CS3, change text bounding box size. - Adobe illustrator

This is a discussion on CS3, change text bounding box size. - Adobe illustrator ; I guess I am a rookie here as far as Illustrator goes. I have a text box, that has too much text in it so I see the text + symbol in the bounding box. Using either the selection tool ...

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CS3, change text bounding box size.

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    I guess I am a rookie here as far as Illustrator goes. I have a text box, that has too much text in it so I see the text + symbol in the bounding box. Using either the selection tool or the direct selection tool just moves the box, it doesn't resize it. I've tried dragging anchors and the bounding box midway between anchors where the cursor shows path. Reading in this forum problems with CS3, I've closed all my Internet apps and rebooted. What it the trick? Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

    As far as enlarging objects proportionally I have found the easiest is to drag an anchor and make sure it shows 'uniform', as holding down the shift key doesn't seem to work as many have said.

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    You must use the Direct Selection tool (open arrow) and click on the edge of the text box. Make sure that the text is not underlined when you have made your selection. The Shift key does work to constrain movement.

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    Yep, Larry's right. Text and its box can be regarded as two grouped objects. The white arrow "Direct Selection" tool is the one to use when selecting individual anchor points and path edges. Alternatively you can select just the text box and use the Transform palette to re-size it if you know exactly what size you want it to be.

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    Huh? Is this point text or area text? If the latter, the selection tool will resize the bounding box when a handle is dragged so you can display the overflow. It will move box and enclosed text if any other spot is dragged and not resize the box.

    I'll assume Paul is either working with point text or with area text but not dragging a handle?

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    He's saying it's area text. If you're like me, you always use the Direct Select tool (and NEVER use the black arrow). Clicking on the type's baseline selects the entire text box, the type included. Now you can drag the type around by that baseline (assuming you have baseline selection turned on in prefs), or by the bounding box edges.

    Hold down the Command key and the cursor changes into the regular black arrow Selection Tool (though I never think of it that way - it's the DS tool with different funcionality). Handles appear on the text box corners and the sides, and you can drag them to change the size of the container and reflow the type.

    If you are editing the type, you see the I-beam text insertion cursor, and it can't be used to resize the box. But hold down the Command key, and the cursor changes to the DS tool, and you can use it to directly drag any of the box's sides (use Shift to constrain) to reflow the text.

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    have an additional question: I cant seem to resize any of my objects, (not only text) by stretching the bounding boxes. it just lets me drag them around, but i cant modify their sizes at all manually. All i see when i click on an object is the bounding box with two white squares (one on the bottom left corner and one on the upper right corner. No stretching arrows appear when i place my cursor above the bounding box squares....please, any help will be appreciated since i am not a very experienced user.

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    move your cursor to the anchor point and when cursor changes to double headed arrow press the mouse button and move the mouse and the text box should get resized.

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