10 Replies Latest reply on Jun 4, 2018 7:40 PM by kdfujhk21189262

    Prevent multiple text boxes from merging into one large text box

    jack2739 Level 1

      I want to edit text in a pdf document. The text fields were separate. After editing and saving, the multiple text fields have now merged into one large text box so that when I attempt to edit the text again, it affects the formatting of the other text. Is there a option to disable this "merge event" or to change the view that i can see again the two seperated text fields for editing?

        • 1. Re: Prevent multiple text boxes from merging into one large text box
          try67 MVP & Adobe Community Professional

          Are you using the Edit Text & Images tools? Because what you're describing are not text fields, but text "boxes".

          If that's the case the answer is no, you can't tell the application to merge or separate them.

          • 2. Re: Prevent multiple text boxes from merging into one large text box
            jack2739 Level 1

            Yes i use the Edit Text & Images tool from Acrobat Pro DC. I do not know the exact name of this text areas, but you could be right: text boxes for putting text in the document.

            At the moment the application automatic merge these areas to one at saving. Thats a big problem for me, because i want to format each text box individually and not let to merge them.

            • 3. Re: Prevent multiple text boxes from merging into one large text box
              try67 MVP & Adobe Community Professional

              PDF files were never meant to be edited in such a way... If you have the

              original file used to create the PDF you should edit it and then generate a

              new PDF file from it.

              That's a much better workflow.

              • 4. Re: Prevent multiple text boxes from merging into one large text box
                csantes Level 1

                I am using Acrobat XI.

                I have similar question but a bit different question.

                Is there a setting /program option that allows the user to turn ON /OFF that reshaping of the boxes? In my case after saving and reopen the file, the boxes are changed in a way that a sentence is now contained by multiple boxes. Amazingly, frequently they are broken into weird pieces: the left part of a paragraph and the middle or right part of the sentence are boxed separately of the left box. This makes IMPOSSIBLE to change a sentence, forcing my to rebuild the original sentence or mathematical formula by copy and paste in a single box. I HATE THAT WASTE OF MY TIME!!!! 

                • 5. Re: Prevent multiple text boxes from merging into one large text box
                  try67 MVP & Adobe Community Professional

                  No, it's not possible.

                   

                  The reason is that PDF files were never meant to be edited in such a way! Hence the great difficulties in doing it... It's simply not the way it's supposed to be done. You need to go back to the original file, edit it and then generate a new PDF file from it.

                  • 6. Re: Prevent multiple text boxes from merging into one large text box
                    edtif Level 1

                    I have the same problem. I have been arguing with Adobe staff for 3 months. They have tried multiple different ways to blame 3rd party softwares as causing the issue. I have tried Word (text) documents, excel documents, I have used Acrobat DC Pro to scan my document.

                    They said when scanning to do it at 600 DPI (doesn't work either). I have even made a word document which is nothing but a blank page. I then saved it as a text file and imported into adobe. I then went into Edit Tools and made a half dozen Add Text boxes. Once I hit the save button, the program, combines all of the boxes into one "master text box" (my name). If Adobe was not designed to use this way, then why do they provide that feature? You will not get them to admit this is a major program flaw. Can you imagine using Word or Publisher combining text boxes, where you can't made an adjustment or correction to the original text box without it affecting the rest of the text boxes? There tech support had even linked up with my pc and tried to make corrections, which they were not successful. Their solution, re-do the document from scratch. Once you try to re-do, the error just repeats itself in different areas of the document page. There is no consistency to when or how it causes these errors. Maybe someone who has a connection should have a major PC magazine do the same text and report on the results to the general public. All in all, a great program, but this one major flaw makes it a very tedious program.

                    • 7. Re: Prevent multiple text boxes from merging into one large text box
                      Test Screen Name Most Valuable Participant

                      There are no text boxes in a PDF at all. When you edit, Acrobat looks in the page and -at that moment - tries to guess where you might like boxes. Thus just affects what you select and nothing else. At the moment you finish editing the boxes don’t exist.

                       

                      Please understand that editing PDF is a DESPERATE LAST RESORT. If you find it a big part of your plans, find different plans. Adobe marketing do not understand this and talk it up like somehow Acrobat is a rival to Word! No it isn’t.

                      • 8. Re: Prevent multiple text boxes from merging into one large text box
                        try67 MVP & Adobe Community Professional

                        This feature is provided because there's a big demand for it by people who are in a similar situation to yours and were complaining they couldn't edit their PDF files at all. So Adobe added a simple "TouchUp Text Tool" and over the years improved its functionality to what it is now. But it will NEVER be the same as the editing functionalities of Word, simply because it's not the same thing, nor can it be.

                        Complaining about it is not going to change that. The real solution to your problem is to edit the original file and then create a new PDF.

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                        • 9. Re: Prevent multiple text boxes from merging into one large text box
                          chrish73197526 Level 1

                          If there is big demand, wouldn't it make sense to make something that actually works. It's a pretty basic feature. It's not rocket science. Adobe has the absolute worst customer service and has many other bugs like this that break the basic functionality of the program.

                           

                          The real solution to this problem is to move to a better service. I'd rather pay half the cost of Adobe Pro for a slightly inferior product than pay Adobe to put out garbage and then refuse to fix it.

                          • 10. Re: Prevent multiple text boxes from merging into one large text box
                            kdfujhk21189262 Level 1

                            Hi folks,
                            There is one bad workaround: select the box (click the boundary box outline) and copy and paste a copy of that box.

                             

                            Delete all text except for the text you want ungrouped from the rest.

                             

                            So for instance if you want five independent boxed paragraphs, paste five copies of the full box, and delete enough text in each so that each of the new boxes has a different paragraph.

                             

                             

                            If you save and close Adobe you may need to repeat this.

                             

                            I realise Acrobat is not designed for heavy editing but sheesh this seems like a trivial feature.