Shortcut to deselect path

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Mar 10, 2013 Mar 10, 2013

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When I'm working with the pen tool, and create just a stroke (not a full shape), I have to go all the way over to the direct selection tool and click in the margin to deselect that one path. I see people on you to make strokes and deselect the current stroke and make another one with out even flinching towards the direct selection tool. So how do I do this?

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LEGEND , Mar 10, 2013 Mar 10, 2013
Command/Ctrl-Shift-A will "deselect all"I'd go mad without that shortcut.

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Mar 10, 2013 Mar 10, 2013

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grab the Selection Tool (V) or the Direct Selection Tool (A), then grab the Pen Tool (P) and start drawing, to deselect and start drawing a new path, press Ctrl (this temporarily switches to your last selection tool), click anywhere, then release Ctrl and you're ready to draw your next path.

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Mar 10, 2013 Mar 10, 2013

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Well, I knew the short cut keys, but never thought of doing it like that...

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LEGEND ,
Mar 10, 2013 Mar 10, 2013

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Command/Ctrl-Shift-A will "deselect all"

I'd go mad without that shortcut.

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You just changed my life soo much right now. You have no clue!!! #scottforpresident

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Jan 11, 2021 Jan 11, 2021

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Oddly enough that shortcut isn't working for me. 

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Apr 30, 2021 Apr 30, 2021

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Same for me. Does nothing. I'm using Illustrator 2021 25.2.1 

Any other methods?

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