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Can't see any of my work in Illustrator

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Aug 28, 2020

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trouble 2.jpgI need help. I've been working on a project and last night the art boards went white and all my work disappeared. I can still see all my work in the layers pannel, but I can't select any of them. I have no idea what is going on. I've restarted the program and it still pops up this way. I also restarted my computer and that didn't help either. I can open other projects/files just fine in Illustrator, but not this file. This is hours of work. I really hope someone can help me get it back. I've put a picture below of what it looks like when I open the file. 

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The main layer is hidden in the layers panel.

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Can't see any of my work in Illustrator

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trouble 2.jpgI need help. I've been working on a project and last night the art boards went white and all my work disappeared. I can still see all my work in the layers pannel, but I can't select any of them. I have no idea what is going on. I've restarted the program and it still pops up this way. I also restarted my computer and that didn't help either. I can open other projects/files just fine in Illustrator, but not this file. This is hours of work. I really hope someone can help me get it back. I've put a picture below of what it looks like when I open the file. 

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Correct answer by Monika Gause | Adobe Community Professional

The main layer is hidden in the layers panel.

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You are in Outline view.

Select View > Preview

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Thanks. I changed it, but my work still isn't showing up on the art boards. trouble 2.jpg

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Your screendump still shows Outline

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Hmm, I went to view and hit preview.  It appears to be stuck in that mode? 😞

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Outline.jpg

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Try Ctrl Y

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The main layer is hidden in the layers panel.

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I tried clicking it under view and preview, I then tried cntl y and then I tried cntl and clicking on the little eye ball in the layers pannel. Nothing took it out of outline view. 

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Yes, that was the problem! Thank you sooo much! I have it all back! The main layer got hidden somehow. I'm so glad it was an easy fix! You both rock! Thanks so much for both your help! ❤️

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Good catch!

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