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Ok, I have a fresh Illustrator document. Pasted some copied text into the "artboard" (the clipboard is severely broken, but that's for another day).

The textbox that gets pasted is one huge line that goes from here to Timbuktoo.

So I need to resize it to 1/3rd of the page. I presume, as happens in every other sensible tool in the world, the text would flow to the width I give the textbox. The text itself will NOT get resized.

However, this is not what happens. THe text gets scaled completely. No exceptions.

I've been googling for the last 2 hours. Nothing works.

  1. Some posts say I must "show bounding borders". Doesn't help at all.
  2. Other posts say some nonsense about main selection tool and direct selection tool. These tools do nothing. Both the arrow-icons, when used to drag the corners of the box, lead to the text getting resized anyway.
  3. Someone suggested that when I copied and pasted text from a text file into Illustrator, this became an object, not actually text. Well, in that case, how should we paste text? Not everyone working on an Illustrator document is always and forever expected to write all the text manually, is it?

Seriously, how does this work? Any preferences I need to change? I used to work with CS4 and I recall it was much easier.

Would appreciate any inputs. Thanks!

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See this answer to a similar question: graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/a/5261/690 –  Farray Sep 17 '12 at 21:06
    
I strongly recommend that you make yourself familiar with the software manual that Illustrator offers — 2 hours of googling plus asking around in a forum seems a bit excessive for basic info on tool handling. See helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/topics.html –  TehMacDawg Nov 8 '12 at 20:12

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In Illustrator, there are two ways to control your basic block of text:

  1. Point Type object: Select the Type tool, click on the artboard, then press Paste.
  2. Area Type object: Select the Type tool, click and drag on the artboard to create a text box, and then paste the text into there.

You've been doing number one; number two should get the behavior that you want.

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Thanks so much. That is very clear, much clearer than so many forums out there, including Adobe's own. –  PKHunter Sep 18 '12 at 2:44
    
And as far as I am aware, there is no way of converting point type to area type; you have to copy point text into a new type area. –  e100 Sep 18 '12 at 9:45

With Area Text, you need to use the bounding box handles to resize the area text box. Any other scale or transform tool will alter text as well.

You can also use the Direct Selection tool (White arrow) to click and drag the side of an area text box.

resize area text

And Brendan's answer absolutely applies as well.

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Thanks so much Scott. For taking the time to show it so vividly in video! I woke up this morning and tried Brendan's way and it worked, so I might have to 'accept' his answer, but if I could accept two, I would really thank you too. Much appreciated! –  PKHunter Sep 18 '12 at 2:45

If you want to scale all text in any Area Type box / object, this is what I do:

  1. Select all Area Type objects you would like to scale (either up or down)
  2. Group them together (Ctrl + G / Cmd + G).
  3. In the Transform Panel click the LINKED CHAIN icon at the upper right to Constrain Height and Width Proportionately.
  4. Enter the final size into either the Height or Width box and apply (Press Enter).

That should scale your text and not just alter solely the boxes / frame area.

Hope this is helpful! :)

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This is the opposite of what the question asks. –  e100 Nov 15 '12 at 13:45

It can also be helpful to select the raw text, as in an Excel document, etc., instead of a block of text or cell. Then you should be able to select the text tool, click on the artboard and past the text without boxes. I have worked with text in Illustrator for years and have never found a reason to use a text box.

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