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Creating radio buttons

From: Acrobat X: Creating Forms

Video: Creating radio buttons

In this form, the user has to make some choices. Do they like traditional olive oils? Yes or No. Yes, I think so. No, I don't know. Notice that if I reclick a selected radio button, that doesn't clear it out, and that's part of the unique nature of radio buttons. Notice too that they're round. As you've been making fields, you might have noticed that you always click and drag and create rectangle. So how do these little guys get to be round, I'll show you in a minute. And then at the bottom would you consider flavored olive oils. Yes, No, Maybe.

Creating radio buttons

In this form, the user has to make some choices. Do they like traditional olive oils? Yes or No. Yes, I think so. No, I don't know. Notice that if I reclick a selected radio button, that doesn't clear it out, and that's part of the unique nature of radio buttons. Notice too that they're round. As you've been making fields, you might have noticed that you always click and drag and create rectangle. So how do these little guys get to be round, I'll show you in a minute. And then at the bottom would you consider flavored olive oils. Yes, No, Maybe.

Notice a couple of things here. The fields look a little bit different even before you click on them and then when you make a choice they appear differently. So, there are some options on how these radio buttons are going to appear. Let's see how this happens. I'm going to go to the start version of the file. Go to Tools and Edit and notice that Acrobat didn't ask if I wanted to have an auto-recognized tick place, that's because it says, there's really just nothing there that you want. I'm going to choose my Radio Button Tool and I'm going to click and drag to create one next to Yes.

Notice that this little mini dialog box looks a little bit different. There's a Group Name and a Choice. Radio buttons exist in little families, little groups, so this group is going to be about this question, do you like traditional olive oils. I'll just name the group trad. What's the value of that Yes field? By default it says Choice1; I think I could just say Yes. And there's a little warning at the bottom that says, well, there's only 1 button in this group. You need at least 2, and here it makes it easy for you to make the next button. So, when I click and drag to create this one, it's still in the Group Name trad and I'm going to have its Export Value be No.

If I wanted to keep going, I could just click Add Another Button and keep going, but I just need the two. But notice that already you can see that it looks like a circle. What is that? When I click All Properties, it automatically creates a Border Color and Fill Color and there's no underlying artwork for it to compete with, so that works just fine. It's just the way radio buttons are setup, they kind of do the work for you. When I click Close, here we go. So, now I'm going to make a set of three radio buttons. I go back and get my Radio Button Tool, click and drag.

So, rather than trad, I'm going to change it to other, and the Choice for this one is going to be yes. Again, it says, do you only have 1 button? Yes, I'd like to make another button, but first, I'm going to go to All Properties, and I'm going to make this one look a little bit different. I'm going to choose Options and say you know instead of the traditional Circle since we're talking about non-traditional olive oils, I think, maybe I'd like to have a Diamond. So, when I Close, notice that you don't even see the circle anymore. So, already we see a difference in the way this looks. Ah! But I lost my little, to make a new button. That's okay.

I could just make a new one on-the-fly, but this is kind of an easy way to do this. On the Mac you hold down Option, on Windows you hold down Ctrl to duplicate an existing field. Double-click, it's already named other. All I have to really change is under the Options, if I want it to look differently in the center? Hey, I'll put a Star in. I wanted to change that Radio Button Choice, that Export Value, so I'll change that to no. And I'm going to do the same thing to make my third button. I'm going to Ctrl+Drag on Windows, Option+Drag on the Mac, double-click to wake it up and then under Options, I'm going to change that to Cross, that might be sort of cute and then the answer for this one, the export choice is going to be maybe.

And again, consider what happens on the other end when you filled out this form if it's submitted to some sort of web-based process, you have to know what's going to happen in that script, you have to know how you should name your fields, and how you should set your choices. But for now, this is really just sufficient to show you how radio buttons behave and how you create them. So, when I Close and I switchback to my regular mode by Closing Form Editing we can see that all three of these are now square, but they still are radio buttons. So let's test them. That's a Diamond, that's a Star and that's the Cross.

Yes and No, and again, re-clicking them doesn't clean them out, you either need a Reset button or you might take note over here, Clear Form, that's another way to clean out your fields when you're experimenting. So that's radio buttons.

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