"Hyphenate" not be the default paragraph option
By default, paragraph text is set to hyphenate words that don't fit into the text box. I suggest that the default is to have text not be hyphenated so you can click the box if you want it to be.
No one I know has ever wanted hyphenated words in text, but you have to uncheck the "Hyphenate" box from the Paragraph Palette, it's annoying to have to do that every time I make a new paragraph or paragraph style. (same problem in indesign)
We’re exploring turning ‘Hyphenation’ OFF in [Normal Paragraph Style] of all Document Profiles.
Well, it hasn't even been 4 years since this incredibly simple fix was requested, and it was as recent as November 2018 when Adobe said they'd "explore" it, so give them a break. After all, it did take ~30 years to fix the Free Transform tool, so tweaking one or two lines of code must surely take around a decade?
Yesterday, at Adobe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONFj7AYgbko
Blows my mind that this is not fixed yet. As far as I am concerned this is a bug. Who the **** wants hyphenate on by default??? So frustrating.
PLEASE do this!!!!!
David Shantz commented
Has anyone ever argued for keeping hyphenation as the default. Adobe: Listen to your customers... the reason for hyphenation to be off by default is this is an Illustration program. Hyphenation is more unlikely than in an application for publishing books and multi-page documents. Personally, I come back every few years and ask.. It's been more than ten. At least, make it an option so we can set it and forget it.. going to the preferences file doesn't seem to work permanently, and not for older docs.
[Deleted User] commented
Totally agree, such a waste of time turning off hyphenation every time.
Rick Wallace commented
yeah... thanks, we had already that as a workaround, plus using an .ait. I work at light speed and I'm hitting Command-N tab_sizetabtab_size 50+ times a day - I'm too lazy to always select a preset profile, open and then hit the required shortcuts to change page size. We want Hyphenation ALWAYS OFF for every document we create, regardless of how the doc was created, when, where, why.. plus I want every doc I every created to have it off as default. I have already created 684 .ai doc this month - which contain probably 3000 paragraph blocks.
Found a workaround.
1. Find the "Profile" files [C:\Program Files\Adobe Illustrator 2021\Support Files\Required\New Document Profiles\en_US]
2. Open the .ai file of the profile commonly used. In my case it's the "Print.ai" file.
3. Open the Paragraph Styles window and double click [Normal Paragraph Style] to edit it.
4. Click on the "Hyphenation" section.
5. Click twice on the "Hyphenation" radio button to turn it off/make it empty. If you click once, it'll leave it as a dash and it doesn't work.
6. Click OK to close window.
7. "Save" the open document and close it
8. Make a new document with this profile and Hyphenation should remain off.
I made a new document to check. Then closed it. Made a new one and changed the sizes and the Hyphenation remained off.
Hope this helps.
Hi AI team. To be clear: OFF should be the DEFAULT SETTING. Turning hyphenation ON should be an option. There is no need for hyphenation in 99% of what we use use Illustrator for. I imagine that since its currently a checkbox, the code has simply a default state set to ON. Isn't this one of the easiest user-requested changes you can make?
Illustrator: Keeping you solidly in the 1990s, whether you like it or not.
Most of the time I do NOT want or need hyphenations in copy blocks, and would be nice to have the default setting as no hyphenation, so I can get rid of the extra step everytime I work with copy
Jeremy Jessup commented
There is a "Hyphenation" section in the preferences window already. Would it be terribly difficult to add a checkbox there that toggles whether paragraphs have hyphenation enabled or not by default?
There is a toggle in the Paragraph window for hyphenation that is on by default; I mean, it has to be getting that default setting from somewhere, right? I'm speaking from ignorance here, but it seems like a simple checkbox in the preferences should be an easy fix.
Even moving the hyphenate checkbox to the top level in the properties panel instead of in the dropdown under paragraph would help as an interim fix
+1 this would save an incredible amount of time in the workflow
how long does it take to explore. this was being explored nearly a year and a half ago... to date
yes this is an absolute pain in the butt. please can we change this to not being default
OMG Yes. I hate that I'm forever turning off hyphenation.
Yeah, please fix this. Like SO many others have commented, can't you just reverse the functionality? (make it opt-in instead of opt-out)
G Joseph commented
Is this still in progress? I haven't been able to find how to change the default setting to unclick hyphenation.
TT Kiker commented