I can't grab text from just anywhere, I have to specifically click the text line or bounding box, is this new to cc illustrator or is there a setting for this?

example, there is a letter "B" in size 60 pt font, I am not able to click on the "B" itself, I have to find the line it sits on or its bounding box. Just gets tricky when there are so many type boxes in a design...thanks

  • Can you give us some visual examples?
    – Manly
    May 13, 2016 at 0:48
  • Sounds like it has something to do with the font itself – it may have strange line height or something
    – Alex
    May 13, 2016 at 2:55
  • Or maybe you have a effect on top of the object and the actual object is much smaller than what the effect lets you believe?
    – joojaa
    May 13, 2016 at 7:37

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I believe the setting is "Type Object Selection by Path Only" under the Type tab in Preferences. If that box is checked it will behave the way you are describing.

Path Only


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