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I am quite a beginner with Illustrator. I have drawn straight and curved lines, but now my pen tool has a small asterisk and I cannot draw normal curves any more. What is this asterisk (kind of a small star), and how can I get it away?

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pen tool with an asterisk

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I am quite a beginner with Illustrator. I have drawn straight and curved lines, but now my pen tool has a small asterisk and I cannot draw normal curves any more. What is this asterisk (kind of a small star), and how can I get it away?

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The "CapsLock" in the middle of the left of the keyboard keys may have been pressed. The light on the key may be lit. This changes the look of the toolbox tools you use.

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Thank you for your answer but that did not help. The CapsLock in not pressed.

SULZER CONFIDENTIAL

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Aug 24, 2018

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meliinar34225305  wrote

Thank you for your answer but that did not help. The CapsLock in not pressed.

SULZER CONFIDENTIAL

What is the reference to "Sulzer Confidential"? Is that part of your issue with the Pen tool?

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An astersisk means that you are drawing a new path.

PEN TOOL Variations and Symbol meanings | Get the Hook!!!

What OS are you on? You may need to reset your prefs, or remove/update (eg: wacom driver) any nonstandard plugins that are interfering.

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As @MikeGondek mentioned, this is the starting point with the pen tool. If this is showing up over a line you are trying to add points on, this means your line isn't selected. Make sure your line is selected by using the selection tool and try again. The pen tool should show up with the + or - symbol under it. 

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So hard to draw with the crazy star. Go to AI preferences - Selection and Anchor Display, at the very bottom of the box uncheck pen tool "enable rubber bands" very frustrating when you update and it takes an hour to figure out such a simple setting. Working in Catalina 10.15.4 CC 2020. 

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