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Changing the pen tool cursor from a cross back to normal

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Dear Illustrator users,

I have managed to change the Pen cursor to a cross when I select it and begin to work. Please could someone tell me how you change the cursor/cross back to looking like a Pen.

Much appreciated

Ben

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Correct answer by tromboniator | Adobe Community Professional

Go to Illustrator>Preferences>General and deselect Use Precise Cursors.

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Changing the pen tool cursor from a cross back to normal

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Dear Illustrator users,

I have managed to change the Pen cursor to a cross when I select it and begin to work. Please could someone tell me how you change the cursor/cross back to looking like a Pen.

Much appreciated

Ben

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Correct answer by tromboniator | Adobe Community Professional

Go to Illustrator>Preferences>General and deselect Use Precise Cursors.

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hit he P key or from the tool bar click and hold until the pen tool + icon expands and select the pen tool.

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Hi,

Thanks for the advise but it hasn't changed the cursore. The cursor is still a cross when I select the pen tool or a + sign when I select the other pen tools. Please could you suggest something else

Thanks

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The pen tool will become a pen tool with a plus sign if you hover it over a path at a point where there is no anchor point.

If you hover it over an anchor point it becomes a pen tool with a minus sign.

If for some reason the settigs hav become corrut I guess it might cause this.

Quit Illustrator and while launching Illustrator hold the command>Option>Shift Keys all at the same time to reset the prefrences.

On the PC that would be Control>Alt>Shift. You start the Launch and immediately hold these keys down do not wait or it doesn't work.

When you either get a dialog asking if you want to reset you can let go or just wait until it fully launch.

See if that helps.

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ben2285 wrote:

Thanks for the advise but it hasn't changed the cursore. The cursor is still a cross when I select the pen tool or a + sign when I select the other pen tools. Please could you suggest something else

Go to:

Edit -> Preferences -> General

Uncheck the the 'Use Precise Cursors' option

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Shunith – you can stop being envious now: except where the plow built up a huge berm across the street, and a few spots that are in perpetual shade, the snow is gone, the sandhill cranes are back, and the buds will explode any minute.

Peter

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tromboniator wrote:

Shunith – you can stop being envious now: except where the plow built up a huge berm across the street, and a few spots that are in perpetual shade, the snow is gone, the sandhill cranes are back, and the buds will explode any minute.

Peter

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press and hold on the tool in the side bar. see if it's under it

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Go to Illustrator>Preferences>General and deselect Use Precise Cursors.

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Thanks very much for all your input, I have bee able to fix it now

Ben

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Ben,

If you wish to switch precise cursors on and off, Caps Lock is your friend.

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Jacob, best answer EVER!

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Thank you for your kind words, Lizzy.

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Hello, Jacob from Summer 2015.

I just wanted to sign in for the first time ever just to say... you are golden x x x

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And thank you for your kind words, Lee James.

 

It is nice to see this old thread live.

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Edit-preferences-cursors-other cursors-standard....

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my friend was just having this problem and if you press and hold on the took in the side bar the "regular" one might be kinda hidden under it. sorry I'm kind of new to this i might not be clear...

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