How to Insert a Date Field in Adobe Acrobat
Open the PDF file you want to edit in Adobe Acrobat XI or create a new PDF. Click the **Tools** button, select the **Forms** option and then click the **Edit** button to switch to form editing mode. Alternatively, press **Ctrl-Shift-7** to enter form editing mode.
Click **Yes** if Acrobat warns you that there are no forms in the PDF file to enter form editing mode.
Click the **Add New Field** button in the Tasks group of the right pane and select **Text Field** from the drop-down box to insert a new text field into the document.
Click and drag with the mouse over the document to define the size and position of the new field. Type a label for the new text field -- "TheDate" for example -- into the **Field Name** field and then click the **All Properties** link to display the Text Field Properties window.
Select an option from the **Form Field** box on the General tab to change how the field is displayed.If you select **Visible**, the field is always visible. Select **Hidden but Printable** to display the field only when the document is printed; the field is invisible to the reader until he prints it. Select **Hidden** to make the field invisible. To avoid printing a visible date field, select **Visible but Doesn't Print**.
Switch to the **Appearance** tab to change the appearance of the field. You can add a border around the field by selecting a color from the **Border Color** box or fill the field by selecting a fill color from the **Fill Color** box.Change the font in the **Font** box and the font size using the **Font Size** field. You can select a different font color from the **Text Color** box.
Switch to the **Options** tab and select the alignment of the text in the text field from the **Alignment** box. You can choose to align the text to the left, center or right. Click the **Close** button to apply the changes and close the Text Field Properties window.
Click the **Page Thumbnails** button in the left-side toolbox to display the Page Thumbnails page, right-click the **thumbnail of the page that contains the text field** and select **Page Properties** from the context menu to display the Page Properties dialog.
Press **Ctrl-S** to save the changes to the PDF file and then open the document in Adobe Reader or another PDF viewer to test the date field.
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