Center point missing from shapes in outline mode

Explorer ,
Dec 26, 2012

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I seem to have lost the center line cross hairs in Illustrator CS6.

I draw some shapes, then go to outline mode and the center lines are now missing. They used to work. Still have them in CS5.

Here are a couple of images that show what I mean.

Here in 5 you can see the center points in each shape

outline mode CS5.jpg

Here is a similar picture from 6 with the center points missing.

The center points do show up if I put my cursor over the shape.

Outline mode CS6.jpg

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New Here , Nov 22, 2016
The_Invalid New Here , Nov 22, 2016
Hi there. I was having the same problem until I stumbled across a (new?) option in the Attributes palette. There are two little boxes, one with a dot in the middle. Select that one, and all your problems will be solved. Hopefully.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 26, 2012

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If your atributes show center point weas off for every object that would happen.

Screen Shot 2012-12-26 at 4.37.39 PM.png

I doubt that is what happened as that would go away with a new document, and you mentioned the mouseover revels centerpoint. I only have CS5 here at work but hopefully my post helps you out.

Try resetting your .ai preferences.

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Explorer ,
Dec 26, 2012

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Thaks for the reply, but I tried that and it wasn't the problem, and just tried again to make sure. 

The new image below is in outline mode, no center points.

I have checked all preferences, and they are set up identical in both 5 and 6, and 5 is fine.

Untitled2.jpg

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Dec 28, 2012

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Anyone

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 28, 2012

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You have to turn that on for each individual object.

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Dec 28, 2012

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They have the center point if I scroll over them, and the attribute button is on for all of them.  Problem is, in outline mode ALL the center points should show, they do not.

As I said, it works ok in CS5, just doesn't seem to be working anymore in CS6. And as I recall, they did work originally when I installed the program.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 28, 2012

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Select an object and then check the attribute panel.

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Dec 28, 2012

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It is on, on all of them. Here is an image I just made, the button is on on all the shapes.  It is also in "Outline Mode" not Preview mode.

I have the rectangle selected and you can see the centerpoint anchor is a square.

With that square still selected, I just hovered over the round circles path and it highlighted and the center point shows.  BUT,,,,,  none of the other center points are showing.

Untitled4.jpg

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Explorer ,
Jan 02, 2013

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I know exactly what you mean as  I toohave the same problem.

I have the show centerpoint button selected on my Attribute panel, but none of my shapes show the centerpoint in outline mode, unless they are selected.

This is really frustrating as I'm trying align  some text with the centrepoint, but as soon as I select the text the centrepoint on the rectangle (I want to align with) disappears.

I'm surethey showed up when I first installed Illustrator CS6.

I looked through all the view menu and preferences but can't see an option.

Any help would be most welcome.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 02, 2013

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Reset Preferences.

The center point shows with no issue here. MacOS 10.7.5/AI16.0.3

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Jan 02, 2013

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I'm using Windows 7 AI 16.2.0 (64 bit) updated through Creative Cloud. 

Like Mutan04, it was there before, now missing.   I guess one of the Creative Cloud updates took it away.  Sure wish I could undo the updates and find out which one it was.

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Jan 02, 2013

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Ok, I did reset them as specified in your link, and yes they all did reset to default including my key stroke changes.

Sorry, but no, it did not cure the problem.

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Explorer ,
Jan 03, 2013

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I have also reset my preferences, but still no joy.  Its a real head scratcher.

I'm using Windows 7

AI 16.0.3 (64bit)  as part of the CS6  design and web premium.

I wonder if a re-install will help?

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Explorer ,
Jan 11, 2013

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I have the same problem. Also, the point/line-thing on text objects is missing. This is really weird and very annoying.

I'd like a solution to this pronto. Adobe? Helloooo?

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Jan 11, 2013

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Donsind, Mutant, Henrik,

You may try the following (you have been through 1) - 3) already) and see whether it helps:

1) Close down Illy and open again;

2) Restart the computer;

3) Close down Illy and press Ctrl+Alt+Shift/Cmd+Option+Shift during startup (irreversible);

4) Move the folder with Illy closed (reversible);

5) Look through and try out the relevant among the Other options;

Even more seriously, you may:

6) Uninstall, run the Cleaner Tool , and reinstall.

http://www.adobe.com/support/contact/cscleanertool.html

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New Here ,
Jun 02, 2013

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I had this same problem. Fortunately, I only had to close AI and restart and the centerpoints were finally visible. I am using Win 7 Pro, 8GB, 1900 X 1080 using AI creative Cloud version.

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New Here ,
Aug 14, 2013

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I am having this same problem on both CC and CS 6 using windows 7. It does not happen on CC on the mac version.

Attributes show center point selected. It is kind of annoying not having this work. Any other work arounds?? Tried the reset through holding cntrl-shift-alt on CS 6.. not fixed.

I don't think it ever worked for these two versions on Windows for me. I noticed this problem before but kind of ignored it until I saw it working on mac.

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New Here ,
Aug 18, 2013

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Okay. So I ran the CC cleaner, I uninstalled and reinstalled, etc ... this problem is still happening on my windows 7 computer. It does not have this issue on the MAC or on my laptop with windows 8 installed.

Adobe Illustrator CC and CS 6 both. Surely someone has a fix? This is a very annoying issue that may seem little to some but I do rely on it a bit.

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New Here ,
Aug 27, 2013

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Is it a Smartguides issue? Have you tried making those visible? They normally show the centerpoint relation to other elements.

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New Here ,
Aug 27, 2013

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Jack,

No. Smart guides on or off does not change the behavior. I've also been on the phone twice with Adobe technical support and they cannot figure it out either. I think its a bug for some windows computers perhaps. Waiting for them to hopefully forward this on to their programmers to take a closer look.

I had to actually have them connect to my Mac to even see that what it is that my windows computer is missing!! Guess not everyoone asks about this issue! Just want it fixed for all those who are having this issue.

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Participant ,
Sep 30, 2013

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Hi

I have the exact same problem here and the only way I could fix it was to uninstall illustrator CS6 version 16.2.0. I uninstalled illustraor and re-installed it. The problem arises when you update to the new version 16.2.0. Their are no problems with the center point not visible in the previous version before update. Unfortunately I am going to have to uninstall illustrator again becuase I just accidentally told the creativ cloud to update all programs. Now my Illustrator version 16.2.0 has no visible center point. grrrrrrr Adobe please fix this bug in your latest CS6 update and also on illustrator CC because it has the same problem. I too am on a windows 7 64 bit windows machine.

Hope this helps

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New Here ,
Sep 30, 2013

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I put in a ticket with adobe and after much explaining and a few phone calls they have put it in a big report to the programmers so hopefully it will get fixed. Not sure about cs 6 though. Probably just the fix will be for cc but who knows!

Sent from my iPhone

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Explorer ,
Oct 23, 2013

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Just installed CC. v 17.0.0

Still the same problem.

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Explorer ,
Oct 24, 2013

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Same issue. Windows 7, Service Pack 1, AI 17.0.0 CC. Recently switched from Mac to Windows under pressure from IT, and at first I thought it was fine, but I keep running into annoying issues like this which evidently Adobe is very slow to address. How hard could it possibly be to fix something like this? And it IS a HUGE annoyance not being able to find centers on anything unless they're selected. C'mon Adobe...

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