I am using Adobe Illustrator 2017 and when I use my selection tool to click text I dont see the font name come up near where the character and paragraph buttons normally are. The only way I can see the font name and change the font is if I click character. How can I fix this?
You must be using a 13" laptop or similar. The interface adapts to smaller screens and some panels get collapsed into simple buttons. To reach the font name you need to click the Character link just above your question mark, which is normally expanded and visible on displays over 15".
On the right side of the Menu Bar is a pull down menu where you can switch on/off some of the entries. If you just switch off
Transform which might give you enough space to show you the full text tools.
Transform can easily be accessed via
Window > Transform.