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Area Type Tool Stopped Working

Area Type Tool Stopped Working

Area Type Tool Stopped Working

Hello - I was in a document working along when all of a sudden both of my area type tools stopped working.  When I click on the art board, I get the message "You must click on a non-compound, non-masking path to create text inside a path."  All of the other type tools work properly.  What did I do and how can I fix this?  BTW, I pulled up a blank document and the same thing happened.  I rebooted my laptop too.

RE: Area Type Tool Stopped Working

...area type tool requires a click and drag approach, not just a click...

...you need to make a bounding area for the type to sit within, this is achieved by click and drag...

...it is different to how the standard text tool works...


RE: Area Type Tool Stopped Working

Thanks Andrew.  I'm trying to do just that.  Not only can I not click and drag to create a box, but illustrator won't let me put text into an existing object such as a circle or rectangle.

RE: Area Type Tool Stopped Working

Thanks again Andrew.  Good to know where the preferences file is.  I found out my problem, I didn't realize I had to click on the PATH of the circle that I was trying to put my text into.  If you click anywhere else, like in the middle, you get the nastygram.

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