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Hide overset text icon?? (red plus box)

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Feb 19, 2018

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I've been using Illustrator for a long time (decades), but have something that I've never been able to figure out and need an option. How do you hide the overset text icon (red plus box), and/or anything that is an on-screen, in-app visual cue? I've tried looking it up online and all I can find is explanation of what it is. I know what it is and why it's there, but if I want to hide it so that I can take a screenshot for a proof, etc., I've found nothing. Only way would be to do the screen shot - take it into photoshop, remove the OTI, and then it's good - but that's a cumbersome extra step. I feel like there has got to be somethign that does this. I find it hard to believe that there is no way in an app this size to show a preview, unencumbered by monitor cues. It seems to me that it should be in Type>Show/Hide Hidden Characters, but nope - that doesn't do it. Does anyone know where/how I can do this?

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Hide overset text icon?? (red plus box)

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I've been using Illustrator for a long time (decades), but have something that I've never been able to figure out and need an option. How do you hide the overset text icon (red plus box), and/or anything that is an on-screen, in-app visual cue? I've tried looking it up online and all I can find is explanation of what it is. I know what it is and why it's there, but if I want to hide it so that I can take a screenshot for a proof, etc., I've found nothing. Only way would be to do the screen shot - take it into photoshop, remove the OTI, and then it's good - but that's a cumbersome extra step. I feel like there has got to be somethign that does this. I find it hard to believe that there is no way in an app this size to show a preview, unencumbered by monitor cues. It seems to me that it should be in Type>Show/Hide Hidden Characters, but nope - that doesn't do it. Does anyone know where/how I can do this?

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As far as I know you can't hide it/turn it off. But you can, for example, put a white rectangle over it if the background is white, etc.

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Huh - weird. I feel like I would have tried that before, but I guess not. I guess I figured that since it is a visual cue and not actual content, it could not be covered and would still show up over top of all the artwork. I guess not. Cool, well this helps. Hopefully they will fix this soon, and make it hideable (Are you listening, Adobe?), but in the meantime, this will at least help for what I need - thanks much!

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You can do a feature request here:

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I think that it's not hideable because the assumption is that if you have overset text, you will always want to know, so you can expand your text box to make the text not be overset.

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You could select the text object and Type > Create Outlines. After taking the screen capture, undo.

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Hi, This is a bit late but I just ran into the same issue. The red plus box means you have overflowing text in the box. i.e. text that isnt visible. To remove this place you Text cursor at the last visible character and then clear (delete) all the text to the right. Once there's no overflow there will be no red box. 

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