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Illustrator randomly selects unrelated objects

Explorer ,
Feb 05, 2013 Feb 05, 2013

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About once  a day, when I click on an object with the direct selection tool, the bounding box will be way larger than it should, implying another object on another artboard is included in the selection.

This happens when the object I am selecting is NOT grouped with anything else. Moreover, is seems buggy because the mystery object doesnt have its "edges" visible the way it would if it were legitimately selected.

I can deselect all, but then anything I click on, the selection's bounding box is expanded to include the mystery object. The only way I have found to deal with it is to drag a corner of the bounding box, then undo, and then click off again. Then Voila! I am able to select my object (or any other) without the mystery selection happening.

I use clipping masks a lot, as well as many artboards, and have wondered if it's related to this, as the mystery objects are sometimes masked images, and often on another artboard. However, the mystery objects are not always masked.

Anyone else having this weird problem??

I had it with CS5, and hoped it would go away with CS6, but it has not.

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New Here , Aug 04, 2017 Aug 04, 2017

Select All (Command+A) ---> click on random object ---> then click on random area outside the artboard

Did it work for you?

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New Here , Sep 08, 2022 Sep 08, 2022

I have also just had this issue in what appears now to be an 8-year-old issue.

(I'm no Illustrator expert btw).

I solved it... through luck.

In my case, the box was linked (somehow) to a 2-letter text box which I had moved to another layer and then hidden. Somehow this 'shadow' from the text box was left behind. I didn't see a clipping mask in the layers box. When I selected it (or more normally I selected 'off' a different object) this item was left behind.

My suggestion is therefore: 

Select EVERYT

...

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 15, 2016 Jun 15, 2016

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I've also been experiencing this bizarre behaviour for years; finally getting fed up with it!

I found te_co's work around works well for me...

"select all and deselect using the deselect command from the menu bar. menu/select/deselect/"

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Engaged ,
Jun 15, 2016 Jun 15, 2016

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@danmacmahon -- Are you on a mac or a pc? I'm trying to compile some details for Adobe . . .

Allen

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 15, 2016 Jun 15, 2016

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@AllenCobb

I'm on a mac -- Using the latest Illustrator CC version

I have been experiencing this since about CS6 from memory.

At my previous workplace I was using CS5/5.5 and I don't recall this bug. That was around 4 years ago now.

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Engaged ,
Jun 15, 2016 Jun 15, 2016

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@danmacmahon -- thanks! So far I haven't had any responses from people on Wintel systems. It would be extremely useful to know if it's confined to one platform. I'm using trhe latest on a Wintel machine, and back through many CS versions, and I've never seen the problem. But I enjoy debugging things, and I'm hoping to help with this.

Anyone currently having this problem on a Wintel PC? Or is it unique to the Mac?

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Enthusiast ,
Jun 11, 2016 Jun 11, 2016

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Im on mac. The most consistent case where the bug appears for me is when i select multiple obects with at least 1 clipped image. Then i deselect that image by cross selecting. It doesnt happen if i desekect by clicking directly on it. ive trained myself to not deselect clipped images by cross selection.

Also. Do other people happen to have cadtools? I think it might have something to do with it.

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New Here ,
Jul 12, 2016 Jul 12, 2016

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Hey Everyone,

This issue has been has been plaguing me for years and apparently everyone else, considering this thread has been open for 3 years now. So, I think I have found a solution!!! I am not sure if this solves everyones use case but I hope it does.

Here is my fix. It looks like the issue has to do with Illustrator thinking guides are vector objects. And if you delete a guide and do not click delete twice when illustrator will leave the anchor points of the guides at the end of your files canvas (not artboard.) For some reason illustrator decides to attache these anchor point randomly to you vector objects, hence the ghost anchor point issue.

So the solution is turn on your guides (View>Guides>Show Guides), zoom all the way out and select all! If you find a few pesky random anchor points laying around, chances are they are culprits causing the issue. Delete them along along with your guides and I think your problem will be solved, it sure does for me!

Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Cheers!

-Chris

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Explorer ,
Nov 22, 2016 Nov 22, 2016

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you are absolutely right about this issue with guides. I do feel it is a separate issue. I have ad both issues. They may be related but I do not think so. because the large box does not entirely go to the edge of the pasteboard. Also after investigation, it does not have guides that were previously deleted and left anchor points.

2 Separate issues and I have had both. I am on a Mac running CC 2017, Just released Fall 2016. I have had the large box issue for years and the guides issue for say a year, I'm guessing.

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New Here ,
Nov 23, 2016 Nov 23, 2016

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I've had this same issue, over and over.

Everyone presuming there's another cause, there isn't. It's just a weird glitch.

