Splitting Text in Illustrator

Splitting text so that you can manipulate each letter individually.


After searching for ages to find an answer:

If you want each character as a separate object, you need to create separate text objects for each character.

Type > Create Outlines will convert the text object to vector shapes, then each shape can be manipulated.

Object > Expand will convert text in an envelope to vector shapes, which can then be manipulated individually.