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Any way to change the background color of a text box without all the workarounds such as placing another shape behind the text.

I need to have a textbox filled with color of 249, 249, 249 and a stroke of 204, 204, 204 which will be 1px. I also need to have the text keep a distance of 5px from all four sides from the stroke internally.

Currently I am doing this by having a rectangle of size say 300px X 500px, giving it a fill of 249, 249, 249 and stroke of 1px of color 204, 204, 204. Than I add a Text Box by using the Type Tool and draging to to "draw" a box of 290px X 490px and placing it in the middle of the above rectangle so that I get 5px distance from all four sides.

It does what I want but it's not elegant. Any better way to do this?

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To make the text box a different color, select it with the Direct Selection tool (the white arrow). Adjust the color/stroke normally.

To create a margin between the box edge and the text itself, select the box with the regular Selection tool (black arrow), then go to Type > Area Type Options, and adjust the Inset Spacing under the Offset category.

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Sorry But I must be doing something wrong. Following your steps changes the color of text, not the background of the text box –  Jawad Jul 26 '12 at 20:54
    
Yes I am using the Direct Selection Tool. I am not making any mistake about it. White Mouse Arrow = Direct Selection Tool (A) –  Jawad Jul 26 '12 at 20:58
    
I apologize, I should have said that you must select one of the corner points of the text box with the Direct Selection tool. –  cheribom Jul 26 '12 at 21:01
    
Thanks a lot. Works Great. –  Jawad Jul 26 '12 at 21:04

Create the Area Text (text box)

Select the Area Text with the Direct Selection Tool (white arrow)

Color to your heart's content.

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Sorry But I must be doing something wrong. Following your steps changes the color of text, not the background of the text box –  Jawad Jul 26 '12 at 20:54
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You must use the Direct Selection Tool - the White Pointer. If you use the Selection Tool (the black pointer) then the text color will change. –  Scott Jul 26 '12 at 20:56
    
Yes I am using the Direct Selection Tool. I am not making any mistake about it. White Mouse Arrow = Direct Selection Tool (A) –  Jawad Jul 26 '12 at 20:59
    
Thanks a Million. Accepted other answer but upvoted Yours. Thanks Again. –  Jawad Jul 26 '12 at 21:05

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