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Having trouble simply selecting a text box. Very strange.

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I can't seem to use the selection tool or the type tool to select another text box (besides the one I was just working on). I have to switch tools multiple times, and then eventually, with no apparent rhyme or reason, it works. I have the latest version of Illustrator and tried quitting and restarting my desktop.

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Having trouble simply selecting a text box. Very strange.

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I can't seem to use the selection tool or the type tool to select another text box (besides the one I was just working on). I have to switch tools multiple times, and then eventually, with no apparent rhyme or reason, it works. I have the latest version of Illustrator and tried quitting and restarting my desktop.

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There is an option in the Type section of the Illustrator preferences called Type Object Selection by Path Only. If that option is turned on, it sometimes can be pretty difficult to select type objects.

 

You may check that.

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Thanks for the quick response. I took a look at that and it's not checked, so not the problem in this case. Still searching!

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Is that a general issue or does it only happen in one or a couple of specific documents?

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I opened another doc created a while back and it seems NOT to happen there. However, I opened a NEW doc and cut and pasted some text and objects (without paste remember layers selected) from the offending doc and it happens again on this new doc.

 

FYI, I can work around it if I put the text in a separate layer and lock that layer, which is why I thought this might be associated with layers.

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It may probably help if you could share a sample .ai file.

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Here's the file. It's the text boxes on the number labels layer that are giving me the problem. When I select them, they prevent me from selecting other nearby text boxes, even when they don't overlap.

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