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Can't Resize in Illustrator even though Bounding Box is visible?

Community Beginner ,
Jun 01, 2018

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Hello! Hoping someone can help as this is frustrating and I can't for the life of me get any answer from anywhere that does not involve the bounding box.

I am unable to resize objects and text in illustrator despite the anchor points being visible and the bounding box being turned on. This normally happens by accidentally hitting an unknown hotkey (Not sure which one...). My mouse has a different icon on it when this happens that I do not recognize (photo below).

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Program version: 2018 CC Illustrator (Newest Update as of May 31, 2018)

Please help... uninstalling does not work and this is really slowing down my workflow.

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Correct answer by Bill_Silbert | Adobe Community Professional

The icon you're seeing is that of the Free Transform Tool and the anchor points appear as if the Bounding Box is not activated. Turn on the Bounding Box under the View Menu and select the object with the regular selection tool (black arrow). You should then be able to scale and rotate the object using this selection tool.

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Can't Resize in Illustrator even though Bounding Box is visible?

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Jun 01, 2018

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Hello! Hoping someone can help as this is frustrating and I can't for the life of me get any answer from anywhere that does not involve the bounding box.

I am unable to resize objects and text in illustrator despite the anchor points being visible and the bounding box being turned on. This normally happens by accidentally hitting an unknown hotkey (Not sure which one...). My mouse has a different icon on it when this happens that I do not recognize (photo below).

pointer.jpg

Program version: 2018 CC Illustrator (Newest Update as of May 31, 2018)

Please help... uninstalling does not work and this is really slowing down my workflow.

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Correct answer by Bill_Silbert | Adobe Community Professional

The icon you're seeing is that of the Free Transform Tool and the anchor points appear as if the Bounding Box is not activated. Turn on the Bounding Box under the View Menu and select the object with the regular selection tool (black arrow). You should then be able to scale and rotate the object using this selection tool.

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It would help if you could show a screenshot that contains all your object. The bounding box is visible? View > Show Bounding box (turns into Hide Bounding box, as soon as it is turned on)

If you can't get it to work, you can take the free transform tool.

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The icon you're seeing is that of the Free Transform Tool and the anchor points appear as if the Bounding Box is not activated. Turn on the Bounding Box under the View Menu and select the object with the regular selection tool (black arrow). You should then be able to scale and rotate the object using this selection tool.

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Jun 01, 2018

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The Selection tool has the same icon as the Free transform tool.

But I agree, turn on the Bounding Box: Shift Cmb B (or Shift Ctrl B on Win).

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 01, 2018

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The Selection tool has the same icon as the Free transform tool.

OMG, you're right, Ton! Has that always been the case? I've always associated that icon with the Free Transform and somehow hadn't noticed that the two tools had the same icon. Sometimes you can look at something over and over but just not see what's really there.

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Jun 01, 2018

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I checked in CS6 and the Selection tool had also the same icon as the Free Transform tool when inside an object, altough the icons looked different then compared to those now.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 01, 2018

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Live and learn and relearn.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 02, 2018

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Yes I agree with "Ton" and "Bill"
Turn on the bounding box and everything will go smooth.

If you still have a problem, take a snapshot from the whole screen, with your object selected and your layers visible, and then share it please.

Thank  you

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Feb 16, 2019

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Thank you. This has been driving me nuts! I uploaded the new CC2019 and there are so many glitches of this nature that shouldn't be there. These things should be part of the automatic set up. For instance, being able to see the transformation points on a shape so you can simply resize it. Adobe, what's going on?

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Oct 16, 2019

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Go to: Object/Shape/Convert To Shape

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New Here ,
Nov 04, 2019

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Hi, this did not work for me. Bounding Box is showing and hitting E did nothing for me. Please help, I'm going crazy. My cursor looks like the one pictured above. 

 

 

 

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Nov 05, 2019

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That's not the bounding box. You need to do View > Show bounding box.

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New Here ,
Nov 05, 2019

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As mentioned before, I've done that already, but it doesn't matter now, I figured it out. So for anyone who finds themselves in this situation where trying View>"Show bounding box" does not resolve your issue, here's what I did. Try selecting the three dots in the bottom right corner of the transform panel and see if Scale Corners and Strokes and Effects are checked. If it is not, checked them and then try. This worked for me, nothing else in this forum worked and I did not find this answer anywhere when I googled. I only found the same solution of going to View > Show bounding box as the solution but this did not work for me. Thank you everyone who has posted because I did try all of your solutions. 

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New Here ,
May 28, 2020

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Agree only when found this Transform box and checked Scale corners and strokes as well as unchecked the link height and width option was I able to minimise the size further

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New Here ,
Aug 12, 2020

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Thank you!!!!!!!! This worked for me - huge help!

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 24, 2020

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I checked the bounding box AND your suggestion and it is still happening. It is driving me BONKERS.

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Aug 24, 2020

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If you're having problems adjusting the width/size of a block of text and it's distorting the text when you resize the container, the block needs to be converted to a 'Type Area'. Select the block of text with bounding box displayed then go to the 'Type' menu in the top bar, then down to 'Convert to type area'.

Now when you resize the text block, the text will re-flow.

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Aug 24, 2020

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@BobBending, it already was "Text Area". And it is happening with Type AND Shapes. Any ideas?

 

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 24, 2020

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I changed it to Point Type, then back to Area and it didn't work. Then I disabled and reenabled the bounding box again and for whatever reason both shapes and text are working again. 

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New Here ,
Aug 28, 2020

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I've tried all of the suggestions above as well. @cyfarian have you had any luck?

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Sep 03, 2020

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I'm losing my mind, absolutely NOTHING in the above suggestions works for me either! SOMEONE HELP PLS

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Sep 03, 2020

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There are 2 pages of replies. To spare everyone the need to read through all of them, please tell us what you already tried.

Also: which version and system is it?

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