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Static text disappearing

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Feb 14, 2022 Feb 14, 2022

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I'm creating a sceen in Animate that has several different bits of text scattered in different places around the screen. It's a mockup of a website tool, to give you an idea. I had planned to put all text elements on one keyframe. None of them touch one another so that seemed reasonable. I made 3 or 4 static text boxes with no issues - was able to change size and color on each. However, when I tried to add the next one, it would LOOK like it was going to work, i.e., I could type my text and it looked normal - but when I clicked the move tool, the text was gone. I tried this several times with different combinations but always reached a place where I couldn't add a new static text element. I CAN create a new layer and put the text there, but I'm wondering about best practices. Just seems like if I need to add 15 bits of text, I shouldn't have to create 15 different layers. Am I missing something? Or is this a bug? Designed this way on purpose? There's no animation - I haven't tried turning any of the static text bits into symbols. Maybe that would help. Mostly just wondering what the best solution is for this kind of issue.

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Feb 14, 2022 Feb 14, 2022

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what's the move tool?  do you mean the selection tool:

 

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Yes, sorry. Selection tool. I'm more used to Photoshop where the shortcut for that tool is "V" (for moVe), so I think of it that way. But yes - I usually just switch to that tool to enter text. Is there a better way to do that?

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you mean you switch to the selection tool to move text, and to enter text you use the text tool, correct?

 

if so, don't use a shortcut to move the text to text (after entering the text) to determine if your shortcut is the problem.

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No - I'm just trying to enter the text. Can't do it with Enter because that creates a new row in the text. So I just click the Select tool when I'm finishing writing my text. I'm not using a shortcut. 

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Feb 15, 2022 Feb 15, 2022

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are you using a tablet as your input device?

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