I just fixed mine however, using a modified tip from another poster.

I clicked the empty space to the right of the selection indicator a couple of times and voila - the issue fixed itself.

I was one of those who kept restarting or fought to not throw the laptop. Now I'll just click to the right of the selection indicato

Adobe asked me to rate their forums just now. I let them know to come check out this thread and get us an answer/fix. But, we'll see what happens...

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Explorer ,
Dec 22, 2016 Dec 22, 2016

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Great workaround, thank you very much!

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New Here ,
Feb 08, 2017 Feb 08, 2017

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Man this is so annoying. How can they not pick this up. Surely by now they can fix this. Quickest fix though is double clicking the object and clicking out, but how annoying.

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Engaged ,
Feb 09, 2017 Feb 09, 2017

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In this screenshot, the object is selected and is not able to be unselected. It's selection does not show up in the layers panel. So sick of this frequently occurring bug. Makes the shift to figma/ sketch so much easier.

Screen Shot 2017-02-10 at 5.49.54 pm.png

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Explorer ,
Mar 06, 2017 Mar 06, 2017

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I think this is it.. I manually hid objects - Object>Hide selection. Somehow those objects were getting included in my marquee. I moved everything to a new layer and "found" the bounding box oddity. It's the first time i've had it and don't generally hide individual objects like this - guess this may the answer?

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New Here ,
Jun 29, 2017 Jun 29, 2017

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THINK I FOUND THE SOLUTION!! (if you use guides)

So I had the same issue and also noticed alignments where getting messed up when I tried to align multiple objects. Objects would go all over the place and to the edge of bounding box sometimes (not artboard).

I decided to copy grouped objects over to a new file to test. I then noticed that the guides had also copied over even though they were hidden. I realized they were being selected because I had them unlocked!

I always assumed guides hidden weren't selectable, but they are! And even worse... selecting them accidentally with objects--when you drag around an object(s)-- doesn't even show them being selected!! This seems ridiculous but it's true.

Once I locked my guides again everything worked as it should. Selecting objects was back to normal. So...

1) Check if you have any guides in the doc (View - Guides - Show/Hide)

2) Make sure guides are LOCKED before moving around/selecting objects

Cheers,

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Engaged ,
Jun 29, 2017 Jun 29, 2017

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Glad it was a guides issue for you but this is definitely not a guides issue for me.

It has something to do with image masks although not every time.

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 04, 2017 Aug 04, 2017

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Claim submitted on Feb 5, 2013. Now it's Aug 4, 2017 and the problem is still not solved?!?
I am also having this problem since multiple artboards were introduced, C4 < ...
Too many screenshots were posted showing the problem and it is obvious that there is a miserable bug somewhere

AdobeSupport​ please help us!

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New Here ,
Aug 04, 2017 Aug 04, 2017

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Select All (Command+A) ---> click on random object ---> then click on random area outside the artboard

Did it work for you?

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 04, 2017 Aug 04, 2017

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Hey! Thanks for the tip. I will try it when it happens. Cz actually I can't control it. It just suddenly happens!
Will leave you feedback about it.

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 08, 2017 Aug 08, 2017

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Just tried it and it works!!! Thank you for the tip
However, I hope that this issue will be solved by Adobe team in a way that never appears again!

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 18, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

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Same problem here, everyday, since 2017

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 13, 2020 Jan 13, 2020

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2020 and it's still happening. Way to go, Adobe. 😐

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New Here ,
May 27, 2020 May 27, 2020

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May 2020 ... installed the tryout for Illustrator today and having an issue with selecting anything. Wherever my cursor is, the actual selection is happening a few inches above, so you have to guess where to put the cursor to actually select what you want.  

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Explorer ,
Nov 30, 2017 Nov 30, 2017

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I've also been experiencing this for years, on several different versions of Illustrator (CS3, CS5, CC) and on OSX and Windows.

The latest occurrence involved a locked object in a locked layer. That locked object was perpetually selected. I was able to pin down where it was by the color of the bounding box. I then unlocked that layer and unlocked all in that layer.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 21, 2017 Dec 21, 2017

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Although SwetaKrause's"solution" works (thanks for figuring that out btw) it's not a solution it's a work around. As of yesterday CC 2018 still has this issue.

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 14, 2020 Aug 14, 2020

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its something related to the clipping mask, when erase the clips, the glitched selection edges disappear

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 06, 2018 Feb 06, 2018

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I had the same problem with a file that someone gave me. It turned out that there where a few guides that were grouped with a few elements on the page. The guides were hidden so I couldn't see them but they were still able to be selected.

So, if the solution above doesn't work, check to make sure you don't have any guides on the page.

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