can't open the illustration. There is not enough room for the window; increase document area and try

Community Beginner ,
Apr 07, 2010 Apr 07, 2010

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Hi,

I'm in CS4 and trying to open an eps file and get the message:

Can't open the illustration. There is not enough room for the window; increase document area and try again.

The file won't even open, and I've never had this message before. Does anyone know how to fix or deal with this?

Thanks,

Michael

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Community Beginner , Jul 01, 2014 Jul 01, 2014
I've just had the same problem. The illustrator windows shrunk and and said won't open it but then if you maximize the window it will do. WEIIIIIRRDDD but works!

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Explorer ,
Nov 20, 2013 Nov 20, 2013

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To update on this issue, it appears that I can only open an illustrator file using the file>open, route. But I am able to open files when the document window is not maxamised in the application window.

This is such a weird bug

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Explorer ,
Nov 20, 2013 Nov 20, 2013

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I just tried when the illustrator window is not maximized and it opens

files, but when the illustrator is maximized, it gives an error, maximized

window shrinks to tiny where the only top tabs appear.

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Explorer ,
Nov 20, 2013 Nov 20, 2013

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Its so strange, the bug keeps changing! Also doesn't work when you try and open a file by going Open>with from your finder of documents window, only works if you open it through illustrator

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Explorer ,
May 14, 2014 May 14, 2014

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I have the same bug as rebeccatelrock.

It is really annoying.

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New Here ,
May 20, 2014 May 20, 2014

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same problem here with windows7, cs6 and a Dell Laptop. The issue only happens when the window is maximized, otherwise documents open fine, but obviously this isn't optimal since I always work in fullscreen view...

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New Here ,
May 22, 2014 May 22, 2014

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A coworker having the same issue explained that it's related to A. having multiple monitors and B) closing documents with the vs through the file menu. He's been able to avoid this issue by closing documents by not x-ing out.

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Explorer ,
Jun 17, 2014 Jun 17, 2014

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Ahhh I was using multiple monitors when I had this issue. I now work of a single screen and have no had the issue reoccur since.

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 01, 2014 Jul 01, 2014

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I've just had the same problem. The illustrator windows shrunk and and said won't open it but then if you maximize the window it will do. WEIIIIIRRDDD but works!

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New Here ,
Aug 15, 2014 Aug 15, 2014

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Yep, Same here. Same "Solution"

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New Here ,
Sep 10, 2020 Sep 10, 2020

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Omg it really works! thank you for saving my life

 

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Explorer ,
Sep 18, 2014 Sep 18, 2014

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This is ridiculous. I'm always abruptly stopped in the middle of my creative flow to mess around and have to drag the file using Alt+Tab to the top of the workspace. I don't know why it's so annoying, it just seems like a small detail that Adobe can take care of. I often have a train of thought going on, and I have to re-orient myself after experiencing the error.

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New Here ,
Oct 31, 2014 Oct 31, 2014

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My Solution for this is to ... before opening your file , you must go to last tab in the illustrator , then open the file , all is ok

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New Here ,
Jun 02, 2015 Jun 02, 2015

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Using Adobe Illustrator CS6 on Windows 8.1. Same problem. Fixed by using File->Open instead of opening normally by clicking on file.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 02, 2015 Jun 02, 2015

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Found fix here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcpOrozyrWA

Resize the window from its small size to a larger size (don't maximize).

Try opening the file again.

Worked for me!

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Explorer ,
Jun 08, 2015 Jun 08, 2015

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I don't get that error anymore thankfully, but I was just dragging and dropping for the time being. Nothing else worked otherwise.

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New Here ,
Apr 20, 2016 Apr 20, 2016

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Here is my solution:

1: When Tab AI is Min like the picture -> Use mouse and drag at the bottom right  -> Follow the narrow

2: Use explore

3: Open your file AI

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New Here ,
May 09, 2017 May 09, 2017

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The key is to make the minimized window just a little smaller than the maximized. I was having this problem when launching a smart object from photoshop. It would always take it to the minimized window and give me an error.

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Explorer ,
Jun 06, 2018 Jun 06, 2018

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Illustrator CC under Windows 10, when opening a file from file explorer by hitting enter it happens every, one, two files. very annoying especially illustrator is in maxed out window and by hitting enter on a file to open it, illustrator's window shrinks and this error pops out. since this is CC and people reported it back in CS4 seems like we can't hope for a quick fix and meanwhile, I should maybe learn to open files the way Adobe considers the right way and does not trigger the error?

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New Here ,
Dec 03, 2018 Dec 03, 2018

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Guess this isn't getting fixed. 8 years now 😕

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Oct 01, 2020 Oct 01, 2020

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Ten years and counting...

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Feb 14, 2021 Feb 14, 2021

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guys, there is a video on youtube that guides you on how to fix this problem
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcpOrozyrWA

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