how do you enter a precise width to a paragraph without deforming it... if you rezise manualy it doesnt strech, but if you have for example a 180px width paragraph and enter 30px in transform box or properties bar it gets streched.
I have some text boxes and need all to be same exact widths.
Grab the Rectangle Tool and click in the screen; input your desired size. (Get rid of fill and stroke if necessary.) Now grab the Type Tool, click on the edge of your box, and type. Pretty simple.
You can also resize the box after text is entered, by using the Direct Select tool on box points (constrain with shift).
Just in case you're overlooking an important detail:
In the Area Type Options dialog you can effectively set the absolute width of multiple area type objects in one step. When your selection contains text objects with varying widths, the corresponding Width field in the Area Type Options dialog is greyed out, such that you may think you're not allowed to enter a number. But that is not true. It is just greyed out in order to indicate that the selected objects are not all of the same width.
Nonetheless you can enter the desired width into the greyed out field and therefore do a Transform Each command. That does also work if the selected text objects are grouped.