List boxes enable the selection of one or more options from a fixed list of options:
Figure 1. Example List Box
The functionality of PDF-XChange Editor enables a wide range of dynamic customization for list boxes. Click the dropdowns below for further information:
1. Click the Form tab, then click the List Box icon (highlighted in the image below). A blue rectangle will be displayed beneath the pointer. This rectangle represents the list box:
Figure 2. Active List Box Tool
2. Move the rectangle to the desired location and then click to add the list box to the document. Added list boxes appear as detailed below:
Figure 3. Added List Boxes
•Click and drag the yellow control points to resize list boxes.
•Use the options in the Format Tab to determine the style and appearance of selected list boxes:
Figure 4. Format Tab, List Boxes
•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 list boxes consecutively. If this option is disabled then PDF-XChange Editor will revert to the designated default tool after the creation of a single list box.
•Click Tab Numbers to show/hide the tab order numbers of form fields.
•The Calculation Order setting is not available for list boxes.
•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 list box.
•Click Stroke Color to determine the border color of list boxes.
•Click Width to determine the width of list box borders.
•Click Border to determine the style of list box borders.
•Use the Font and Font Size dropdown menus to determine the font and font size used for list box items.
•Use the Text Color dropdown menu to determine the color of the font used in list box items.
•Click Properties to open the List Box Properties pane, which enables the customization of additional elements of list boxes and is detailed below.
Follow the steps below to add/edit list box items:
1. Click Select Fields in the Form tab and select the list box, then click the Format tab and click Properties:
Figure 8. Selected List Box
The List Box Properties pane will open.
2. Scroll down to the List Box Items property and click <Empty>:
Figure 9. List Box Properties Pane, List Box Items Property
The List Box pane will open. This pane is used to add/edit list box items.
3. Click Add New to add new entries to the list box:
Figure 10. List Box Pane
•Click Delete Item to delete the selected item from the list box.
•Click the Up and Down buttons to move selected items up or down in the list. The order of items in the pane represents the order to items in the list box.
•Enter values in the Export Value column to determine the value given for exported list box items. Note that values must be first selected in the List Box Items pane and then clicked in order to edit the name.
•Click to select Display Value names, and then click them again in order to edit the name.
•Select the check box of the item to be used as the default selection in the list box. This item will be selected when the list box is in its default state.
•Click and drag the yellow control points to resize the list box as desired.
4. Click outside the List Box Items pane to complete the process, then use the Hand Tool to select list box items:
Figure 11. Completed List Box