Align to Key Object Illustrator 25.2.1 Not Working

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Apr 02, 2021 Apr 02, 2021

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Hi!  The align to key object is not functioning properly.  It didn't work for a while and I came back later and it worked for about 3 or 4 times.  Now, after restart (computer and app), it won't work at all.  I'm on a deadline for a project and it's urgently needed.  Please help!

 

*Using MacBook Pro Illustrator - Current updated version

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Adobe Community Professional , Apr 02, 2021 Apr 02, 2021
It is rather seldom that I recommend to trash the entire Illustrator Preferences file.   But in this case it may be worth a try.   Make a backup of the Preferences file before you trash it.  

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Apr 02, 2021 Apr 02, 2021

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What do you mean by "not functioning properly"?

 

Please elaborate and provide some screenshots that may explain the issue.

 

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It doesn't consistently work...sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't, MOST times it doesn't.  This is one of my most used tools becasue I design paper goods and the past couple of updates have, bascially, rendered it useless on the whole.  I've shut down, restarted (both app and computer), uninstalled, installed, updated.  I have no idea what's going on with it.

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For further clarity...it will not select the key object (and highlight it).  It only selects both objects (words, text, etc) and aligns to the artboard....no matter if you select artboard, key object, or selection.  It's like there is no other option. I've tried on the panel and shortcut menu. They both react the same.

 

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It is rather seldom that I recommend to trash the entire Illustrator Preferences file.

 

But in this case it may be worth a try.

 

Make a backup of the Preferences file before you trash it.

 

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That seemed to work and fingers crossed, it continues.

Thanks so much!!

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