I just learned LiveCycle -- created a 20 page form -- then was asked to make expandable text fields.
I made the fields expandable thanks to this forum but in order to make the fields below push down and create a new page I have to put "Flowed" on the main subform and when I do that it scatters all my other fields on the page.
Some pages are not as bad but it makes for a ton of work.
Is there any trick to make the page flow without messing up the formatting on the page.
Also I'd like to attach my file but I can't seem to figure out how.
Thanks for this advise Kevin, I got a form working 'somewhat' from your explanation, but I am having one mild issue that is hopefully a quick fix. On my form, when the text fields expand, the form will append a blank page once the fields begin to get shoved off the initial page, but the text doens't actually print on that page. I dont mean literally on "a printed job". I mean the form will seem to shove the fields and text off page one into nothingness and I just end up with page 2, 3, 4, ect all blank, white sheets.
I can upload the form upon request for anyones evaluation if need be.
Can anyone explain something simple I might be missing for this function to not work completely?
Thanks again, great community and tons of support!!!
Yes! Your form is close to being correct. The issue is that the root subform "(untitled subform (page 1)" is set to positioned content, so even though the "TextFieldContainer" subform is set to Flowed content, the root subform is restricting the growth to one page. The simple fix will be to set the root subform to flowed content.
The above fix will mess up the layout since the positional layout that you designed with will not be enforced any more, but fortunately it won't affect this form much since the majority of the content is already set up as flowed in the second subform. You should only have to move the heading and logo up to the top of the page by moving them ahead of the TextFieldContainer subform. In flowed content the order of the fields in the hierarchy will be the order that they are layed out.
Also, if you want the heading and logo to repeat on each page, you might want to move them to the master page instead. Depends on what you want the form to do.
Hope this helps.
OK, that definately did it. I created my master page with a header and footer. Thanks soooo much for the help. 1 more quick question about the way this form is behaving though. My form is automatically appending a 2nd blank page even without anything flowing into it. I know that will be complained about "why does it waste paper and print a blank, blah blah blah".. I was curious if you could shed some light on why this might be?
Here is the freshly formatted document...
Thanks so much for the help, you have all been a godsend so far. RAISES FOR EVERYONE!! oh wait, I guess I can't call that shot.
I think it's a relic from when you converted the topmost subform from positioned to flowed. You don't need that subform any more. You need to do two things:
1. Delete the (untitled subform)(page 1) subform. Highlight it in the hierarchy, right-click and select "unwrap subform" from the menu.
2. You'll see that your remaining content moves up to overlay the header. This is because you were using a 1" margin at the top of the subform to space the content below the heading. This is not the best way to do this. The master page has a content area (the magenta dashed rectangle) that defines where each page's content will be layed out. The items on each page will get placed starting at the top of where the content area is defined, then layed out in order down the page according to the order in the hierarchy. When a page's content flows below the bottom of the content area, a new page is added and layout continues at the top of the next page, again at the location defined by the content area. To accomodate headers/footers, you adjust the placement of the content area on the master page so that it starts below the bottom of the header and ends above any footer that you might have.
In your case, click on the (untitled Content Area) on the hierarchy. The display should show the master page and the content area will be selected. Drag the top of the content area down so that it begins below the header. That will fix the overlay. If you want a larger bottom spacing on your document, you would drag the lower part of the content area up, creating a larger bottom margin.
Hope that explanation is clear. I will take that raise since you're offering...
This was the case, again, your knowledge is greatly appreciated. Also, thanks for the tip on the content area. I am now using that area the way it was intended to be used.
Thanks for all the assistance, you guys really know your stuff.
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