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When editing in Illustrator, I tend to accidentally attach text to the nearest paths when I use the type tool, when I don't intend to . If I don't notice it right away, then my original path becomes invisible because it has been turned into an empty type-on-a-path object. Is there any way to undo the type-on-a-path and recover the original path so that it is visible again? I haven't found any obvious way to do it, but then nothing in Illustrator is obvious, at least to me.

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I think everyone runs into this annoying problem, and I just use the (windows) key commands: ctrl-c to copy the text, ctrl-z to undo the text-on-a-path, and ctrl-v to paste into a new text box.

I don't know of any way of doing this otherwise, but even if there is, it is probably so buried in the interface that the above method is most-likely still faster.
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go into the type with the type tool (or double-click using a select tool) and delete all text. Then select the (invisible) path with the direct or group selection tools and give the path a stroke.
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go into the type with the type tool (or double-click using a select tool) and delete all text. Then select the (invisible) path with the direct or group selection tools and give the path a stroke.

That's that I tried, but it never seemed to work. Even after giving the path a stroke, it remains hidden because Illustrator still thinks it is now text, not a path. Ultimately, I had a backup copy of the file which contained the original path, so I copied and pasted from that file to recover the path. However that was just a stroke of luck, so to speak.

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Holograph,

The key here is to use the direct selection tool, and to click on the actual (invisible) path.
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