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Why can't I select and move guides with selection tools?

New Here ,
Jul 03, 2014

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I'm using Illustrator CC and I cannot select and move guides with the selection tools. The guides are not locked. I can select the guides in the Layers Panel, but I can only move with the arrow keys. I can also "Release" the guides once they are selected in the Layers Panel, but I still cannot move them with the mouse - only the arrow key.

Summary of Problem:

  1. Guides are not locked.
  2. Some guides can only be moved when they are selected in the Layer Panels and when using the arrow keys
  3. Non-selectable Guides can be "Released" but only altered in color and line weight and still only moved with the arrow keys.

Desired Outcome:

I want to be able to move all guides using the mouse for greater accuracy vs the arrow keys.

Thank you for your help.

i have the same problem i just make the elements (design)  bigger and the problem fixed (hide artboard and increase the size of  objects.. and also try to move guides without zoom in  closer)

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Why can't I select and move guides with selection tools?

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I'm using Illustrator CC and I cannot select and move guides with the selection tools. The guides are not locked. I can select the guides in the Layers Panel, but I can only move with the arrow keys. I can also "Release" the guides once they are selected in the Layers Panel, but I still cannot move them with the mouse - only the arrow key.

Summary of Problem:

  1. Guides are not locked.
  2. Some guides can only be moved when they are selected in the Layer Panels and when using the arrow keys
  3. Non-selectable Guides can be "Released" but only altered in color and line weight and still only moved with the arrow keys.

Desired Outcome:

I want to be able to move all guides using the mouse for greater accuracy vs the arrow keys.

Thank you for your help.

i have the same problem i just make the elements (design)  bigger and the problem fixed (hide artboard and increase the size of  objects.. and also try to move guides without zoom in  closer)

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Mentor ,
Jul 03, 2014

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Does it happen all the time, or just with certain documents? If you create a new file and throw some guides on it, can you move them around with the mouse immediately?

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Jul 03, 2014

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Only on certain documents, infrequently. The file I'm working on right now will allow me to move some but not others.

If I create a new file, I can move them with the mouse immediately.

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Mentor ,
Jul 03, 2014

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And the layers the guides are on aren't locked, either, I assume?

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Jul 03, 2014

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The layers are unlocked.

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Sep 12, 2014

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Channing, anotherhead,

The following is a general list of things you may try when the issue is not in a specific file (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 preferences); 5) is a list in itself, and 6) is the last resort.

1) Close down Illy and open again;

2) Restart the computer (you may do that up to 3 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);

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, you may:

6) Uninstall, run the Cleaner Tool (if you have CS3/CS4/CS5/CS6/CC), and reinstall.

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

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XDDD

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Participant ,
Sep 12, 2014

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I am having the same problem in CC.  Layers not locked, Guides not locked, mouse will not selcet Guide after having been locked.

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Feb 09, 2015

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In my scenario, it was a second window (of the same document) with Hide Edges on that caused the problem. Closing the second window solved the issue, though this is certainly a bug, and can be really annoying.

See this thread, lend your voice: Illustrator - Can't move guides when 2 windows open on same document

Tom

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Engaged ,
Aug 18, 2016

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I've found a plethora of bugs since i began getting up to speed, moving from CS6 to CC2015.5.

Had a few words with Adobe staff- they tend to suggest making a Feature Request- can I make a Feature Request for fewer bugs please?

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Engaged ,
Aug 19, 2016

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Got it!

In my scenario (AICC2015) the Guides do not show as locked but they are!


Go and unlock them from the View Menu.

Adobe Documentation here...

How to use rulers, grids, and guides in Illustrator
Does not seem to alert users to this bug/feature, unless I'm missing something?

Or perhaps it's in the manual

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Apr 09, 2019

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This was driving me crazy, it turned out that when I selected to 'trim view' so I would see only things on the artboard it also disabled the use of guides. When I clicked off the trim view under the main menu 'view' my guides were back to normal.

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New Here ,
May 27, 2020

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This is the answer that worked for me! In my layers panel, I couldn't select the guides but going to Alt + Ctrl + ; did my bidding. Guides move freely. I must have inadvertently locked it when I did some weird keyboard combos by accident.

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New Here ,
Nov 03, 2016

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right click the layer that you were working on in the layers panel and go layer options unlock lock guides.

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Engaged ,
Nov 04, 2016

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Thanks, but the issue in the end proved to be the misleading indications as

to whether the guides were locked or not, not how to unlock the guides.

On 4 November 2016 at 04:57, rhianneb72915060 <forums_noreply@adobe.com>

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New Here ,
Dec 12, 2016

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Try
View > Guides > Lock Guides (uncheck)

It helps in my case.

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Engaged ,
Dec 13, 2016

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Please read the discussion before replying.
This has already been laid to rest...
Re: Why can't I select and move guides with selection tools?

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