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How can I create a dropdown list of all 12 months without having to type each month manually?

Jun 30, 2012 4:52 AM

Tags: #form #dropdown_list #years #months


We are creating a writeable/fillable Form PDF that asks for a person's birth month, birth date, and birth year.


We want to make filling the form as easy for our respondents as possible. For the blank that asks for the birth month, we would like to create a dropdown list of all 12 months.


We also would like to  make the creation of the form as easy as possible for us. Is it possible to avoid having to type all 12 months into the list?


What about for birth years from 1901 to 2000?

  • George Johnson
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    Jun 30, 2012 10:08 AM   in reply to adobochicken

    There are ways to populate a dropdown, but it's really not worth pursuing for such a short list. You could have populated the list manually in the time it took to post this question. Once you have one such field created, it can be resused elsewhere by copy/paste and giving it a different field name.


    Regarding the years, can you clarify what your question is? Do you want to use a dropdown for it as well?

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    Jun 30, 2012 11:44 AM   in reply to adobochicken

    You might want to use Advanced Acroform Toolset, but the user needs to be able to type the year into the year field and scroll to the month.

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    Jul 2, 2012 7:12 AM   in reply to adobochicken

    And you are aware of the possible options for listing the months and having an optional export value for each month.


    For listing the months, you can use a number, a 3 character string, or the full name.


    For the export value, the full name, the 3 character value, the 1-2 number, or the 0-11 JavaScript value.


    I would look at deciding how you want to populate the drop down box and build a one page form with just this field. You can then insert that page into a PDF and copy the field as needed and then delete the inserted page. Or you could create an FDF file to create the drop down box.

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