Text copied in Illustrator gets pasted outside of Illustrator as an Image

Community Beginner ,
Nov 12, 2020

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Text copied within Illustrator gets pasted outside of Illustrator as an Image or if I try to use that text to name the file, it pastes nothing at all.

 

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If I copy any text from Illustrator into the clipboard, when I paste into Word or an Email or Mac Notes, or Text Edit, or to name that illustrator file, ....the text is converted to an image.

 

I can however paste that same copy into the Email Address line or another Adobe product or to name a folder on my desktop. Just a few quick examples.

 

This is a relatively new problem after using it for 25 years.

 

Anyone? Thanks >Robert

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kphotopage Engaged , Nov 13, 2020
Robert Hi.Copy your text in Illustrator.For Word, Click on the Paste option icon, select Keep Text Only. K

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What happens when you select the text instead of the text object?

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I get the same result. 

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Robert Hi.

Copy your text in Illustrator.

For Word, Click on the Paste option icon, select Keep Text Only.

 

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Great - Thanks!

 

That works for Word.

 

That led me to discover for Text Editor and Notes, I can go to the top menu or shortcut keystroke to choose "Paste and Match Style".

 

For Mac Mail, you can go to preferences to change Composing/Message Format to "Plain Text"... which is a bit much, but it will work. 

 

However - I still can't use the text from Illustrator for renaming the file or paste to Messages for example. 

 

There should be a way to pull the text as "Plain Text" without formatting.

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I'm having the same problem. I'm wanting to copy text from Illustrator and paste it into Keynote but when I do this it copies across as an image. There aren't any options to 'Keep text only' in Keynote. The work around is to copy it into Word (by clicking on the stupid paste button and selecting Keep text only) and then from there copying it across to Keynote but this wastes time and is clumsy, surely Adobe must've fixed this bug by now. You've known it about it for some time!

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