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Setting tab order in Acrobat 9

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This is the first time I'm trying to set the tab order in a PDF created in Acrobat 9. I am used to the previous versions where all you had to do was click through the fields to set their order, Adobe seems to have changed it to be much more cumbersom

This is the first time I'm trying to set the tab order in a PDF created in Acrobat 9. I am used to the previous versions where all you had to do was click through the fields to set their order, Adobe seems to have changed it to be much more cumbersome requiring you to drag the fields in the field list. I can see where this might be useful in certain cases, but I would like to still be able to edit the tab order the older way. For larger more complicated documents, it's just much easier to do it this way for me. Is this impossible in newer versions, or am I missing something?
I tried opening the file in Acrobat 8 on another machine, and the 'Edit Tab Order' command is greyed out for this file, so I'm guessing that editing in 9 must change the file to make it incompatible to edit this way.
If anyone has any insight on a way to easily edit the tab order in version 9, or to allow the file to be edited in version 8, I would be grateful for any assistance.

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Yes, I do have the Select Object tool active. (The 'Edit Fields' menu option doesn't show up unless that tool is active)
I have tried to edit the PDF on my Mac and PC, and in both cases, all of the menu options under the 'Edit Fields' menu, including the option to set the tab order, are greyed out.
I did a quick test and copied the fields into a new document, and the menu was available, so I may be able to get this working by opening a new copy of the original PDF and pasting the fields I have set up into that document. I hope this works, because my estimated time that I will spend rearranging the fields is about 25-30 seconds per field which would equate to about 1-1.5 hours of work just to set the Tab Order!! That's compared to about 2-3 minutes or so (at max 5 minutes). With all of the checkboxes, text fields and combo boxes, there are roughly 250 or so fields on this form.
Thanks. If you have any other suggestions, let me know.

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