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PDFelement posted a blog entry in PDFelement BlogThe ability to build forms that are interactive and intuitive is highly beneficial for the end users. Have you ever built a form and wanted to tweak the way the answers will show up? For instance, you might want to set the font size, font color, and more. In today’s post, we’ll talk about how to set up your form so that the responses look nice and organized. To access the properties and edit them, either double click on the form field box while in editing mode, or simply right click. Below is a list of the properties that you are able to change. Appearance: Borders and colors The box surrounding the text can be colored if you’d like; this is completely up to you. If you decide to go with a border, you can select the thickness of the line and its style as well. Text: You can change the default size, color, and font of the responses. Options: Alignment: Left, Right, Centre Assign a default value This is useful if there is an answer that you think is common or a prompt that you want to give users. How the response displays in the text boxes: -Scroll long text: The text you input will continue on one line Multi-line: If you enter a long answer (eg. Paragraph), the text will break into multiple lines and fill the length of the box. However, you will not be able to scroll through the answer. If you have a lot of text, you can select both “Scroll long text” and “multi-line” so that you can scroll through the multiple lines that are hidden from view. Limit of x amount of characters Choose this option if you don’t want the answers to be too long; however, it will not be specified on the form. Actions You can refer back to an old blog post we wrote on the topic of mouse triggers to learn more. Format If applicable, you can set it so that the values that the user enters are numbers, percentages, dates, or times. There is also an option to select special formats: Zip Code, Phone Number, Social Security Number, and Arbitrary Mask. It’s important to note that you can’t select “Special” if you have “Multi-line” checked. Calculations You can also learn more about this topic in a previous post. Pro-tip: Always remember to press “Close” to save! There you have it! This is how you set up form responses in PDFelement for Mac. The functions in the Windows version of the software are similar, so if you have any questions or tutorial requests, let us know in the comments below! We also have an online forum where you can get your PDFelement questions answered. Hope to see you there!
The ability to create a form can come in very handy. You can make complicated and lengthy documents – such as contracts or applications – fillable and easy to complete within minutes. You’ve likely played around with the text field properties to see what you can do to make your forms even more awesome and accessible, and you may have come across a drop-down menu full of mouse triggers. Typically, mouse triggers are used to set off specific actions, such as refreshing the form or opening a link online. Have you ever wondered what mouse triggers actually do? Or why there are six different actions? When I first learned PDFelement, I ignored mouse triggers because I only needed one action to do what I wanted with my form. But my curiosity got the better of me, and I figured that many of you might be confused and seeking answers as well. After reaching out to a former customer service representative who really knew the ins and outs of the software, and doing a bit of experimentation myself, I’ve come up with a definition for each trigger. Triggers: Mouse up: The release after a click. After the mouse’s button goes up, this action will ensue. Mouse down: The mouse-click. When the mouse’s button is pressed down, this action will ensue. Mouse enter: This action will ensue when you move the pointer so that it enters the form field. Mouse exit: When the pointer leaves the form field, this action will ensue. On focus: This action will ensue when the form field has been clicked on and is being focused on. On blur: When the form field is out of focus, which happens when another place or button has been clicked, this is the action that will ensue. Other quick fun facts for form field properties: The options for formatting List Box properties can be a little tricky too. Here are a few keywords: Sort items: this will reorder the listed items numerically and alphabetically. Multiple selection: this will allow users to choose more than one item on the list. Commit Selected Value Immediately: this will save the value as soon as the user selects it. If this option is not selected, the value is saved only when the user exits the current field or clicks into another form field. I hope this article gave a thorough explanation of mouse triggers and how they work. Was there anything in this article that surprised you? Drop a comment below, and make sure you let us know what other functions you want to learn more about in the future! We also have an online forum where you can get your PDFelement questions answered. Hope to see you there!