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I have a hard time figuring out how to change the outline color of a text box. Whether I pick the textbox icon, or the box icon, I don't find a way to change it. So the point is 1. apparently it is not straighforward, and 2. How can it be done?

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If you're applying a border to a text frame, it's done via the Text Frame panel: View > Studio > Text Frame

On the other hand, if you're trying to change the color of the blue frame that's displayed to show you the bounds of the text frame, I don't think you can do that.


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On 9/11/2018 at 11:21 PM, walt.farrell said:

On the other hand, if you're trying to change the color of the blue frame that's displayed to show you the bounds of the text frame, I don't think you can do that.

Actually you can. If you put the object into a layer, then right-click on the layer in the Layers panel, there is a menu option Properties. That lets you set a layer colour which tools will use for all objects in that layer.

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2 hours ago, Dave Harris said:

If you put the object into a layer, then right-click on the layer in the Layers panel, there is a menu option Properties.

Hi Dave,

The only time Properties option appears in the contextual menu is when you click on a layer in Layer Panel created by Master Pages. And even then you only get scaling options and not the colour for a layer. I could be missing something here of course. :-)
 

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Seneca,
You can also create a layer yourself clicking on the 5th icon (left to right) on the bottom of the Layers panel. If you are not seeing the Properties entry in the contextual menu on the layer created by the master pages when you right-click on it, click the small arrow on the bottom of that menu (it should display one there - see screenshot below) to expand/show the rest of the entries.

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20 minutes ago, MEB said:

You can also create a layer yourself clicking on the 5th icon

Thanks MEB,

It might be helpful to also add this option to layers created automatically by Publisher like when adding a text box, etc, and change the colour later.
It seems to me that this is the way layers are added to Publisher most naturally.

 

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