Selection tool won't grab lines
Selection tool won't grab and move lines without extreme effort. Simple click and move isn't working in solid and hollow pointers. I have to drag a selection across the line or lasso the line to highlight it but then it still won't let me do a simple click-drag. It's like the line is locked down but nothing is locked. I'm running MacOS Sierra 10.12.6 and Illustrator 23.0. I've tried multiple settings of selection tolerance in preferences and it hasn't made any difference. I can move the selected line with cursor keys but can't move it with selection arrows. This didn't occur yesterday in the older Illustrator. This is obviously having a big impact on productivity today!!
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Ankit: I sent you a video and info of my settings, version and OS. I encourage others to do also because I think it's a broader issue that is NOT affected by preference settings.
Have the same issue, have to go to outline mode to select any vector. This is a HUGE blow to performance. it happened midway working through a project, i dont even thin illustrator updated, it just started happening.
I'm experiencing the same issue. I'm spending at least 4 times as long trying to select a path. Checked all of the Preference settings. Still searching for a solution. Nothing in this thread appears to provide a solution.
This "can't accurately click select objects" issue is a huge productivity hit. Our engineering team is reviewing our options.
Anonymous... There was one difference. At home I had selected "Highlight anchors on mouse over". Switched it here at work and now I can grab vectors. Or maybe it's a fluke or it helped to reset something? I dont know.
Anonymous....... I believe they are identical. Will check home tonight. But here is screen grab from work. I tried messing with most of this but no difference. I can grab lines but it's difficult. Much harder to do now. Slowing me down.
This bug has kept me on Illustrator 2018. I upgraded OSs and graphics card this weekend and decided to upgrade to Illustrator 24.0.1 because certainly they've fixed this bug by now! But, NO, same problem. No matter what I set the Selection/Tolerance to, I still can't select about 70% of the lines--even at 8 px maximum selection tolerance. Only way to grab them is by dragging across them, which won't work with most drawings. Occurs in both views and with both direct selection tools. Makes for a very LONG day. TIM: Can you do screen grabs of your "Selection and Anchor Display preferences" at home and at work and see if something is set differently between the two machines?
Oddly this is a problem for me on Mac but only at work. Not at home. Both the latest release of Illustrator and both running current Mac OS.
Chris Phillips commented
Same problem here, although only on Windows. I've just moved from Mac to PC and I've had to basically unpack my Mac and use that again instead. Very annoying. In a production situation where workflow speed is critical this is just unusable.
I've got the same problem that other's have described. No matter what the tolerance setting, you still seemingly only have an exact 1px area in which to select a path otherwise it'll miss and create a marquee instead. I just tested it on Mac, and it works as expected, with an area of selection tolerance outside the path itself.
How long has this bug existed - judging by this thread, at least a year?
Agree. Something changed in Illustrator making it very difficult to select vectors. I have to have extreme precision and get lucky or blow way up on a path to select it. No preference change helps. Is there a fix or solution coming?
Ashutosh Gupta (Illustrator Team) doesn't work even when Object Selection by Path is deselected. I have to click off then back on and may or may not get the path. It's very frustrating.
I have this problem too. Very difficult to select a line and move it. If a stroked shape it is impossible to select without repeated tries. If a line, you have to click the endpoint. It does not allow selection any where else on the line without repeated tries. This bug has been very frustrating since I upgraded to CC. I am running 23.0.6, but see an update so will see if that fixes
Hello, So yes, this is still an issue. I went online to finally see if I could find a way around this and Gordon below has the right idea... If you change the "Align Stroke To Center" to something else, then it works great! Turning off the "Object Selection By Path Only" does NOTHING! Thank you Gordon for posting this! Adobe definitely needs to fix this because it is absolutely annoying!
I'm having the same problem, unable to select a path. Tried adjusting preferences in multiple settings with no change. Illustrator support staff, can you please offer a solution?
Michael Bartello commented
It's 2019 and I'm still having this problem. Doesn't appear that this was ever answered. Sucks.
Ashutosh: I am back on Illustrator v22 because I could not get work down be in v23 due to selection issue. However, in the two days I was struggling in v23, I repeatedly tried changing that “object selection by path” setting and it made no difference—maybe the setting isn’t working? Also tried changing the tolerances but it didn’t seem to matter. I could only click-select a line path about 10% of the time. Restarting seemed to help but problem would quickly return.
Gordon Sneddon commented
It is not selected. I have noticed that it seems to be a problem/glitch with what 'align stroke’ is selected for the path in the Stroke pallet – if align stroke to center is selected then the cursor doesn’t like to select the line if it is then changed to inside it selects no problem.
Ashutosh Gupta (Illustrator Team) commented
Can you pleases check in the Preferences ( Windows: Edit -> Preferences -> Selection & Anchor Display / MAC: Illustrator CC -> Preferences -> Selection & Anchor Display ).
If the Object Selection by Path only is enabled., then disable it and observe if you are able to work smoothly.
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