I am completely unable to "paint" text with the type tool.

What I mean by painting is I can't click and drag to select the text, therefore I can't select specific parts of the text to modify and I can't move the text around when using Type on a path, among other things.

  • maybe you locked it? Try Object menu > Unlock All
    – MG_
    Jan 13, 2020 at 11:11
  • No, I have nothing locked. Same issue with all text assets I have. I can modify the text all I want, it's just I can't select it, which means that I can't move it when using Type on a path for example.
    – mntblnk
    Jan 13, 2020 at 11:33
  • Sounds like it's not actual editable text, but has been converted to outlines.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jan 13, 2020 at 12:25
  • Locked layer maybe? Show us a screenshot with the layers panel open.
    – Lucian
    Jan 13, 2020 at 12:30
  • BTW it's not called "paint" - you are trying to highlight the text.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jan 13, 2020 at 12:44

2 Answers 2


Maybe your layers are locked. You can't do any edits to locked layers.

Hit F7 and check the layers panel.


"I can modify the text all I want, it's just I can't select it"

The fact that you can modify the text, would indicate that perhaps the highlighting may simply be turned off.

View > Show Edges may show the highlighting you are expecting.

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