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How to make sure a check box is printed?

When I click on File and Print, the check boxes don't show in the print preview, and also don't print. Why is that?

I am new to iTextSharp, and would appreciate some help. I am creating some checkboxes, an example of the code is below:


PdfFormField checkbox1 = PdfFormField.CreateCheckBox(writer);
checkbox1.SetWidget(new Rectangle(524, 600, 540, 616),
checkbox1.ValueAsName = ("Off");
checkbox1.AppearanceState = ("Off");
checkbox1.FieldName = ("UsersNo");
checkbox1.SetAppearance(PdfAnnotation.APPEARANCE_NORMAL, "Off", chkOff);
checkbox1.SetAppearance(PdfAnnotation.APPEARANCE_NORMAL, "On", chkOn);
Everything looks great and is working well, until it comes to printing the PDF. When I click on File and Print, the check boxes don't show in the print preview, and also don't print.


Posted on StackOverflow on Mar 23, 2015 by user1176737

In iText 7 you define a check box like this:

PdfButtonFormField checkField = PdfFormField.createCheckBox(pdfDoc, new Rectangle(524, 600, 16, 16), "UsersNo", "Off", PdfFormField.TYPE_CHECK);

If you look at the source code of the createCheckBox() method:

public static PdfButtonFormField createCheckBox(PdfDocument doc, Rectangle rect, String name, String value, int checkType, PdfAConformanceLevel pdfAConformanceLevel) {
    PdfWidgetAnnotation annot = new PdfWidgetAnnotation(rect);
    PdfButtonFormField check = new PdfButtonFormField(annot, doc);
    check.pdfAConformanceLevel = pdfAConformanceLevel;
    return check;

You’ll notice that the PRINT flag is set automatically, so you won’t face with this problem in iText 7.

Click this link if you want to see how to answer this question in iText 5.


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