I am trying to do something simple that I've done a million times in Photoshop CS5 -- create a text box with some text inside. But something is going wrong and I can't quite figure it out...
Notice how the text box is now much larger than the text displayed. I would like to make this text box as wide as the guide aligned with the "Donate" box.
... But when I pull the right middle handlebar in slightly, look what happens to the text:
Any idea what's going on here?
Did the text come from an email or a word processor? Try cutting and pasting the text into a word processor. Opt for showing all the formatting marks, such as spaces, paragraphs, etc. Delete everything but the text and necessary spaces. Paste it back into a new text box created to the size you want with the text tool. It should now flow to the size of the box. The other option is to retype the text into a properly sized text box, making sure not to use the return button at all. I know this answer doesn't specifically address what is wrong with the box you show, but it should get the text into the shape you want.
What bobmepp said. You have extraneous characters. Contrary to common perception, spaces, tabs and otehr whitespaces are characters, too. just because they produce no rendered pixels doesn't mean they don't figure into the equation...