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I think I accidentally pressed a keyboard shortcut or something and now when I move an anchor point or a handle with the direct selection tool, all the anchor points and the path that isn't directly on each side of the point I am moving disappear until I let go of the mouse button. I am used to seeing the path and points of an object the entire time while adjusting an anchor point. I have looked through the keyboard shortcuts and I can't find anything that would seem to fix this. I have already tried restarting Illustrator and that didn't help.
Go to the View menu. Select "Show Edges"?
I have already tried that. The path is visible when I select the path or a point. But then the path and all other points disappear except for the two points directly to each side of the selected point and the section of path connecting those points. The path and all points become visible again when I release the mouse button.
For example: If I select the top point of a pentagon and I drag that point, only the top point and the point to the left and the right are visible with their connecting paths. The bottom two points disappear and so does the bottom 3 paths. (I hope that was understandable.)
Thank you! All my paths disappeared on my design and this just saved me!:-)
I tried resetting my preferences and it did not help. I am still having the same problem. Is there anything else I can try?
Did you find the solution? I recently upgraded Illustrator and have the same problem of the anchor points disappearing when I begin to move an object. This is a problem because I can't line objects up perfectly since I don't know where the exact middle is. Thanks for the help!
Any solution to this? I have the same problem and Show Edges does not help since the Anchor Points are visible until selected and moved, which is when they dispappear. That applies for all Anchor Points in the Artwork, not only the selected ones.
This occurs in the latest version 24.2.3 and I actually still have 23.1.1 on my Mac and when I open the same file in that version, the Anchor Points are visible when moved with the direct selection tool. Bug?
Can you record and post a short video that shows the behaviour in Illustrator 23.1.1 (the "correct" behaviour as per your description)?
I'm asking because as long as I can remember Illustrator's standard or normal behaviour was to just show the anchor point that was moved and the two adjacent points (the supposed "wrong" behaviour).
Are you using a mouse or some other input device?
Try turning off Real-Time Drawing and Editing in Performance.
Thanks. Turning off Real-Time Drawing fixed the problem.
this immediately relieved my headaches, many thanks!!!!!
Ahh, thank you. That solved it for me as well.
A fogotten "Control + H"? I've fooled myself with that one.
Go to Preferences, Performance then uncheck Real-Time Drawing and Editing