This has been going on for a while. Randomly, there are days when the "select same ___" commands (keyboard and using the dropdown menu) don't work. So if I have a bunch of items the same color and I try to select same fill color, nothing happens. Same for any of the other select commands. However, if I enter isolation mode all of the commands work. I've tried restarting AI and it only sometimes helps. Current version of Mac OS and current version of AI, but it's been happening for months.
Any help on getting this very annoying and time-consuming bug worked out?
Sorry to hear about your experience. Would you mind trying resetting your preferences (https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/kb/troubleshoot-preference-issues.html#:~:text=on%20your%20devic...) and see if that helps?
Also, would you mind confirming sharing a few details like:
We are here to help. We just need more info,
Thanks & Regards,
Tried resetting preferences to no avail.
Specs are: Mac OS Monterey 12.4, AI v26.3.1. No antivirus or other third-party plugins or any other extensions.
It comes and goes on files, sometimes it's a problem when I open it, sometimes not. I was having it on this file so attaching, not sure if it will persist but it's attached to try.
If the file you are trying to attach is an .ai file it won't work. Please use a file sharing site like Dropbox and post the link here.
Thanks for sharing the file @AreliMedia. I am unable to replicate the issue in a new file. However, with your file, the issue is replicable. So, I went ahead and opened the file in v24.0 and found out that layers have a clipping path. That's why "Select Same" was not working. I have corrected that in the attached PDF file.
Would you mind sharing your workflow of how you are creating these files?
A small recording would be really useful.
Also, I would recommend you follow the suggestion of @MikeGondek mentioned below.
Looking forward to your response.
Thanks & Regards,
Try using Select >> Same >> Appearance. That works for me on your file. The other way that works for me is to copy all and paste into a clean new file. You must have some bad code in the headers, or either yourcomputer adds some bad code when creating a new file.
Do not edit in .pdf, use .ai for editing.
When you say, for a while, do you mean since an update?
Try creating a new user on your mac and install there... I'm not on a mac but I see this solution to a lot of mac problems on the forum...
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It's a remarkable sample file. As far as I can see there are two rotten eggs that cause the stoppage of the Select > Same > Fill Colour command: The two point type objects whose names start with "Option 2 …" and "Option 1 …", both located in the main layer called "info".
You can do a couple of things to somehow fix the issue in the actual file. It's rather mysterious, for example:
- Hide both type objects
- Lock both type objects
- Completely remove both type objects
- Convert both type objects to paths
- Convert both type objects to symbols
- Apply one unique colour (e.g. only black) to both type objects
- Drag the layer "info" below the layer "Artwork"
- Drag the rotten eggs below the circles inside the "Artwork" layer
In all cases the Select > Same > Fill Colour command will work again as expected.