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,
Philippe Martinez commented
It's 2022. This is still happening. Out of the blue, the spacebar stops being the hand, and zoom shortcuts (spacebar + command, spacebar + command + option) stop working. I'm using the latest Illustrator at the time of writing (2022 26.0.2). Not much else is open on my Mac: Chrome, Acrobat, and the calculator.
When it happens, I use what some other users have recommended: put the computer to sleep then immediately wake it back up using the spacebar. The issue resolves itself. But please: fix the root cause.
Rojer Edison commented
simple doods,, just do lock your pc and again open it thats it,,, if laptop please close it after locked then open it
its working really ...
Richard Schletty commented
Illustrator 2020's hand tool could not be invoked with spacebar today. This has happened before. Previously caused by my 1Password extension running in Chrome. When I deactivated the 1Password extension or quit Chrome, the hand tool could be made to appear using spacebar. AgileBits may have squashed the bug – it hadn't happened to me in over a year.
Today, I discovered that the BitWarden desktop password manager which I am trying out is causing the same inablity to bring up the Illustrator hand tool using spacebar. As soon as I quit BitWarden, spacebar functionality was restored.
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.