7 Replies Latest reply on Jul 17, 2017 2:44 PM by cma-2

    Hide form highlighting

    cma-2 Level 1

      I use Acrobat 8 Professional to create fillable forms. The finished product has the form fields highlighted when the pdf is viewed online.

      I do not want the form fields highlighted, but I can't figure out how to turn them off.

       

      An example can be found here: http://tournascore.com/katy/2017%20Championship%20Flight%20brackets.pdf

       

      http://tournascore.com/katy/2017%20Championship%20Flight%20brackets.pdf

       

      Can someone please tell me how to turn these highlights off? It looks terrible online.

       

      Thanks!

        • 1. Re: Hide form highlighting
          try67 MVP & Adobe Community Professional

          You can disable the fields highlighting by embedding this line of code in your file, as a doc-level script:

          app.runtimeHighlight = false;

           

          IMPORTANT! This setting affects not just your file, though, but all files opened on that computer, so it might be a good idea to notify users first, and maybe ask their permission, before making this change.

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          • 2. Re: Hide form highlighting
            cma-2 Level 1

            Where would I embed that in the file? But, due to your warning, I'm not so sure I want to do that. I am ok with controlling my file, but not others private files.

            • 3. Re: Hide form highlighting
              try67 MVP & Adobe Community Professional

              Under Tools - JavaScript - Document JavaScripts.

              You can do it like this:

               

              if (app.runtimeHighlight && app.alert("To best view this document it is recommended to switch off the form fields highlighting. However, this will affect the rest of the PDF files you open, not just this one. Would you like to do it anyway?",2,2)==4) app.runtimeHighlight = false;

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              • 4. Re: Hide form highlighting
                cma-2 Level 1

                Now that's a cool solution. But, I guess my version of Acrobat Pro (8) is too old. I do not have the JavaScript option under my Tools menu. I looked through all the other menu tabs and it isn't there. Is there another way to code it?

                • 5. Re: Hide form highlighting
                  try67 MVP & Adobe Community Professional

                  It's been a long time since I used that version... Maybe it's under Advanced, or something like that.

                  But you can also embed the script using the JS-Console, using this code:

                   

                  this.addScript("load", "if (app.runtimeHighlight && app.alert(\"To best view this document it is recommended to switch off the form fields highlighting. However, this will affect the rest of the PDF files you open, not just this one. Would you like to do it anyway?\",2,2)==4) app.runtimeHighlight = false;");

                  • 6. Re: Hide form highlighting
                    cma-2 Level 1

                    I'm trying to find these now. I think I might be getting close.

                    • 7. Re: Hide form highlighting
                      cma-2 Level 1

                      Thank you for trying to help.