Radio buttons enable the selection of a single choice from several options, such as in answers to multiple choice questions:
Figure 1. Example Radio Buttons
The functionality of PDF-XChange Editor enables a wide range of dynamic customization for radio buttons. Click the dropdowns below for further information:
1. Click the Form tab, then click Radio. A blue square will be displayed beneath the pointer. This square represents the radio button:
Figure 2. Active Radio Button Tool
2. Move the square to the desired location and then click to add the radio button to the document. Added radio buttons appear as detailed below:
Figure 3. Added Radio Buttons
•Click and drag the yellow control points to resize radio buttons.
•Use the options in the Format Tab to determine the style and appearance of selected radio buttons:
Figure 4. Format Tab, Radio Buttons
•Click Select Fields to select and edit form fields.
•Click the options in the Form Fields group to enable alternative form field formats.
•Click Keep Mode to create multiple radio buttons consecutively. If this option is disabled then PDF-XChange Editor will revert to the designated default tool after the creation of a single radio button.
•Click Tab Numbers to show/hide the tab order numbers of form fields.
•The Calculation Order setting is not available for radio buttons.
•Click Grid to enable/disable the grid, which is used to assist in the accurate placement of form fields, as detailed in (figure 4).
•Click Create Multiple Copies to create multiple copies of selected form fields, as detailed here.
•Click Fields to show/hide the Fields pane, which is used to view/edit form fields.
•Click Fill Color to determine the fill color of the radio button.
•Click Stroke Color to determine the border color of radio buttons.
•Click Width to determine the width of radio button borders.
•Click Border to determine the style of radio button borders.
•Use the Text Color dropdown menu to determine the color of the check mark used in radio buttons.
•Click Properties to open the Radio Button Properties pane, which enables the customization of additional elements of radio buttons and is detailed below.
The following example will detail how to create a radio button list of countries:
1. Click the Form tab, then click Radio Button.
2. Click the Format tab, then click Keep Mode:
Figure 7. Format Tab, Keep Mode Highlighted
3. Press Ctrl+' to enable the grid in order to assist in the accurate placement of radio buttons, then click to place radio buttons in the document:
Figure 8. Adding Radio Buttons
The next step is to add text box labels for the radio buttons:
4. Click the Comment tab, then click the Text Box Tool. Click to add text boxes, then enter the names of the desired countries:
Figure 9. Text Boxes and Names Added
The text boxes can be customized as desired - for example the stroke color can be changed as follows:
5. Click Select Comments, then group-select the text boxes. Press Ctrl+' to open the properties pane, then change the Stroke Color property to white:
Figure 10. Text Box Properties Pane, Stroke Color Options
6. Press Ctrl+' to disable the grid. The radio button list is then complete. Use the Hand Tool to select an option as desired:
Figure 11. Completed Radio Button List