How to Do Expandable Fields in Adobe LiveCycle

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How to Do Expandable Fields in Adobe LiveCycle
You can create expandable fields in Adobe LiveCycle. (informatique image by gilles vallée from Fotolia.com)

LiveCycle is a PDF-form developing application from Adobe Systems. It may be purchased individually or as part of the Acrobat Pro or Pro Extended applications. LiveCycle offers an extensive variety of forms features, including boxes that can accommodate expandable text fields.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Adobe LiveCycle program

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Launch Adobe LiveCycle Designer. Open a blank form document by clicking once on the "New" button, once on "Blank" and once on the "Letter" option. (Note that there are several different templates and blank document types available. The following process will work for all types.)

  2. 2

    Add a text field to the blank document by clicking once on the "Insert" drop-down menu, once on "Standard" and once on the "Text Field" option. A blank text field will appear on the document. The field may be moved by clicking once on the border and dragging to a new location while holding down the mouse button. The size of the field may be adjusted by clicking once on one of the small squares on the border, and dragging to a new size while holding down the mouse button.

  3. 3

    Change the field properties to accommodate an expandable field by clicking once on the field border. Then select the "Field" tab from the "Object" section in the task pane (to the right of the LiveCycle screen). Click once in the "Allow Multiple Lines" box on the "Field" tab.

  4. 4

    Repeat steps two and three for each expandable text field that you want to add to the LiveCycle document. Remember to save the form using the "Save As" option under the "File" menu. To view the LiveCycle document as it would appear as a PDF, click once on the "Preview PDF" tab.

Tips and warnings

  • If you do not have Adobe LiveCycle, you can download a free trial as part of Acrobat Pro from the Adobe Systems site (see Resources section).

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