Selection Tool Won't Resize

New Here ,
Jul 20, 2009 Jul 20, 2009

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Illustrator was working fine for me all last week and I've never had a problem using the selection tool to grab and resize my objects but for some reason today my selection tool will only SELECT objects, not resize them.  Upon approaching the corner of an object, the black arrow remains but a small white square appears at the bottom right instead of the entire cursor turning into resizing/rotating arrows.  I tried restarting my computer to no avail.  It happens on objects I create as well as objects that I place in.  Any thoughts...?  Thank you!

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Most Valuable Participant , Jul 20, 2009 Jul 20, 2009
Bitty,View>Show Bounding Box (Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+B).

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Jul 20, 2009 Jul 20, 2009

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Bitty,

View>Show Bounding Box (Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+B).

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New Here ,
Jul 20, 2009 Jul 20, 2009

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THANK YOU.  And thank you for not making a snide comment on my lack of knowledge on the topic -- I'm still taking classes!  You made my day

I would have been so frustrated trying to figure that out!

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Jul 20, 2009 Jul 20, 2009

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You are welcome, Bitty.

The Bounding Box becoming hidden is a recurring issue that has hit many users, including many experienced ones. It may be switched inadvertedly by the user, but it may also be caused by corruption of the preferences in the aiprefs file, something that may happen when Illy is closed down.

There are many things you have to know and cannot Read in The Fine Manual, such as the unavailability of keyboard shortcuts starting with Alt/Option when Caps Lock is on.

Apart from that I may be curt and even obtuse, but I never make snide comments.

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New Here ,
Apr 01, 2015 Apr 01, 2015

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thanks! this happened to me, was driving me crazy, u never realize how important that little feature is, til you are under deadline, and cant figure out what happened or what you might have clicked by accident to change settings.

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New Here ,
Mar 14, 2018 Mar 14, 2018

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I just had this problem. And you helped me resolve it. Thank you!!!

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New Here ,
Apr 22, 2016 Apr 22, 2016

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Thanks for the tip! I have been using it for years, I came in this morning and that was happening to me first thing! I thought I was going crazy at first.

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New Here ,
Jun 02, 2015 Jun 02, 2015

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I have been having a bunch of trouble with this. My bounding box is showing and the only thing that it will let me do with an object is round the corners and move the object. This never happened until the new update and I have no idea why. Please help. I am getting really angry

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 03, 2015 Jun 03, 2015

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The object is a rectangle?

That's a known bug with certain systems. use the free transform tool instead.

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New Here ,
Jul 12, 2017 Jul 12, 2017

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BIG THANKS! Bitty!

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New Here ,
Apr 30, 2018 Apr 30, 2018

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That was it. OMG! Thank you so much. I never changed the settings, so I couldn't understand what happened.

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New Here ,
May 16, 2018 May 16, 2018

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Thank you very much. That issue has been stressing me up. I think I changed the settings as I was trying to un-group some objects using Ctrl+shift+G and I accidentally hit B instead of G.

Thank you.

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Most Valuable Participant ,
May 16, 2018 May 16, 2018

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njengasheba,

It is even easier to mishit Ctrl+H (Show/Hide Edges), other commands closing in on all sides.

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New Here ,
May 16, 2018 May 16, 2018

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That was it. Answer is correct.

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New Here ,
Jun 22, 2018 Jun 22, 2018

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Thank you so much!

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New Here ,
Dec 10, 2018 Dec 10, 2018

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tHANK YOU

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New Here ,
Jun 29, 2019 Jun 29, 2019

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Thank YOU!! This was driving me nuts! What a simple solution! 🙂

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New Here ,
Feb 09, 2020 Feb 09, 2020

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Thanks @Bitty. You saved my day.

I've been wondering around for a while. Thanks again 

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New Here ,
Mar 25, 2020 Mar 25, 2020

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For some reason this issue has recently been happening again. This must be the third time I searched and found your solution. Thanks!

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Mar 26, 2020 Mar 26, 2020

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You are thrice welcome, Jeff.

 

You can turn this into a Bookmark (or similar in your browser) for future use and save the search.

 

It is probably a keyboard mishit for a nearby keystroke shortcut that seemingly failed to work, and your failing to realize that something else may have happened, then just trying again and getting it right and forgetting about it; the most likely one may be Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+G for Ungroup.

 

Ctrl/Cmd+H is probably the most frequent keyboard mishit, completely surrounded by other keyboard shorcuts, closing in on all sides.

 

Anyroad, it is always nice to see old threads live.

 

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New Here ,
Apr 20, 2020 Apr 20, 2020

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Thank you ! I just had the same issue.  The solution is simple, and now I know it. Thanks to you!!! 

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Apr 20, 2020 Apr 20, 2020

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You are welcome, skae4ka.

 

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New Here ,
Aug 30, 2020 Aug 30, 2020

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that don't even work for me i have the box and it still doesn't let me resize it

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 30, 2020 Aug 30, 2020

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Does the Scale Tool work?

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New Here ,
Sep 13, 2020 Sep 13, 2020

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OMG !

Thanks !! ❤

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