Changing text field properties
Text fields can be set up to accept user input, to display text strings, and to allow multiple
lines of text. You can also set a wide variety of text field properties, such as limiting the
number of characters a user can type into the field, and displaying lines between each
character inside the text field.
Text fields with and without the Comb property A. Four text fields with a border color, using the
Comb property B. Text field without the Comb property
Note: Some property settings are dependent on others. For example, you cannot check the
spelling of a password field or a field used for file selection. These options appear
unavailable. You must deselect the check spelling option before you can select the
password or field used for file selection options.
To change text field properties:
1. In the Text Field Properties dialog box, click the Options tab, and then do any of the
Select the text field alignment from the Alignment menu. This sets the alignment of text
within the text box; it does not align the text box itself.
Type the default value text for the text field. You can leave the text box empty. You can
also use the General tab to make the text box Read Only. (See
Creating and editing form
Select Multi-line to allow for more than a single-line entry in the text field.
Select Scroll Long Text to compensate for text that extends beyond the boundaries of the
Select Allow Rich Text Formatting to allow users to apply styling information to the text,
such as bold or italic. This might be useful in certain text fields where such styling
information is important to the meaning of the text, such as an essay.
Select Limit Of Characters to set a limit to the number of characters that can be entered in
Note: If you entered a default value, that value is clipped to this limit.
Select Password to have the text field display all entered text as a series of asterisks.
Select Field Is Used for File Selection to allow a file path to be the field's value. The file is
submitted along with the form. (You must select Scroll Long Text, and deselect all other
options for this option to be available.)
Select Check Spelling to spell check the text entered by the user.
Select Comb Of Characters, and enter a value to create a text field that spreads characters
evenly across the width of the text field. If a border color is also used, border lines
separate each character within a single text field.
2. Click the Format tab, and choose a category type from the list. This specifies the type of
data (numeric, date, time, and so on) the user can enter. (For details, see
3. Click the Validate tab to run a custom validation script to establish that the text entered by
the user is valid. (For details, see
4. Click the Calculate tab, and select the desired options for performing mathematical
operations. (For details, see
5. Click Close.