A strange problem with a relatively easy fix. Mac only, as far as I know.
If you ever open up Illustrator and instead of File, Edit, Object, etc… menus, you see something like “$$$/_MBAR/Mnu/VisibleMenuBar/” for each of the menus, it’s because unless you have the ME (Middle Eastern) version of Illustrator, there are a few languages Illustrator just can’t handle. Hebrew and Arabic. They can’t even be on the list.
It looks something like this:
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Sometimes you have reason to hide the points of your object. Maybe you’re making changes to your stroke width, maybe you’re adding a subtle effect, maybe you just find the selection color to be distracting.
The bounding box is the part of the move tool (V, the black arrow) that allows you to resize your entire object as opposed to one point at a time. It can get turned off by mistake sometimes leaving you wondering why you can’t resize objects.
For this to make sense, you might want to refer back to the previous posts on the Appearance Panel.
Once you’ve read over those 3 posts, download this file and have at it. You might like to adjust the stroke some to make the “holes” a bit more realistic.
This is live editable text, made awesome, by the appearance panel.