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Text Boxes are changing to Check Boxes

Kyle Gauthier

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I'm creating a document that has 38 different text fields.  I copied and pasted the first set of the same size (19 in a column) and changed the name of each text box so when the first one is filled it wouldn't fill them all with the same info.  After doing this and saving it changes almost all of the boxes to check boxes.  Its super random that I change the name and when I close the Properties dialog it changes the box format from text to check.

The problem started when I wanted all of the boxes in a column to be the same size so I used copy and paste instead of creating each one individually.  This idea has been a big failure and waste of time and I'd be done if I'd just done them one at a time.

We need a way to convert a check box to a text field or the other way around. Also we need a way to save a box type (style, format, text/check/combo, and size) that can set and added as a default.

I can't share a screenshot because the forum won't accept a link from my google drive because it's https so I'm not sure how I'm gonna share anything.


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Jim Sirtonski

I cannot understand why someone at Nitro has not replied to this topic with a solution. If you Google this issue you'll see that many have asked the same question but nowhere can you find a decent response from Nitro. I created a form with 50 text fields which were copied from the first text field and then afterward, changed the field names to be unique and that is the point at which the format of the text field changes to a check box and to my knowledge there is no way to change the field back to a text box. The only workaround that I have found that does work as expected is to create each text box individually (do not copy). Seems to me that this is a major bug in the software and has existed since 2019. If Nitro has previously addressed this issue, they haven't publicized the response in a way to make it easy to find. Asking the same question that I Googled in this forum returns hundreds of threads that have nothing to do with the issue.

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Allain Umailin

Hello @Jim Sirtonski,

Thank you for reaching out to us through our Community Forums!

As per our Release Notes https://www.gonitro.com/nps/product-details/release-notes, improvements with Check boxes and other Form fields has been implemented upon the release of Nitro Pro and if you are interested in upgrading your Nitro Pro 12 to version 13 with discounted rate, feel free to enter your serial number in our Upgrade Portal https://www.gonitro.com/pro/upgrade


Hi @Kyle Gauthier,

I trust you are doing fine today and our sincere apologies for the delayed response.

In line with above response to Jim, please allow me to share that in addition to many other feature improvements, version 13 also contains some important security vulnerabilities fixes that you might want to consider when deciding whether to upgrade to it or not. You can find out more about these fixes here: https://www.gonitro.com/nps/security/updates 

Thank you for choosing Nitro and I hope this helps.

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