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can't open the illustration. There is not enough room for the window; increase document area and try

New Here ,
Apr 07, 2010

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Hi,

I'm in CS4 and trying to open an eps file and get the message:

Can't open the illustration. There is not enough room for the window; increase document area and try again.

The file won't even open, and I've never had this message before. Does anyone know how to fix or deal with this?

Thanks,

Michael

Correct answer by Mikilomonik | Community Beginner

I've just had the same problem. The illustrator windows shrunk and and said won't open it but then if you maximize the window it will do. WEIIIIIRRDDD but works!

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can't open the illustration. There is not enough room for the window; increase document area and try

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Hi,

I'm in CS4 and trying to open an eps file and get the message:

Can't open the illustration. There is not enough room for the window; increase document area and try again.

The file won't even open, and I've never had this message before. Does anyone know how to fix or deal with this?

Thanks,

Michael

Correct answer by Mikilomonik | Community Beginner

I've just had the same problem. The illustrator windows shrunk and and said won't open it but then if you maximize the window it will do. WEIIIIIRRDDD but works!

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LEGEND ,
Apr 07, 2010

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I never have seen this error either.

What platform and version?

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Apr 07, 2010

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AI CS4 on a Mac G5 OS 10.5.8 dual 2GHz

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LEGEND ,
Apr 07, 2010

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First try this and se if it works

1. Quit Illustrator.
2.Go to User/username/Library/Preferences/ Adobe illustrator CS4 Settings and trash the settings folder, the whole folder not just the contents of the folder..
3. Start Illustrator. Illustrator creates a new preferences file.

If that does not work then create a new user account and log into that user account and see if the same thing happens.

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New Here ,
Mar 23, 2011

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For me, the problem was being created by something that, in retrospect, makes complete sense, but is also rediculous!

The main application window was sized too small. That's it, that's all. I've been keeping the files I have open in windows detached from the main window and had apparently sized it too small vertically—I was attempting to save some wasted space so I could see windows below Ai.

I was able to faithfully recreate the issue by sizing the window as small vertically as is allowed, attempting to open a file and getting the error; then immediately increasing the window's size and attempting to open again—this time successfully!

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Nov 14, 2012

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Such a simple solution, I can't believe I didn't think of it myself...

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Nov 19, 2012

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This is tacky. Yes, I know that there are a few workarounds (deleting settings, or sticking only to Ctrl+O dialog window), but they're all a very sloppy solution by Adobe. They're touting that with "Illustrator CS6, we reworked all panels and dialogues from the ground-up", yet this problem keeps plaguing us all the way back from before CS4. When is Adobe going to take this issue seriously? It's been years!

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Jul 06, 2011

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This happened to me, too. Tried resizing the window and it didn't work. Incredibly disappointing that this could happen. Why could I work on the file before, save it close it, then not be able to re-open it. I have lost a lot of work on this file. Could somebody please help?

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LEGEND ,
Sep 02, 2011

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Just by reading the other posts, since i don't have a Mac, would it be possible the screen resolution is set too low. I am trying to think of a situation where the document window needs to be larger than the apps window.

But when loading an eps file, the document should be zoomed out enough for it to fit within the apps window size. I can not think of a situation where the document would be zoomed out so far that it would hit the limits of illustrator. Though I suppose it could be possible.

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LEGEND ,
Sep 02, 2011

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another thought came to me, the document window could also hit the maximum document size, but you should have received an error when creating the file, not when loading it back in.

Maybe it is exactly just what Wade has said, the preference file has been corrupted.

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New Here ,
Sep 02, 2011

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I had this problem also, I realized that the window size literally was too small. I just dragged the window to the window size of my screen. then it worked!

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Feb 25, 2018

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thank you, i was tried with drag and drop and then it worked

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Jul 26, 2018

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Just drag it to the top part to its normal place and click the green expand button. the window will expand to the normal illustrator interface.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 03, 2011

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Resize the application window. Just grab its lower right corner and drag.

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Apr 26, 2012

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How do you increase the application window on a Mac? All you have is the document window, and the document can't open up.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 26, 2012

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Try turning off the Application Frame and the Application Bar from the Window menu and then try opening the file.

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New Here ,
Nov 13, 2012

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I just get this problem recently, and my solution is.

1. open a new file

2. change to full screen mode

3. command O to open the file with problem.

4. solved! yay!

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Feb 16, 2017

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Thank you so much it really helped!!

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