How to "unlock" a text box, so that resizing it will give me more room for text, instead of changing the text size

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How to "unlock" a text box, so that resizing it will give me more room for text, instead of changing the text size.

I'm working on an existing document in Adobe Illustrator, and when I go to resize an existing text box, all it does is stretch the font to a new size, INSTEAD of giving me a wider margin so that I can type more text.

Note:  I can add text inside the box, I just can't resize the margins (to give me more room for text).
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Resize the box with the type tool, not the selection tool. If clicking on the text with the type tool doesn't produce a box you have point text, not paragraph text.

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Thanks, but I'm not able to resize the text box with the T tool.  Don't you always have to go to the Selection tool to resize a text-box?

Please note when I use the T tool, I can click inside the text box, and modify text in there, and also change the font.  But no handles show up to change the text box size using the T tool.

With the selection tool, handles to change the text box size do show up.  The problem is, when I use them to alter the text box size, the text proportionally shrinks or grows in size -- instead of simply reformatting/giving me more room to add text.

Please note: when I create a text box from scratch, I CAN change its size to give me more room to add text on a line -- that works fine.

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? Per GlennHarris response above: what is "point text" vs. "paragraph text"?

When I create a text box from scratch, I select a font and a point size.  I can then go in and resize the text box, only using the Selection tool (not the T tool), and the text flows as is expected -- IT DOES NOT CHANGE SIZE.  
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Point text is when you just click once with the type tool. Paragraph text is when you click and drag a box with the type tool.
You could copy your point text into a paragraph text box.

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Thanks so much, I wouldn't have figured that out in a million years, and the on-line tutorials and help I went through did not show this very basic concept.  THANK YOU.

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Thanks so much, I on-line documentation missing in this basic Illustrator text concept.

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