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How can I select part of a word?

Apr 2, 2012 6:37 PM

This is really, really dumb. I'm in Illustrator CS5 on Mac OC X 10.7.3. I have a word.

 

       PIPIIonline

 

I just want to select the "II" and make them Italics, like:

 

       PIPIIonline

 

but Illustrator will not allow me - no matter what I try to select the two "II" characters. Any suggestions?

 

Thanks. Rick

 
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    Apr 2, 2012 6:51 PM   in reply to Shiesl

    Is the word definitely a text object? Is the text object locked? Can you place the insertion point into the word? If so, and you put it behind the second 'P', hold down Shift and press the right arrow key twice, what happens?

     
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    Apr 2, 2012 7:34 PM   in reply to Shiesl

    The problem maybe that you have the option to select Type by Path only enabled.

     

    If so disable it

     

    here is a video in case you do not understand what I wrote.

     

    http://www.wadezimmerman.com/videos/TypeSelection.mov

     
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    Apr 2, 2012 8:31 PM   in reply to Shiesl

    If you are using an OpenType font and have ligatures enabled it may be your problem. Check in the Text panel (Cmd(Ctrl)-T and go to the Open Type tab. Disable ligatures and try again.

     
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    Apr 2, 2012 9:03 PM   in reply to Shiesl

    This might be a simpler problem than we have been considering.

     

    Go to View-Show Edges

     

    See if that changes anything.

     
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    Apr 3, 2012 6:06 AM   in reply to Shiesl

    You';re welcome!

     

    It is a common error and as you see it even went by experience users at first because the feature though useful at times is not used that much and the keyboard shortcut is easy to accidentally invoke.

     

    And I aghree until it happens to you it is something you would probably not know.

     

    Glad that that was the problem.

     

    BTW if you ever need to hide the edges on purpose keep in mind that the text or objects do actually get selected only you can't see it.

     
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    Apr 3, 2012 9:37 AM   in reply to Shiesl

    A consistent set of rules and criteria would be helpful.

     
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