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I can answer question 1, at least.
Object > Content
From there, you can choose Text, Graphic or Unassigned.
I don't really understand the second question, though. Screen shots might help.
(1) Cut the text out of the Text Frame (select All and Edit > Cut). Then select the frame with the Selection tool and choose Object > Content > Unassigned
Thank you so much!!! That is going to save me a lot of time. I also went into Edit > Preferences > Type and unchecked "Typetool Converts Frames to Text Frames." That helped a lot
Thank you too, Steve!
In Adobe Illustrator CC 2018 you can now change Text-boxes to line type like this:
1. Choose the textbox
2. Type > Convert to Point Type
There you go :-)
Now your textbox is made of simple lines of text.
I searched for guide "illustrator convert textbox to text line" and found this thread.
Kind regards Mark Barner
Also, if anyone can tell me, whenever I manually cover my text frames with rectangle
You can use Edit>Paste In Place to clone any object. So select the text frame>Copy>Paste In Place, then set the content of the cloned frame to Unassigned.