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Mistaken use of Control-Y (CTRL-Y) to Redo

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May 10, 2016

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I recently thought that I lost hours of work (in Adobe Illustrator) when I accidentally used control-Y (CTRL-Y) to redo something after I used control-Z (CTRL-Z) to undo a change. When I used control-Y, a white background with only fine outlines of my work remained. After trying to use control-Z (to undo my mistaken use of control-Y), and finding that it did absolutely nothing to resolve the problem, I began to experiment with the remnants of the work.

I selected the entire image (which was only fine lines), used control-C (to copy the selection), then opened a new document and pasted the contents using control-V. Like magic, all of my work was on the new document - details, colors, everything! I can only theorize that the original work was not really lost, only hidden in a way that I was unable to recover on the original document.

Wondering if anyone else has a solution for the mistaken use of control-Y in an Adobe Illustrator document.

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Correct answer by Larry G. Schneider | Adobe Community Professional

Cmd(Ctrl)-Y is the keyboard toggle for Outline View. If you had used the same combination again in your original file the view of everything would have returned (as you found when you moved it to a new file with Preview active).

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Mistaken use of Control-Y (CTRL-Y) to Redo

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May 10, 2016

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I recently thought that I lost hours of work (in Adobe Illustrator) when I accidentally used control-Y (CTRL-Y) to redo something after I used control-Z (CTRL-Z) to undo a change. When I used control-Y, a white background with only fine outlines of my work remained. After trying to use control-Z (to undo my mistaken use of control-Y), and finding that it did absolutely nothing to resolve the problem, I began to experiment with the remnants of the work.

I selected the entire image (which was only fine lines), used control-C (to copy the selection), then opened a new document and pasted the contents using control-V. Like magic, all of my work was on the new document - details, colors, everything! I can only theorize that the original work was not really lost, only hidden in a way that I was unable to recover on the original document.

Wondering if anyone else has a solution for the mistaken use of control-Y in an Adobe Illustrator document.

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Correct answer by Larry G. Schneider | Adobe Community Professional

Cmd(Ctrl)-Y is the keyboard toggle for Outline View. If you had used the same combination again in your original file the view of everything would have returned (as you found when you moved it to a new file with Preview active).

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Cmd(Ctrl)-Y is the keyboard toggle for Outline View. If you had used the same combination again in your original file the view of everything would have returned (as you found when you moved it to a new file with Preview active).

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DOOOOOOOOOD. Ctrl. for. the. win.

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Iam new to Adobe as a whole so what is outline view

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outline view hides appearances and shows just the paths that exist in your document (or layer).

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As Doug has said it hides the appearances. If you have used AI long enough you will recognize it as the original working mode for AI.

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Ctrl Y is the shortcut for View > Outline (and back to Preview)

Ctrl Sh Z is Edit > Redo.

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My Ctrl+Y key not work properly. Pl. share another option.

Thanks & Regards

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vandanp21805972  schrieb

My Ctrl+Y key not work properly.

"Not work properly" means exactly what?

Doesn't work at all?

Does something different?

You're on a PC?

You know what it should do? Or did someone just tell you to press this?

You can always go to Edit > Shortcuts and assign to it whatever you want.

Also: when was your last restart (of the computer)?

And maybe the preferences need a reset.

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Wondering if anyone else has a solution for the mistaken use of control-Y in an Adobe Illustrator document.

It sounds silly, but the only real solution is to learn how to use Adobe Illustrator.

Viewing modes | Adobe Illustrator CC tutorials

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Keyboard shortcuts work whether or not you like them and whether or not it was your intention to use them.

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hold control and press the eye on each layer and everything will show again

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In Photoshop 2018 this toggles the Proof Colors option. To untoggle the options, go to the View Menu in the top toolbar and click Proof Colors to uncheck it if it's already checked.

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malcolms97644040  schrieb

In Photoshop 2018 this toggles the Proof Colors option.

But this is the Illustrator forum.

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