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What’s New in Adobe Acrobat DC

By Danielle DavisRoe

Adobe Acrobat for Legal Profess 2022Ever wonder what features and improvements you’re getting from your Adobe Acrobat DC subscription? Here’s a rundown of key features added in the past year, adapted from Affinity Consulting Group’s newly updated guide, “Adobe Acrobat for Legal Professionals.”

Fillable Forms


Until the February 2021 update, when editing a fillable form in Acrobat, you could only click on the desired field to select it. With the recent update, you can now tab between fields. To edit a form in Adobe Acrobat DC:

  1. Open the Tools button.
  2. Under Forms & Signatures, click on Prepare Form.

Precise Field Location

You can now specify the exact location of form fields under the field properties:

  1. Right-click on the field.
  2. Select Properties.
  3. On the Position tab, specify the exact location for the field.


Change Color Floating Toolbar

You can now change the color of highlighting and other colored annotations in Adobe Acrobat DC by clicking on the annotation and selecting a new color from the floating toolbar.

Adobe Acrobat DC menu


Improved Copy and Paste

When you copy and paste annotations, they paste to the same location on the new page, reducing the need to adjust pasted annotations’ location.

Bigger Bookmarks

You can now set the default zoom level for bookmarks by clicking on the Bookmark options button in the Bookmark pane and selecting the desired level under Set Default Bookmark Zoom level.

Click the menu in the bookmarks pane to select small, medium or large text size.

Bates Numbering

You can now add the Bates number to the existing file name rather than replacing it by typing %BATES_NUMBER_KEY% in the Insert Before or the Insert After field.

Request Signatures

You can request signatures from Adobe Acrobat DC using Adobe Sign through the File menu by clicking on Request Signatures. Also, you can now open the Fill & Sign toolbar or Request Signatures from the Sign menu.

Adobe Acrobat DC menu

Page Thumbnails

You can now cut, copy and paste pages using the Page Thumbnails. Select the desired pages and right-click to cut, copy and paste.

Context Help

Getting help from the help button will now give contextual help based on the open tool.

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About Affinity Consulting Group

Affinity Consulting Group inspires, enables, and empowers legal teams of all sizes to work smarter, from anywhere. The company’s holistic approach incorporates people, processes, and technology. Affinity’s passionate, well-connected industry experts work hand in hand with you to help you better understand and optimize your business — from software to growth strategy, and everything in between.

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Categories: Document Management, Legal Software, Legal Technology, Tech Tools
Originally published April 15, 2021
Last updated January 13, 2022
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Danielle Danielle DavisRoe

Danielle DavisRoe is a senior consultant with Affinity Consulting Group (@affinitylegal). Whether it’s teaching clients a new skill through training, speaking at CLE events, or management consulting, Danielle is 100% focused on making the lives of her clients better. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and a Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

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