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Roman Hanging Punctuation greyed out

Explorer ,
May 14, 2017 May 14, 2017

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I've got a paragraph in AE with some punctuation that i'd like to hang.

I found this option in the paragraph panel called "Roman Hanging Punctuation" and got all excited, but it's greyed out.

Am i missing something? Does this only work with certain typefaces? To test, I tried switching to several different typefaces to no avail.

I feel like there's probably an obvious step i'm missing here.

Any ideas?

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Explorer , May 15, 2017 May 15, 2017

Are there actually any special characters?

Yes. I'm trying to hang quotation marks.

What font?

I've tried dozens.

What text?

Should that even matter?

Did you paste it from somewhere else?

Yes. I used a TextEdit document that i made "Plain Text" (no formatting).

You know what though? Thank you for asking this last one because i went back and tried pasting and not pasting to see what would happen and ended up discovering that this only works if I create a text box.

If I just click and type with the typ

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LEGEND ,
May 14, 2017 May 14, 2017

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Are there actually any special characters? What font? What text? Also, if you paste the text from elsewhere the source program may matter...

Mylenium

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Explorer ,
May 15, 2017 May 15, 2017

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Are there actually any special characters?

Yes. I'm trying to hang quotation marks.

What font?

I've tried dozens.

What text?

Should that even matter?

Did you paste it from somewhere else?

Yes. I used a TextEdit document that i made "Plain Text" (no formatting).

You know what though? Thank you for asking this last one because i went back and tried pasting and not pasting to see what would happen and ended up discovering that this only works if I create a text box.

If I just click and type with the type tool the option is greyed out. But if I click and drag to create a text box, and then enter (or paste) my text, the hanging punctuation option is available. Like i suspected, an obvious solution that i completely missed.

Thank you for your help, Mylenium​. You got me part of the way there!

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Adobe Employee ,
Jul 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017

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Hi leather.bird,

Are you still facing this problem? If not, let us know how you solved it. If so, please let us know so we can assist you further.

Thanks,

Kevin

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Explorer ,
Jul 21, 2017 Jul 21, 2017

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No this problem is resolved. It's all good.

As i mentioned in my previous follow-up comment, it was entirely user error.

Thanks for checking in!

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New Here ,
Jul 10, 2023 Jul 10, 2023

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It will only work if your text is in a Paragraph Text Box (Type tool > drag rectangular area). If you just select the Type tool, then click the image and type some text, the "Roman hanging punctuation" selection will be greyed out (as it's a Point Text Box). Alternatively, you can convert your Point Text box to a Paragraph Text box as follows: Click on text box > Type > Convert to Paragraph Text.

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New Here ,
Oct 24, 2023 Oct 24, 2023

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Amazing - this worked! Thank you!!!

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