I want to convert a Type on a Path elipse back to an ordinary elipse. I've tried Effect>Convert to Shape>Elipse>Shape options without success. Must have done this in the past but can't think how. Thoughts, anyone?
You can (after deselecting if selected) Alt/OptionClickDrag over the ellipse (away from the Type) with the Direct Selection Tool to select just that, then Ctrl/Cmd+C+B to have a new independent path beneath the Path Type, then just delete the latter.
Sorry thought the screencap would appear in reply just posted.
if @Jacob Bugges post don't answer your question ( I would have given you the same answer) - say you need a duplicate of the circle for a second lettering at the top of the circle.
Please explain a bit more in detail what you really want.
What is your final goal?
Below is a longer and hopefully more intelligible version of my suggestion, based on the (mis)understanding that you wish to go back to the original plain/notext ellipse.
If you wish to have both the ellipse and the Type, just skip 4).
And the rest of what Hans-Jürgen said.
1) Click an empty spot to deselect your Path Type;
2) ClickDrag with the Direct Selection Tool while holding Alt (for Win) or Option (for Mac) over the ellipse (away from the Type) with the Direct Selection Tool to select just that; you can do that in the upper part well away from the actual Type at the bottom;
3) Hold Ctrl (for Win) or Cmd (for Mac) while you press C and then B to have a new independent path beneath the Path Type;
4) Switch to the (normal) Selection Tool, then Click the Path Type (easy to see/do at the bottom) and press Delete so you only have the ellipse from 3); as another way of selecting the original Path Type you can also click it in the expanded Layers palette.
Your solution worked and just would never have occured to me. Greatly appreciate you taking time to explain all this in detail – such small, but vital things, really help with production.
For my part you are welcome, Michael.
There are many small vital thing to know, and remember.