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I have recently been having an issue with Illustrator (CS5) where a piece of text just will not select. Everything is unlocked, and when I do a Select All, it selects, but I just can't click on it. It's driving me insane!
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Is it part of a group of objects within a clipping mask? Can you select it with the Direct Select tool?

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I've found the text is actually located in a different spot... it's some sort of display glitch. I can select the text if i click on the invisible spot where Illustrator thinks the text is!

(you'll see in the attachment... the text is underlined, but the selection box is way below and to the left of the text.)

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I think I've had this problem before. I haven't found a solution to it other than to delete the text and re-create it. I think it is a corrupt file.

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I think I've had this problem before. I haven't found a solution to it other than to delete the text and re-create it. I think it is a corrupt file.


I just had this problem for the first time this week and I have cs3...
Suddenly a text just wont select
I do a restart and it seems to be OK
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I've tried restart. I think the file is somehow corrupt.. but just certain text boxes. It's very strange. I'd love someone from Adobe to take a look at this, there's got to be an easier way to resolve this issue. Until then, I am hacking at it the slow way.
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Out of the blue suggestion.

Have you tried the clean path command... OBJECT-PATH-CLEANUP (all options checked).
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Have you tried right-clicking on the text > Transform > Reset Bounding Box ?



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Have you tried right-clicking on the text > Transform > Reset Bounding Box ?


I would have to be able to select the text in order to right click on it ;)

I have found a work around, if I copy the entire text layer over to a new document and Command F to place in same spot.. I can select the text I need to select, and then bring it back into the document once it is all cleaned up. It's sort of a sloppy solution, but I'm really not sure what else I can do at this point!

Thanks for the suggestions guys!
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We used to run into this problem every so often. But when publishing street atlases with hundreds of pages and tens of thousands of street names, it became impossible to check every road name to see if the text had shifted. We developed a little routine that would activate each first Path Point for all text on the map, which would cause the offset text to move back to its proper position. I can probably find the routine if you'd like.

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We used to run into this problem every so often. But when publishing street atlases with hundreds of pages and tens of thousands of street names, it became impossible to check every road name to see if the text had shifted. We developed a little routine that would activate each first Path Point for all text on the map, which would cause the offset text to move back to its proper position. I can probably find the routine if you'd like.


If it is not too much trouble, I'd love to try that! Although, I'm sure that operation would effect much of the other text on the map... It probably is not going to be a viable solution at this point in the game.
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We used to run into this problem every so often. But when publishing street atlases with hundreds of pages and tens of thousands of street names, it became impossible to check every road name to see if the text had shifted. We developed a little routine that would activate each first Path Point for all text on the map, which would cause the offset text to move back to its proper position. I can probably find the routine if you'd like.


If it is not too much trouble, I'd love to try that! Although, I'm sure that operation would effect much of the other text on the map... It probably is not going to be a viable solution at this point in the game.

No, it doesn't effect any of the text on the map, except to make the offset text "jump" back to its original position. (and then selectable) I'll go look for that routine now.

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I sent it to your e-mail address.

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you can also try going into View>Outline, (ctrl-y mac: cmd-y) and see if it shows what it thinks is the true position of the text, rather than clicking blindly around until you find it!

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