Form Radio Button

PDF Studio is capable of creating Radio Buttons. Radio Buttons are used to allow users to select either a single option from a list of options in a PDF form. Radio buttons are created in groups. This is because radio buttons are used when only one option from the list should be selected. If another option in the same radio button group is selected then the other option will be unselected. By default PDF Studio will make all Radio Buttons that are created part of the same group.

Creating Radio Buttons

  1. Start the Form Editing Mode by going to Forms > Create/Edit Form on the menu or use the shortcut keys Ctrl + Shift + M (⌘ + Shift + M on Mac). This will open up the Form Field Editor Toolbar.
  2. Click on the Radio Button button located on the tool bar. The cursor will then change to show a preview of the field
  3. Using the mouse move to the location you want to place the field and then click to place the field or click and drag to create a custom field size.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 to create as many fields as you need
  5. To finish placing Radio Buttons press Esc or click on the button on the toolbar

Radio Button Properties

To access the Radio Button properties right click (Mac: Ctrl + Click) on the field and choose Properties in the mouse menu or click on the edit button on the Mini Toolbar. The Radio Button contains the following property settings.


Name - The name of the radio button group. All radio buttons containing the same name will be a part of the same group.

Tooltip - The tip that is shown when the mouse is hovered over the field


Font - This field is disabled as a specific font has to be set for the Radio Buttons to work

Size - Sets the size of the checked button symbol

Text Color - Sets the check mark color

Border Color - Sets the color of the border

Line Width - Sets the width of the border line

Fill Color - Sets the fill color

Style - Sets the style for the border line (i.e. dotted, dashed, cloud, etc...)

Save as default - When checked this will make the selected style settings the default for any new Radio Buttons going forward


Rotation - Sets the field rotation in 90 degree increments

Required - When checked will display a red outline on the field letting them know the field is required

Visibility - Sets one of four visibility options for the field

      • Show: the default setting makes the field visible
      • Hide: hides the field from being displayed when viewing the document
      • Show/Do not print: shows the field but will not print the field or it's values
      • Hide/Print: hides the field but the field and its value will be printed

Read Only - Makes the field uneditable and will just display the value currently set in the field

Locked - When checked prevents the following on the field: being moved or resized, editing appearance properties, & deleting the annotation.


Button Style - Sets the symbol to be used when the button is checked

Radio Button Choice - This defines the choice number for the radio button group

Selected by Default - Sets the default value of the field to checked or unchecked

Border Shape - Sets the shape of the border for the radio button to either a circle or square


The Action Panel displays a list of the current actions associated with the field. Actions can be added, edited, or deleted using the buttons below the actions list.

Add - Adds a custom Form Field Actions from a list of available actions.

Edit - Edits the currently selected action from the list

Remove -  Removes the currently selected action from the list