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Mysterious text boxes

Apr 6, 2013 5:36 PM

Tags: #cs5 #indesign #text_boxes #grouped_text_lines

I am sure I pressed something on the keyboard by accident, and I hope someone can explain to me how to make text boxes look normal again.

 

On one page in my forthcoming book, when I click on any text box there, a dashed box appears around it, as if it's been grouped.  I've just now discovered that a solid-line box appears around each LINE of type, and there is no way to edit the type line (not that I want to, but the cursor doesn't even show).

 

I can retype everything, because there isn't much on the page, but:

     what does all of this mean?

     how did I get there?  (I love keystroke commands, btw) and

     is there a way to get rid of all of this?

 

Thanks!

 
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    Apr 6, 2013 5:37 PM   in reply to ceilr

    Screenshot please.

     
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    Apr 6, 2013 6:14 PM   in reply to ceilr

    Which operating system are you running?

     
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    Apr 7, 2013 6:54 AM   in reply to ceilr

    It sounds to me like you converted the text to outlines accidentally. That would happen if you have a text frame selected and press Ctrl + Shift + O. Unless you are in a position to step backwards using Undo, you're in trouble.

     
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    Apr 7, 2013 7:11 AM   in reply to Peter Spier

    That dashed box around the frame wouldn't indicate that to me. If it was a thick dash, it could be converted to a button or an MSO.

     

    Bob

     
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    Apr 7, 2013 7:20 AM   in reply to Bob Levine

    Outlined Text.png

    This is a group of three individual frames that contain outlined text reulting from selecting the original text frame and converting to outlines. I think it matches the ceilr's description exactly...

     
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    Apr 7, 2013 7:25 AM   in reply to Peter Spier

    I guess I should go stand in the corner?

     

    Bob

     
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    Apr 7, 2013 7:46 AM   in reply to Bob Levine

    Nah. It's too nice outside.

     

    But try not to overthink. It's not that hard to imagine hitting Crtl/Shift/O accidentally, especially with thick fingers like mine, but I don't believe there are default KB shortcuts for buttons or MSOs, so it would be pretty hard to make those accidentally.

     
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    Apr 7, 2013 10:22 AM   in reply to ceilr

    An easy way to get a screenshot in Windows:

     

    1 Go to Start (the window icon at the bottom left corner of the screen)

    2) Type Snipping

    3)You'll see the Snipping Tool appear on top - click on it

    4) Your screen will turn opaque and your mouse cursor will turn into a cross.

    5) Select with your mouse your whole screen (click and hold on the upper left corner and go all the way to the bottom right corner, then release the mouse)

    6) Save the file to your desktop

    7) Post file

     
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