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This has to be done in Acrobat Pro. Here's a link to the form field properties Help file. Scroll down to the section on creating a "comb"":
Thanks for the reply Steve.
The issue I'm now facing is how to convert just this single field into a 'comb'.
All of the other interactive areas have come through from InDesign, and I'm left with the 16 squares to convert without affecting anything else.
OK, this is a little complicated.
First, you can keep your 16 squares if you must have the little boxes to indicate the comb. But they aren't necessary.
Draw a text form field in InDesign as part of your interactive PDF.
Export as PDF.
Open the PDF in Acrobat.
Choose Forms > Edit. Double click to open the properties of that text field.
In the Options area, turn OFF Allow Rich Text Formatting.
Then enter 16 as the number of characters for the comb.
The only reason to keep those little squares is that you won't get those little squares from the new comb text field.
Thanks Sandee. That's a great solution!
Thanks for taking the time to do the mini tutorial as well - very helpful.
This was very helpful. Thank you!
I am a long-time but moderately-skilled user of ID (started with Page Maker in the previous century) but have never used Acrobat. So, why doesn't Adobe add the "comb" text field type directly in ID instead of making me use two different apps?