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Align tool not working in Illustrator

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Oct 13, 2020

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Hey,

Can someone help me please, cause I´m loosing my mind. I´m unable to align an ellipse and a regtangle. What setting have I wrong? I´m using align tools and the result is this. It doesn´t let me align them manually eather. 

Thank you in advance! I´m sure there is easy way out, I just don´t know it yet! 🙂

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Align tool not working in Illustrator

Community Beginner ,
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Hey,

Can someone help me please, cause I´m loosing my mind. I´m unable to align an ellipse and a regtangle. What setting have I wrong? I´m using align tools and the result is this. It doesn´t let me align them manually eather. 

Thank you in advance! I´m sure there is easy way out, I just don´t know it yet! 🙂

saaras26824234_0-1602576025755.png

 

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Saara,

 

I believe you have a Transform Effect (Move down to the left) applied to the square/rectangle, which you can find and delete in the Appearance palette.

 

Or Illy believes you have, and she is always eager to help.

 

Or you have a corrupt document or a general corruption.

 

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Thank you, Jacob. I think I managed to work with it now.

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Is this happening with all files or just one? Do you have guides drawn near the objects? If so, make sure that all of the Snap Options under the View Menu are not checked. You say that you are using "align tools". If this means that you are using something other than the Align options in the Align Panel then use the Align Panel instead.

If this is a problem of program corruption then try trashing your Illustrator preferences.

To do so:

For Macintosh Users: The User Library folder in which Illustrator’s preferences are stored is hidden by default on most Macintoshes. To access it make sure that Illustrator is closed and click on the desktop to launch a Finder Window (Command-N).With this window in column view follow the path User>Home folder (it’s the folder with an icon that looks like a house—it may have the user’s name rather than “Home”) and click on the Home folder. With the Option Key pressed choose Library from the Finder Go Menu. “Library” will now appear within the Home folder. Within the Library folder find the folder called Preferences and within it find the folder called “Adobe Illustrator <Version #> Settings” (earlier versions of Illustrator might just say “Adobe Illustrator”) and the file called “com.adobe.Illustrator.plist” and delete both that folder and that file. When Illustrator is next launched it will create new preference files and the program will be restored to its defaults.

For Windows Users: You can try the quick way of resetting on a PC which is to hold down Ctrl + Alt + Shift when launching Illustrator and respond affirmatively when asked if you want to reset. There have been some recent reports that the window asking if you want to reset is not popping up but that the prefs are being reset anyway. If this works great but if it doesn’t you may have to manually delete them.

To do so: On Windows 7 and above the preference files are hidden. To find them go to the Control Panel and open Folder Options and then click the View tab. Then select “Show hidden files and folders” or “Show hidden files, folders or drive options” in Advanced Settings. Then delete (or rename) the folder at the end of this path: C:\Users\[User Name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator [version number]\ Settings\<Language>. Make sure that Illustrator is closed when you do this. When you relaunch the program it will create new preference files and the program will be at its default settings.

The advantage of manually deleting preference files is that after you’ve reset up the program (make sure that no document window is open) to your liking, you can create copies of your personalized “mint” preference files (make sure that you quit the program before copying them—that finalizes your customization) and use them in the future to replace any corrupt versions you may need to delete.

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Hi Bill!

 

Thank you for your total response. I think it was so simple I had "snap to grid" command on. But I´m not using Illustrator everyday so I didn´t remember where to find it! So far it seemed to help. Thank you! I will safe this for further use if something comes up.

 

Br, Saara

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For my part you are welcome, Saara.

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