
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Ifyou'reusingthePropertiesdialog,clicktheOptionstab
6. SelectOptions.ClickItemandtypeanameinthetextbox.ClicktheAdditemtoaddthetexttothe
ItemsList.TypeanexportvalueintheExportValuetextbox.Continueaddingitemsfollowingthe
samesteps
7. ClickSortitemsifyouwantthelistsortedinalphabeticalorder.Selectitemsinthelistandclickthe
Down/Upbuttonstorearrangetheitemsinthelistmanually.SelectanitemandclickDeleteto
removeitfromthelist
8. Ifyouwantausertoselectmultipleitemsfortheresponse,checkMultipleSelection
Toeditalistboxformfield:
1. OpenthePDFinNitroPro9
2. OntheFormsribbontab,intheFieldsgroup,doeitherofthefollowing:
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Clickthefieldtypethatcorrespondstothefieldyouwanttoedit
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ClickEditAllFields
3. Double-clickthefieldtobegineditingitsattributes
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Createabuttonfield
Ofallthefieldtypes,buttonfieldshavethebroadestuse.YoucanaddbuttonsonPDFformstoperforma
varietyofactionsassociatedwithfillingoutaformoryoucanusebuttonsonPDFdocumentsnot
intendedforformuse.ButtonscanbeusedforitemsinanyPDFsuchasnavigationaltoolsinaPDF
design,hyperlinksforavarietyofdifferentactions,andjustaboutanyotherconditionthatsparksyour
imagination.
Toaddabuttonfield:
1. OpenthePDFinNitroPro9
2. OntheFormsribbontab,intheFieldsgroup,clickButton
3. Onthepage,dragthepointerwhereyouwantthefieldtoappear
4. Double-clickonthefieldanddooneofthefollowing(dependingonyourpreferences):
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InthePropertiescontexttab,namethefieldandsetitsappearancesettings
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InthePropertiesdialog,namethefieldandsetitsappearancesettings
5. Doeitherofthefollowing:
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Ifyou'reusingthePropertiescontexttab,intheMoregroup,clickPropertiesandthen
Options
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Ifyou'reusingthePropertiesdialog,clicktheOptionstab
6. Ifyouwanttouseaniconappearanceorhavetextappearinsidethebutton,choosetheappro-
priateoptionfromtheLayoutmenu
7. TheActionstabenablesyoutoselectthetrigger.BydefaulttheMouseUpbehaviorisassigned.In
mostcasesyou’llwanttoleavethetriggeractionasthedefault
8. Assignanaction.OpentheSelectActiondropdownmenuandchooseanactiontoassigntothe
button
Toeditapushbuttonformfield:
1. OpenthePDFinNitroPro9
2. OntheFormsribbontab,intheFieldsgroup,doeitherofthefollowing:
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Clickthefieldtypethatcorrespondstothefieldyouwanttoedit
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ClickEditAllFields
3. Double-clickthefieldtobegineditingitsattributes
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Createadigitalsignaturefield
Thesignaturefieldletsyouaddanemptydigitalsignatureformfieldtoadocument.Whenasignerclicks
onthefield,adialogopensandpromptsthemtocertifyordigitallysignthefilewiththeirdigitalID.
Tocreateanewdigitalsignatureformfield:
1. OntheFormstab,intheFieldsgroup,clickDigitalSignature
2. OnapageofthePDFdocument,clickanddragarectangletodefinethesizepositionofthe
signature
2. Dooneofthefollowing:
InthePropertiescontexttab,enteraNameforthefield,andspecifyotherproperties,such
asappearanceandactions
Right-clickthesignaturefield,andselectProperties.IntheSignaturePropertiesdialog,
enteraNameforthefield,andspecifyotherproperties,suchasappearanceandactions
Toeditadigitalsignatureformfield:
1. OpenthePDFfileinNitroPro9
2. OntheFormstab,intheFieldsgroup,dooneofthefollowing:
Clickthefieldtypethatcorrespondstothefieldyouwanttoedit
ClickEditAllFields
3. Clickonthesignaturefield,anddooneofthefollowing:
InthePropertiescontexttab,editpropertiesofthesignaturefield
Right-clickthesignaturefield,andselectProperties.IntheSignaturePropertiesdialog,edit
propertiesofthesignaturefield
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Createmultiplefields
Whencreatingmanyofthesametypeofformfield,thequickestandeasiestmethodistousetheMake
Copiestool.Justsetuptheformfieldwiththeappearanceandotherpropertiesyou'dlikeallthefieldsto
belikeandthenchosehowmanyrowsandcolumnsyouwant.
Tocreateabatchofsimilarfields:
1. OpenthePDFinNitroPro9
2. Createtheexactformfieldyou'dliketocopy
3. Selecttheformfield
4. OnthePropertiescontexttab,intheTasksgroup,clickMakeCopies
5. Choosethenumberofrowsandcolumnsoffieldsyou'dliketocreate
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