oh I am using adobe x reader the current version
The form field is restricted to 3650 characters. You cannot change this specification with Reader. You would need Acrobat to change the size to allow more characters. I don't think they would take kindly to changing their form even if you had Acrobat
so if I had acrobat would I be able to paste more than 3650? I have 5200 characters to paste, which is 971 words, yet the school says that 1000 words will fit
I just need to know if i have to start cutting things out and shrinking it to 3650 or if there is a way around it? thank you so much!
Whoever designed the form didn't do a very good job... They probably wanted to prevent the field text from overflowing (in which case it won't be visible when printed), but the information they provide is wrong. There's no way you could fit a thousand words into this form field since it will only take 3650 characters (and a space is a character), and the average English word is usually considered to be 5 letters long. So you can probably get around 600 words into this area (600 ~= 3650 / (5 letters + 1 space per word)).
Bottom line is this: either edit your text, or contact your school and ask them to adjust the form for you. If they set the font size to Automatic and remove the character limit, the problem will basically be solved (although the text will become smaller if you enter a very large amount of it).