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the handles that allow me to transform (rotate, scale, etc) an object have disappeared. please help!!!!

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missing transform handles in AI

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the handles that allow me to transform (rotate, scale, etc) an object have disappeared. please help!!!!

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View > Show bounding box

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Hi Monika, I'm having the same issue and my bounding box is set to shown.

A basic shape -- like a circle or rectangle -- still shows its bounding box, but as soon as I select anything else, it's gone. Below is a shape I drew with the pen tool. It's selected and no transformation handles are shown.

Edit: This has only been an issue beginning with the latest update. I didn't notice it yesterday on a PC, but am experiencing it now on a Mac.

Screen Shot 2016-02-06 at 2.19.56 PM.png

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You have the select tool active? Not direct select or group select?

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Yep, just clicked on a shape once with the Selection Tool.

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Can you try and View > Preview on CPU?

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Tried it. No change.

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Please show a screenshot that includes your complete application frame, the open layers panel and of course the object selected.

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This definitely appears to be a bug because the behavior is inconstant. This shows which shapes correctly show the bounding box and which do not.

Screen Shot 2016-02-06 at 6.04.03 PM.png

So you can see that Show Bounding Box is turned on.

Screen Shot 2016-02-06 at 6.04.09 PM.png

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Can you select something and take a screenshot?

Also: try and create a new user account on the computer (Admin privileges) and launch Illustrator from it. Does it work?

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I have to hit the command button in order to take a screenshot, which makes the handles disappear anyway as part of Illustrator's normal functionality, so that wouldn't show the problem.

I have to restart the computer to create a new user with admin privileges right now, which I cannot do at the moment. Will that help you diagnose the problem or is that a potential workaround for me?

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That is to check if the problem is hidden somewhere in your current user folder.

The user folder has a couple of preferences and those might get corrupt.

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Gotcha. There's a file transfer I don't want to interrupt but I'll try that when it's done.

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Sure.

Also: in case you restart the computer only every 2 months or so then this might be an issue as well. Shutting down in the evening cannot be taken for granted anymore.

So the problem might also be solved with just a restart.

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No luck on either count -- restarting or using a different profile

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Thanks!!!

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THANK YOU

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In some cases it happens with me but I close everything and save my file and open illustrator again and every thing be good
it is  bug but happens in the large files only

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Have been stuck for like an hour trying to figure this out, thanks!

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thanks

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Thanks, that was it! Simples.

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You may have accidentally hit CTRL-H (Cmd-H) to hide your anchor points?
Although I don;t know why it would only work on a few shapes and not work on others. (Odd...)

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Haha that one worked for me. And again it's this situation where only one shortcut solves it all. Thanks a lot.

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The bounding boxes were there but not the anchor points- a bit like working in the dark, interesting but a bit frustrating=). This solved it - THANK YOU!

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I had the same problem. View > Show Edges worked for me... or CTRL-H (Cmd-H).

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Closing open web browsers strangely enough works for me.

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Not sure if this happened to anyone else, but after going through and confirming that all the noted above possible issues had been tried, I found I was still having the similar issue where only sometimes they would show and in other cases it still would not.

I was working with a file I had not created the final version myself. So there were parts, and clipping masks, and odd groups of pieces  all over the place.

I found 2 things happened to me that I didn't come accross in other postings. Hope it may help someone else too. It took me hours of testing, and manipulating to find this out by accident.

In a group of items, if there was a clipping mask, the bounding box and edges etc would not show for me. As soon as I removed the clipping mask (oddly enough, there were some in the file that just did not need to be there...) the edges and the bounding box would appear again.

Then, I ran accross a group of parts, and it was happening again! I was really frustrated. After some more messing around, and searching the group of parts (they had every single part all in one layer) to find all of it to be sure that there was not the same issue as before, I found one stray piece in the group that was way off to the other end of the board. It was off screen from where I was working. Had the bounding box, or edges been working properly, I would have caught it faster. Once it was no longer part of the group that was all in the same place, the bounding box and edges returned again.

Wish I could explain why that happened, or if either of those were an actual issue, or just coincidence.  But if it wasn't, hopefully I was able to share something that helps someone else!

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