Canvas color stuck as white

Explorer ,
Apr 26, 2015 Apr 26, 2015

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Greetings!

Ok, so my canvas colour is stuck as white.

I already know you an change it via user interface, even when I mess with that and have it checked to match user interface (or whatever), its just stuck as white. When I open a new doccument, its the normal dark grey I enjoy, but for some reason in one file its just stuck as white. Anyone know whats going on?

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Explorer , Apr 29, 2015 Apr 29, 2015
Tried all three things you guys suggested and in fact I tried the overprint thing prior to asking this question, nothing. Also sorry, when I did "print screen" i just had my artboard zoomed WAYYY out. the white rectangle is the wierdness that wont turn back to the normal background colour. This is really bizarre. When I click on the white space (i understand what you were thinking) and switch it to none, nothing happens. Unlocked all layers just to make sure. Overprint is not on. I am genuinely ...

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 27, 2015 Apr 27, 2015

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What size is your artboard?

What happens when you go to View>Fit Artboard to window?

Sorry almost looks like your artboard is big and your artwork is just small in the middle..?

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Explorer ,
Apr 29, 2015 Apr 29, 2015

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Thank you so much for the help!!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 01, 2015 May 01, 2015

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Glad you solved you problem.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 27, 2015 Apr 27, 2015

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RAR,

What happens if you click somewhere in the whiteness (with Fill in front of Stroke in the Toolbox, and then click the None button?

In other words: are you sure we are not talking about a large white rectangle or something?

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Explorer ,
Apr 29, 2015 Apr 29, 2015

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Thank you! its not letting me tag you in my thanks so Thank you so much!

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Apr 30, 2015 Apr 30, 2015

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For my part you are welcome, RAR.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 27, 2015 Apr 27, 2015

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is overprint preview on?

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Explorer ,
Apr 29, 2015 Apr 29, 2015

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Tried all three things you guys suggested and in fact I tried the overprint thing prior to asking this question, nothing. Also sorry, when I did "print screen" i just had my artboard zoomed WAYYY out. the white rectangle is the wierdness that wont turn back to the normal background colour. This is really bizarre. When I click on the white space (i understand what you were thinking) and switch it to none, nothing happens. Unlocked all layers just to make sure. Overprint is not on. I am genuinely stumped at what mystery hotkey I hit to make this happen.

EDIT: OH MY GOSH THANK YOU GUYS!!!

Thank you! Your suggestions made me just start checking stuff on and off. "Show artboards" was turned off. I wonder why it had the effect of making the BG white though? Either way THANK YOU GUYS! dougofakkad REALLY APPRECIATE!

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New Here ,
Mar 15, 2016 Mar 15, 2016

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what did you do?  I'm having the same problem I think.  (Artboards are white, but so is the background canvas/drawing area) and it's driving me insane.  I hit a hotkey by mistake and have no idea which key I've pressed.  I've tried messing with document setup and turned overprint preview on and off a million times.  I've tried turning the fill or stroke off and no change.  I've messed with the "Transparency and Overprint Options" in the Document Setup but nothing helps.  I am getting so frustrated.  Please Help!

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New Here ,
Mar 15, 2016 Mar 15, 2016

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I figured it out immediately after typing this.  For future people with issues, first I selected all my artboards and made sure their background was white, and not clear. Then, I had to then changed my "Preferences" > "User Interface" >  and chose the "Match User Interface Brightness" option under "Canvas Color:"  Then my canvas was medium dark like my interface and my artboards were white.  Hope this helps.

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New Here ,
Feb 26, 2018 Feb 26, 2018

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OMG THANKS ALOT

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New Here ,
Mar 31, 2020 Mar 31, 2020

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Just found this!

 

The shortcut is: SHIFT + COMMAND + H 

 

or< "view" > "hide artboards" / "view artboards" 

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New Here ,
Apr 10, 2020 Apr 10, 2020

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BLESS YOU FOR THAT SHORTCUT

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New Here ,
Apr 20, 2020 Apr 20, 2020

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Perfect. Just like Gunnaro, I pressed a hot key and then this happened. Thank you for posting the hotkey!

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New Here ,
Dec 10, 2015 Dec 10, 2015

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I have the same problem, but can't find a "show artboards" only "show artboard names." Where is it?

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Engaged ,
Mar 13, 2018 Mar 13, 2018

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I've just had this problem - I hit some keyboard shortcut and my canvas color changed to white.

SOLUTION:

Simply right click anywhere on the canvas and a menu will appear letting you select the canvas color!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 13, 2018 Mar 13, 2018

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That's a solution for Photoshop

In Illustrator you change the preferences.

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New Here ,
May 14, 2018 May 14, 2018

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Try this it fixed my problem

Ctrl-Shift+H.

View>Show/Hide Artboards

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New Here ,
Aug 19, 2018 Aug 19, 2018

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JUST PRESS ctrl + shift + h

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Explorer ,
Sep 30, 2018 Sep 30, 2018

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Thank you. I had the same problem and you solved. But, please, what does ctrl + shift + h mean?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 30, 2018 Sep 30, 2018

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ulysseso28052165  schrieb

Thank you. I had the same problem and you solved. But, please, what does ctrl + shift + h mean?

Just see answer #15

It's the shortcut for hide artboards/show artboards

Mac users press Cmd instead of Ctrl

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New Here ,
Oct 05, 2019 Oct 05, 2019

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Go to edit, prefernces 
and do this 


 
Updating Media
 

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 02, 2020 Sep 02, 2020

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The background is stuck on white but only in one file. Tried every thing this topic offered and no help. There must be some kind of active command somewhere but I can't get out of it. It's possible to continue working as before but the white background is annoying.

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New Here ,
Feb 07, 2021 Feb 07, 2021

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I did this by mistake. I turned it white without realizing I hist certain commands to turn it on so I had to look it up online and I found this. However, this thred did not help at all. So I furegured that I made a mistake trying to hit the commands I needed.

 

Command line: Command + Shift + H

it will turn your canvas white or grey. Good Luck!!!

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