Dynamic buttons allow users to initiate one or more actions while viewing or browsing a document. For example, one could create a “Back” and “Forward” Button on every page of a multi-page document with appropriate arrow icon labels, then assign an action to turn to the next page view or the previous one. You can also set a combination of mouse behaviors for a button which trigger an action.

To create an dynamic button:

  1. Choose Forms > Button Tool, or select the Button Tool PDF Gold button Creating Dynamic Buttons on the Form Tools toolbar.
  2. Drag the cross-hair pointer on the document to create the button area.
  3. In the General tab, specify the field name, hover text, appearance and other common properties.
    Note: If you select a background color, any images positioned behind the button will be covered. The text options affect the label you specify in the Options tab, not the button name in the General tab.
  4. In the Options tab, define the button display by arranging how the label and icon appear. See Changing Button Properties.
  5. In the Actions tab, specify options to determine what happens when the mouse behaves on the button, such as execute a menu item. See Setting Special Actions.
  6. Click Close to apply the property options you’ve selected.
    Note: If you’re creating a set of buttons, you can use grid lines to snap the objects. See Positioning Form Fields.
    If you want to change the properties, size and position of the buttons on the form, you can edit them.

To edit a button:

Choose the Button tool or the Select Object tool, and then do as follows:

  • To edit the button’s properties, double-click the button to open the Button Properties dialog box and change the settings.
  • To align, center, or distribute the button with other form fields, or to resize or copy the button, right-click the button, and then choose an option from the context menu. See Creating and Editing Form Fields and Positioning Form Fields.


Creating Dynamic Buttons