Spacebar not working as quick hand tool
Spacebar has stopped working as hand tool as of 2018 update.
Thanks for the information provided to the Illustrator team.
We are able to reproduce this issue at our end and the engineering team is currently isolating this issue further to get to the root cause.
With Best Regards,
Caitlin Sheridan commented
AHHH! Why though! I quit every other program that was running and it was resolved. BUT i need other programs open while working in Illustrator so this works as a short term fix. I need a permanent fix though! And fast! Or all of my students will need to be taught new ways to get around the program and I'll have to revise all my handouts.
Is there a fix yet for the space bar to use as a hand tool on Mac OS Sur ? very frustrating when I've been using it for over 27 years now.......................thanks
Rod Burkholz commented
(tried a few things based on other sites/threads).
Save your work, close all Adobe apps
(didn't work for just Illustrator. I had to close Photoshop and InDesign to make it work)
Option + Click-Finder (in Dock): Relaunch
(Takes just a few seconds)
Opened Illustrator again and problem was solved.
Some threads also said they had to restart computer and issue was fixed. Mine worked just doing the Relaunch Finder thing.
FYI: I'm still running an older CS 5.1 but from my understanding, it's the same issue with the apps running.
One helper said this issue happens at random times from using the Command + H (hide) in any of the apps. I know this or something similar has happened to me in the past but I've been a designer using Adobe products since 1990 and it's very rare to me.
Hope this helps someone :)
Samy Bakar commented
I have the same problem and is a big problem...
Think I've posted this before - but when this happens to me (usually on a daily basis) I find that when I'm in Illustrator and I put the computer to sleep then immediately wake the computer back up using the spacebar the issue resolves itself. Much better than quitting and reopening Illustrator.
To me this says the space bar is being hi-jacked by something else on the system...
david gilbert commented
Spacebar/hand tool on Illustrator and Photoshop not working since updating CC 2021.
I cannot begin to explain how much this sucks. Fix it.
Big Sur 11.3.1
2.4 GHz 8-Core Intel Core i9
64 GB 2667 MHz DDR4
AMD Radeon Pro 5500M 8 GB
Ramona H commented
macOS Big Sur 11.4
macbook pro 2020
MacOS Catalina 10.15.7
MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2017)
2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7
16 GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3
illustrator version 25.3.1
Space bar shortcut for hand tool no longer works
Happening to me too.
Since the update to 25.2.3 (desktop for mac) the space bar doesn't work as a shortcut to the hand tool nor the zoom tool (used together with command). This absolutely sucks. Please repair this at once! Thank you.
Since I download the new version of the Creative Cloud yesterday and had to re-download of my adobe apps, the space bar shortcut that allowed me to navigate through my file doesn't work anymore.
And I cannot modify the shortcut anywhere.
This is really diminishing efficiency...
I have found that if I go to the Apple Menu and select sleep then immediately wake the computer again the space bar starts working again.
What is the fix for this issue? Productivity is down because of it. Extremely frustrating that this issue keeps happening.
Ninian Carter commented
You've broken the spacebar hand tool shortcut AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It continues to work for me in After Effects after it stops working in Illustrator. Maybe get the two teams to chat with each other.
Please fix this ASAP. I use this continuously throughout the day and it is messing with my productivity and workflow and increasing my stresslevels.
The idea of other applications hijacking the spacebar is good one.
Just for an added data point, it happens to me and I never have Chrome or Spotify running so if is a hijack problem it isn't isolated to those apps.
Gabriel Campbell commented
Looks like this might be an issue with having Spotify running at the same time as Ai. Spotify uses the spacebar to pause/unpause songs and can sometimes 'take over' the use of the spacebar in other apps.
I suggest trying a restart of Spotify.
You can also follow the steps here to reset the hardware preferences in Chrome (which can also hijack shortcuts): https://community.spotify.com/t5/Desktop-Windows/Google-hijacking-my-keyboard-shortcuts/m-p/4731051#M75230
This just happened to me out of the blue today, please fix