Text fields are placeholders for both
text and numbers. Text fields can be
assigned special formats such as date
fields, telephone numbers, social
security numbers, and more. When you
type text in fields assigned with
special formats, you need to enter data
that conforms to the format type. For
example, typing your name in a field is
not acceptable if the field is formatted
as a date field. When entering data in
text fields and all other field types,
use the Hand tool.
Check box fields.
Check boxes are designed for selecting
one or more items in a group. You can
check a check box by clicking it with
the Hand tool, and remove the checkmark
by clicking a checked box.
Combo boxes are like
pull-down menus. Click a down arrow to
open the menu, and select an item from
the list. You can make only a single
selection from combo box choices.
List box. List boxes are similar to
combo boxes but the box contains scroll
bars and has no pull-down menu. The
primary distinction between this field
type and combo boxes is that list boxes
can be used to make multiple choices
that option is up to the PDF author. TIP - To select multiple items in a list box,
press the Ctrl/Command key and click
each item you want to select. If you
can't select more than a single item in
a list box, then the PDF author designed
the field to accept only a single
Radio buttons can look much like check
boxes, and you may not see the
difference when using them on a form. A
radio button is typically (though not
always) shaped like a circle, which
differs from choices available for check
boxes. The main distinction between
radio buttons and check boxes is that
once you click a radio button, you can't
remove the check mark/bullet by clicking
on it again. Often Radio buttons are
used for either/or conditions or a
single choice from within a group.
You can use the following
keyboard shortcuts to navigate and edit
Press the Tab key to move from
one field to another. If the PDF author
set the proper tab order, the cursor
jumps to the next logical field when you
press the Tab key. If the cursor jumps
around the page when you press Tab, use
the Hand tool and click on fields you
want to edit.
Moves the cursor to the
Esc/Return/Enter. Ends text entry.
Up/down arrow keys. For combo boxes
and list boxes, press the up and down
arrow keys to move up and down the
lists. Press Tab after making a
Up arrow key in text fields. Moves
to the beginning of the text line.
Down arrow key in text fields. Moves
to the end of the line of text.
Select All. With the cursor inside a
Text field, press Ctrl/Command+A to
select all existing text. Press any key,
and the selected text is deleted and
replaced by the character you type.
Double-click. Double-click a word in
a text field to select it.
Triple-click. Triple-click inside a
text box and all text is selected. This
keyboard shortcut is the same as using