Did You Know: One Text Block From Many

Did you know you can combine separate Area text boxes and Point type objects by selecting all of them with the Selection tool, copying them, drawing a new Area text box and pasting? This might seem obvious or basic but it’s a really handy tip if you didn’t know about it. The text will flow into the box in the stacking order in which it had appeared. You also don’t have to worry about selecting other non-text elements because they won’t be pasted.

One Text Box From Many in Illustrator
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9 thoughts on “Did You Know: One Text Block From Many

  1. I tried this method and for some reason the text shuffled order and some of the text lost it formatting. Any idea why? I am using illustrator cc on Mac 10.10.05

  2. This is so great! I tried combining textboxes with the pathfinder without succes, than i looked it up and found this. Biggest timesever when working in Illustrator for me. Thanks a lot!

  3. Um… I DID NOT know that — what a time saver! I feel like a dummy now; Have been copy & pasting the inner text into new boxes one by one for years now. Thanks for the tip!

    • That’s how I felt when I learned about this tip! I feel like I have tried this before and it didn’t work. I wonder if it is a new feature in recent Illustrator versions.

      Anyone with a earlier version of Illustrator, I would love to hear if this works for you.

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