Setting Forms preferences
To control various aspects of your interaction with form fields, use the Forms preferences.
Note: These preferences aren't saved with a PDF form. The Forms preferences affect only
how Acrobat handles forms that you open.
To set Forms preferences:
1. Choose Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Acrobat > Preferences (Mac OS), and select
Forms on the left.
2. To set the General forms preferences, select any of the following:
To automatically perform all field calculations upon user entry, select Automatically
Calculate Field Values.
To display which form field currently has the focus, select Show Focus Rectangle.
To retain forms data in the Internet browser, select Keep Forms Data Temporarily
Available On Disk.
To display a plus sign (+) indicating when text fields exceed the bounds specified when
the fields were created, select Show Text Field Overflow Indicator.
To hide the forms document message bar by default whenever a PDF form is opened in
Adobe Reader, select that option.
To display the appearance of a form field when creating or editing forms, select Show
Field Preview When Creating Or Editing Form Fields.
3. To set the Highlight Color forms preferences, do any of the following:
To display a black outline around a form field when you place the pointer over that form
field, select Show Border Hover Color For Fields.
If you want to change the color that appears in the background of all form fields when you
select Highlight Fields in a PDF form's Document Message Bar, click the Fields Highlight
Color button to select a color.
To display a particular color border around form fields that the form creator has made
required, click the button next to Required Fields Highlight Color, and select a color. The
color appears in required form fields only after you attempt to submit the form.
For information on using the Auto-Complete preferences, see