Adding form features in Acrobat is simple. Just pick the type of form feature —whether a single line of text, a scrolling window, a checkbox, etc. — and draw it to fit the area or spot desired. Then style it by selecting font, font size, and many other options.
Adding a Message or Instructions in an Acrobat Text Field
A nice feature to add to Acrobat forms is a message or instruction on what to put in the text field created. This not only helps the user know what should be entered in a form field, but it can also ensure that the form’s recipient gets the information he really wants.
For example, a phone number might be requested in a form but someone might not enter the area code, which could likely render the information useless. An instructional message could be placed in the form field that says “Enter Area Code with Phone Number.” When the user clicks on that field, the message disappears and allows the user to enter the phone number.
// If field is blank, display this text
if (!event.value) event.value = “Subject”;
Test the field by using Acrobat’s selection tool. The message will disappear and one’s own text can be entered.
Different Kinds of Messages
Here are some ideas for custom messages that could be used in an Acrobat form:
- Name: “First, Middle Initial, Last Name”
- ZIP: “Or Postal Code”
- Parent: “Or Legal Guardian”
- Previous Employer: “Name, Address, Phone (with Area Code)”
Acrobat’s form features are great for transforming any designed form into an interactive document that anyone can use with Adobe Reader. Using custom messages are a great tool to aid users in entering correct information, and making sure the recipient gets the content they need.