How do I Add a Calculation Field in Adobe Acrobat?

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How do I Add a Calculation Field in Adobe Acrobat?
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Calculated fields in Adobe Acrobat forms enable users who are interacting with the form to enter values into form fields that are then calculated by the form in a separate field. Using the Calculate tab in a form, you can create simple calculations that add or multiply or highly complex calculations that integrate JavaScript into the form.

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  1. 1

    Create or import the basic form structure in Adobe Acrobat.

  2. 2

    Double-click the field in which to add a calculation. The "Text Field Properties" dialogue box appears.

  3. 3

    Click the "Calculate" tab. This converts the field from a standard text field into a calculation field.

  4. 4

    Enable "Value is the (option) of the following fields" if this field is to be a product of other fields. Options are a selection between sum, product, average, minimum and maximum.

  5. 5

    Enable "Simplified Field Notation" if this field is to be a complex calculation using standard math symbols and grouping.

  6. 6

    Enter the notation, using field names as operands. For example, (Field_1 + Field_2)/Field_3.

  7. 7

    Enable "Custom Calculation Script" to create a complex calculation script in JavaScript.

  8. 8

    Enter the desired calculation script. For more information on using JavaScript to build complex calculations, see Resources.

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