3 Replies Latest reply on Aug 21, 2013 7:01 PM by Genevieve Laroche

    How do I change the order of the fields in my pdf form?

    ScienceFunK

      I am using pdf. form I made in Acrobat and distributing with Adobe FormsCentral.  We use a table format for our teachers to fill out their field trip schedules and therefore use many different fields.

       

      How can I change the order of the fields (not for tabbing, we figured that out)...so that when we receive our notification email, I can see the inforamtion in a specific order (Date, Time, School, Program, etc).

      We would also like this same order to appear in the "View Responses" table.  I know you can drag and drop the order in the table but we have over 100 fields and that is going to take a really long time.

       

      Please help???

       

      DATE

      TIME

      To start/finish

      Name of Program  

      TEACHER’S

      NAME

      TEACHER’S EMAIL

      # OF

      STUDENTS

      Setup in

      Room #

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        • 1. Re: How do I change the order of the fields in my pdf form?
          Genevieve Laroche Adobe Employee

          Unfortunately, the PDF fields are added into FormsCentral in the order they appear in the PDF structure. I don't think it is trivial to change that order in the PDF. Maybe ask the Acrobat's forum (http://forums.adobe.com/community/acrobat or http://forums.adobe.com/community/acrobat/forms) if there is an easy way to order the fields in the PDF structure. If possible then you would then need to re-import the new PDF in FormsCentral once the structure order has been changed.

           

          As far as I know, there isn't much you can do beside moving the columns manually in the Response Table.

           

          Gen

          • 2. Re: How do I change the order of the fields in my pdf form?
            ScienceFunK Level 1

            What do you mean by the "order they appear in the pdf structure"?  What is the "Pdf structure"? 

             

            thank you for your help... this is really upsetting, as I thought we finally found a solution with Adobe Forms : (

            We really need the fields to report back in a specific order and wouldn't have time to rearrange over 100 fields with every form that is submitted. We receive about 10-20 different forms a day (same form layout, just some of the fields will have to be prefilled depending on school/teacher reservation... so we have to name each form a different name, for each school).

             

            Thank you again and maybe one day they will change that.  Is there anyway to set it up in the web verison of Adobe FormsCentral to look similar to the table we have created?

            DATE

            TIME

            To start/finish

            Name of Program  

            TEACHER’S

            NAME

            TEACHER’S EMAIL

            # OF

            STUDENTS

            Setup in

            Room #

            03-21-14

             

            Solids vs. Liquids

             

             

             

             

            03-21-14

             

            Solids vs. Liquids

             

             

             

             

            03-21-14

             

            Solids vs. Liquids

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            04-11-14

             

            Solids vs. Liquids

             

             

             

             

            04-11-14

             

            Solids vs. Liquids

             

             

             

             

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            • 3. Re: How do I change the order of the fields in my pdf form?
              Genevieve Laroche Adobe Employee

              The PDF structure is something internal to the PDF format. PDF viewers can read this format and display the PDF correctly. You don't really need to know about this and normally wouldn't care about this. I don't know how you can change the order of which the fields have been saved in the PDF. The Acrobat people would know better.

               

              Are you importing multiple similar forms in FormsCentral (multiple response tables) or do you have one form which is filled out and submitted by multiple people? If you only have one form then you only need to move the columns in the Response Table once and not for each response you received.

               

              Sorry FormsCentral doesn't support tables. You can put fields side by side but it wouldn't look like the image in this thread.

               

              Gen