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I have Align to Pixel Grid, Align New Objects to Pixel Grid, and Snap to Grid all disabled, but it keeps snapping to the grid! Any ideas?

In Illustrator CC 2017, "Align to Pixel Grid" has become part of "Pixel Preview."

To control pixel grid alignment, toggle the icon that looks like three vertically aligned boxes with a magnet, located in the top right of the menu bar (beneath the "Search Adobe Stock" bar).

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Turn off Align to Pixel Grid

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I have Align to Pixel Grid, Align New Objects to Pixel Grid, and Snap to Grid all disabled, but it keeps snapping to the grid! Any ideas?

In Illustrator CC 2017, "Align to Pixel Grid" has become part of "Pixel Preview."

To control pixel grid alignment, toggle the icon that looks like three vertically aligned boxes with a magnet, located in the top right of the menu bar (beneath the "Search Adobe Stock" bar).

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Syrax,

Is Align New Objects to Pixel Grid in the flyout options completely unticked, not just a - which also counts as ticked?

Maybe Illy has become confused, and it may be time for the list:

If things that should work simply refuse to (all possibilities exhausted (and carefully making sure you are performing (all) the needed things)), you may try the list below.

Sometimes, (certain) things may fail or stop working for no apparent reason. When the (other) possible reasons/cures fail to work, it may be some kind of (temporay or permanent) corruption, or even some inconvenient preference setting(s), which may be cured with something on the following list set up in an attempt to provide a catchall solution for otherwise unsolvable cases. It starts with a few easy and harmless suggestions 1) and 2) for milder cases, and goes on with two alternative ways 3) and 4) of resetting preferences to the defaults (easily but irreversibly and more laboriously but more thoroughly and also reversibly), then follows a list 5) of various other possibilities, and it ends with a full reinstallation 6). If no other suggestions work, or if no other suggestions appear, you may start on the list and decide how far to go and/or which may be relevant.

The following is a general list of things you may try when

A) The issue is not in a specific file,

B) You have a printer correctly installed, connected, and turned on if it is physical printer (you may use Adobe PDF/Acrobat Distiller as the default printer with no need to have a printer turned on, obviously you will need to specify when you actually need to print on paper), and

C) It is not caused by issues with opening a file from external media (see at the bottom).

You may have tried/done some of them already; 1) and 2) are the easy ones for temporary strangenesses, and 3) and 4) are specifically aimed at possibly corrupt/inconvenient preferences); 5) is a list in itself, and 6) is the last resort.

If possible/applicable, you should save current artwork first, of course.

1) Close down Illy and open again;

2) Restart the computer (you may do that up to at least 5 times);

3) Close down Illy and press Ctrl+Alt+Shift/Cmd+Option+Shift during startup (easy but irreversible);

4) Move the folder (follow the link with that name) with Illy closed (more tedious but also more thorough and reversible), for CS3 - CC you may find the folder here:

https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/kb/preference-file-location-illustrator.html

5) Look through and try out the relevant among the Other options (follow the link with that name, Item 7) is a list of usual suspects among other applications that may disturb and confuse Illy, Item 15) applies to CC, CS6, and maybe CS5);

Even more seriously (this may be serious because you may need to restore plugins and whatnot afterwards if you have customized things), you may:

6) A) Uninstall (ticking the box to delete the preferences if applicable), B) run the Cleaner Tool (if you have CS3/CS4/CS5/CS6/CC), and C) reinstall. You may try without step B), but sometimes it is needed, because otherwise things may linger.

http://www.adobe.com/support/contact/cscleanertool.html

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It's an object based setting. Did you select the objects before disabling it?

Also: do you still copy and paste objects from other files? They keep the setting from other files.

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In Illustrator CC 2017, "Align to Pixel Grid" has become part of "Pixel Preview."

To control pixel grid alignment, toggle the icon that looks like three vertically aligned boxes with a magnet, located in the top right of the menu bar (beneath the "Search Adobe Stock" bar).

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After looking around for about 40 minutes and getting more and more confused with all the complicated answers, this actually solved the problem. I knew it couldn't be THAT hard. Thanks!

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After looking around for about 40 minutes and getting more and more confused with all the complicated answers, this actually solved the problem. I knew it couldn't be THAT hard. Thanks!

be thankful you were born in the CC2017 era. truly we are living in a golden age.

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Seems like this Setting isn't persistent across Documents. Anyone knows how to disable it permanently ?

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It is On when you choose one of the Web Document presets (or a document based upon that).

Choose any non Web based document preset.

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Thank you!!

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Problem Solved.... it's awesome

Thank you so much

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Big Thanks to you

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thank you so much

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I don't have this option on my copy of Illustrator. And yes, i have the most up to date version. Trying to turn this off is driving me nuts.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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  wrote

I don't have this option on my copy of Illustrator. And yes, i have the most up to date version. Trying to turn this off is driving me nuts.

if you don't have the control bar visible (Window > Control), you won't see those buttons. there are equivalents in the Properties panel.

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I got it by changes the layout options, cheers mate

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You know which version of Illustrator rocks? The one that doesn't have knickknacks like this garbage in it. Unclicking the snap icon hasn't removed the functionality. I'm just going to install pre-2017...

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FYI ---

Alt+Ctrl+Y

(Pixel Preview)

That dealt with it.

Shouldn't be on by default!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Turn off the View > Snap to Pixel option.

It is not On by default unless you choose any of the Web preset documents.

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Weird, because I opened a file that was made in the 'print' default. I've never used this 'feature'. After installing v2018 on windows 10 seems to be on by default. Just glad you can turn it off.

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If you Open a file that has this turned on, it' is turned on.

If you Create a new document based on a Print preset, it is off by default.

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I don't want a print document. I want a web one. So I have to start a print document and then switch all the settings to web just to get rid of this. Christ almighty.

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josephw32923546  wrote

I don't want a print document. I want a web one. So I have to start a print document and then switch all the settings to web just to get rid of this. Christ almighty.

Create your own New Document Profile without Snap to Pixel.

Choose an existing Web document.

Turn Off "View > Snap to Pixel"

Save the file in the Illustrator Applications folder > Support Files > New Document Profiles > Your Language folder >

Choose this file when creating a new document

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Thank you for this. Every other website was telling me to go transform > uncheck "align to pixel grid" but with newer versions of illutrator they move this button all the time. View > uncheck "snap to pixel grid" worked in illustrator 2020!!!

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Do you know if there's a way to make it default to OFF in all new documents?

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See answer 20.

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So I have to select a specific file template each time I want to create a new document just to ensure that align to pixel grid is off as default? Does that mean it will open the same size and number of artboards every time? I guess I'd rather automatically click the corner icon every time I start a new project. That's really frustrating.

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It is not a template, it is replacing your new document profile with a document that has not align to pixel turned on.

That way is you create a New Document, it does not have the align to pixel grid on.

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