Outline Font - Greyed Out - all fonts - AI - CC17

Community Beginner ,
Apr 20, 2017 Apr 20, 2017

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What should I do? Create outlines is not working for any of my fonts. The command is greyed out in the menu and the keyboard shortcut does not work either.

I have uninstalled/reinstalled Illustrator with no success. I have installed new fonts and it doesnt work for them either.

I have deleted the prefs file...still nothing...

Illustrator CC2017. Windows.

Thanks in advance for your assistance!!

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Adobe Community Professional , Apr 20, 2017 Apr 20, 2017
Sorry if this sounds silly, did you select the type with the Selection tool (V)?

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Apr 20, 2017 Apr 20, 2017

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Sorry if this sounds silly, did you select the type with the Selection tool (V)?

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 20, 2017 Apr 20, 2017

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Thanks for getting back to me- i am newbie... i thought I had selected the text correctly but see now how to do it.

>> You cannot just select the text with the selection tool (eg highlighting the text inside the "text box" does not work...

>>>> You have to click outside the text and (for us noobs) select the text as an object (eg text box looking thing) then the command will appear in the menu.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 20, 2017 Apr 20, 2017

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Good to hear that solved your problem.

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Explorer ,
Apr 02, 2020 Apr 02, 2020

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Why am I dumb to not knowing this stupid simple thing?

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New Here ,
Mar 12, 2021 Mar 12, 2021

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I did the same thing AND I am in a class on Illustrator...little tweaky things like NOT telling you HOW to select it would save eons of troubleshooting...no? THANK YOU!!!!

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Mar 12, 2021 Mar 12, 2021

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THANK YOU for sharing something that seemed silly but wasn't. My instructor just said select the font, not specifically how. YAY! I did it!

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Nov 23, 2020 Nov 23, 2020

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Thank you for pointing me toward the obvious!

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