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Where it says type (see pic), I need it to say path

I am trying to offset a path and it is not working. I believe my problem lies where it says "type".

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    Are you trying to offset your path using Object > Path > Offset path or something different? – curious May 19 '18 at 23:12
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Maybe there's a mistake. Look at your image, the top left info is about character and paragraph, this never appears when a shape is selected.

Here two apparent equal paths:

paths

When the green is selected, the top left indicates this is a Rectangle.

rectangle

When the red is selected, the top left indicates Type, because is a Text Frame. If you touch a shape with the Text Tool immediately is converted to a Text Frame. That's why you can not do some modifications.

textframe

To make changes to a Text Frame Path, select it with the Direct Selection Tool, the white pointer.

path

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    ok got it. i knew there was a simple solution. i spend 'so much' time trying to figure it out. thank you! – Becky May 20 '18 at 18:20

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