Spacebar not working as quick Pan / 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,
Hudson Graham, I feel your pain.
Hudson Graham commented
My mac must have updated over night and when I start Illustrator now it is stuck on the hand/grab tool. I have tried turning off GPU Performance (mentioned in other forums), but nothing works, Illustrator is now useless.
Ouch, Anonymous! My mac is so old, I don't think any of my other software will run if I go back to the original OS. It's nice that you got a human from Apple to tell you this.
I would like a human from Adobe to speak to me about this. It seems in all the years we've been using computers, operating systems upgrade, and other software follows suit to be compatible.
Why doesn't Adobe update Illustrator to be compatible with High Sierra? Can the answer really be that we have to go BACKWARDS to keep using their software effectively and efficiently?
Please, Adobe, please make Illustrator CC compatible with High Sierra.
I think that's what I invest my monthly fee into: constant updates, the latest and the greatest. Seriously!
I have contacted both Adobe and Apple, the main issue is Apple's new upgrade to High Sierra means there is a new way of saving files and the format at which the save, this causes issues with Adobe and therefor causes glitches in the illustrator and indesign softwares. To fix the issue you have to back up your computer, Factory reset your Mac and install the OS that came with the Mac. Then re-download everything. The High Sierra will NOT allow you to revet to older operating software and therefore causes a major flaw in the operation of external software. Hope this helps.
Apple told e this over the phone. They were very clear about the issue and this is the only permanent ATM.
Sara Bentley , thanks, but strange things happen when I don't even select the hand tool. For instance, I will select an object with the selection tool, then when I click to drag it, instead everything in the path of my drag gets selected, and the screen zooms along as super speed up off into the world beyond the board. (Honestly don't know how to explain that. Hope you get it.) Now, you might think my track pad is damaged, but I had it checked out at apple, and it doesn't happen in any other program.
Could the problem be that the program is just working extremely slowly? Which leads me to click twice in impatience, therefore selecting a new action/tool? In that case, how do I correct a lazy, sloth like illustrator?
thanks for your suggestion and help!
I managed to shut down and restart adobe and haven’t had the problem since (touch wood)
Sara Bentley commented
Rather than selecting the hand tool can you press and hold the space bar to bring it up? Then just click and drag where you want on your page. May not be a perfect fix but may be a work around for the time being.
Simon, sorry, I did not find a solution. Basically I don't use illustrator anymore, even though I pay for it monthly. I'm frustrated that Adobe does not offer more than this forum for help. While I did receive a suggestion from one of Adobe's experts—to trash preferences or quit other programs—that didn't work (it worked for inDesign though). So it's worth a try to trash preferences and to shut down Chrome while you're working.
However, even if it's a software conflict, shouldn't adobe update their software to prevent this? If so many people have this same issue, and it prevents them from working, and the COMMON DENOMINATOR is Adobe, would Adobe please please please figure out how to remove this conflict? Please?
Hi Lisa, I have the same problem, did you find a solution?
The hand tool gets stuck and no matter what other tool I click on the toolbar, it won't change. Makes working impossible and EXTREMELY frustrating. Using MacAir /high sierra/illustrator CC. My idea? Fix this please.
Michael Tseng commented
Can confirm, on windows 10 in both photoshop and illustrator 2018...
1. select hand tool and pan workspace to confirm that panning works - it does
2. tap 'v' on keyboard to reset to pointer tool
3. tap and hold 'spacebar' on keyboard - pointer tool cursor changes to hand tool cursor
4. while holding 'spacebar' tap and drag on trackpad, nothing happens
Gary Rough commented
Hello, has anyone found a solution to this? Its driving me nuts
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Illustrator starts to bug almost every time after I pay safari(Facebook) a visit and then return. What then happens is that space does no longer work as a shortcut for HandTool and then also ZoomIn / Zoom Out stops to work ++ Restarting illustrator dies not work. I have to restart the Mac