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Adding paragraph rules to a form /multiple lines

Nov 26, 2013 9:38 AM

Tags: #acrobat #field #forms #form #pdf_forms #pdf_fillable_forms #acrobat_forms

Hi, I am on a MacBook Pro using InDesign CS6.


I am creating a form in InDesign that I would eventually want to export to pdf to add the fields so that it can be filled out electronically.


I have 2-4 text fields on one line as shown in the image attached.

Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 12.28.56 PM.png

I want the first edge of the line to be right after the : colon. Ex. Name: ___________

rather than have the line underneath the whole field.


I am getting this:

Name:        Number:      Fax:      

but want this:



Is there a way to do this or do I have to create separate text boxes?


Thank you for looking..

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    Nov 26, 2013 10:31 AM   in reply to Stella1251

    There are several methods to accomplish it:

    1. Create a character style with underline. Apply it to a tab character or to several fixed width spaces. (Don't use normal space for that purpose). You can automate it with GREP.
    2. Draw a line, copy it into you clipboard, change to your text curser, click on the position in text, with the direct selection tool you can adjust the length. With Object > Anchored Object Options you can adjust them vertically, you can use also a Character Style to adjust it, an object style is recommended to make late global adjustments to stroke width and color.
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    Nov 26, 2013 10:47 AM   in reply to Stella1251

    Use the Tab Leader which is the easiest method.


    1. Open up the tabs panel (Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+T)
    2. Set your tab spacing as per your requirement
    3. Insert a "_" as the leader. This will create the underline in the tab space



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    Nov 26, 2013 11:22 AM   in reply to Rik Ramsay

    You can create the form fields in InDesign CS6 or CC which will be imported into Acrobat Pro for refinement. You can do this with the Buttons and Forms panel.


    It's not necessary to create rules which Acrobat Pro turns into form fields. You can design the form fields yourself which is more flexible.


    Here is a video which introduces you to how it is done:


    Creating PDF Forms with InDesign CS6 | CS6 & Creative Cloud ...


    Here is the CS6 Help file on creating forms:


    InDesign Help | Forms | CC, CS6 - Adobe

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