I have been working on this problem for a solid week and I cannot figure it out. I need to have students write essay answers in their PDF form so the form's text field needs to be filled out by the student. The form needs to make the text box expand when the typing moves to the next line so the student can still see the full answer. I want this to push the questions in the text boxes below down as the student types.
Please let me know how I do this with InDesign and/or Acrobat XI. I have Adobe CC so if I need to use another program too, please let me know that too. Thank you so much for your help!!
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The only suggestion I have is to create a very large space for the essay field. Tell your students to click to type into the field. Also tell them they can enter as much text as they want.
They will have to use the scroll bars (scrollable text selected) to move up and down to see their essay. However, because you gave them a large area, they will be able to read much of what they've written.
Also, you'll have to go into Acrobat itself to do this, but change the default point size of the text to 9 or 10. The default is 12, which is much too big.
I don't think your students will have too much trouble with this large text area as when the scroll bars appear, they will be familiar with how they work and will work accordingly.
But I agree, it would be nice to have the text field automatically expand. Sadly I doubt the Acrobat team will create that feature.
Thank you so much for the reply! I have been using that and the text box works as the boundary for the form and it will not push down the other questions on the forms. This does put a scroll bar along the edge when the text exceeds the text box limit. It does not expand, which is what I was hoping for.
I very much appreciate your time in this reply!