Converting Text to Outlines - Illustrator CS5
STEP 1: To convert text to outlines, go to: Select - All
STEP 2: Select Type - Create Outlines from the menu.
The text will become outlined and can't be edited as text.
Final Outcome: Now that the line beneath the text has gone, the text characters have editable paths, or outlines, around them - they are no longer text, but vector graphics, and can be edited.