Paste in Place does not work properly
So I'm having problems with the Paste in Place command, sometimes it works great when I Copy or Cut something and paste it on other artboards but most of the times it is not working properly, either what I copied o cut get outside the drawing area or it goes to a random place, and at first I thought I wasn't selecting the artboard but even with the artboard selected it falls anywhere. I'm running Illustrator CC 2019, on windows 10.
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Daniel Garrido commented
The quick solution I found, is...
Before you copy your art, just create a "new" random object (square, circle, whatever works) in the same art you want to copy, then select the art with the selection tool or layer selection, and then Paste in Place or Paste in Front/back of the new art and then just delete the object you created.
It worked for me, I have tried many things, but this is the easier solution, not the best, but works every time.
Also Rebooting the computer works too, it seen to be something with the X and Y of the artworks and temporally files.
Solange Rivard commented
This is still an issue. Has anyone found a solution? @Adobe is this being worked on? A new/unique shortcut would help.
Nebojša Kuzmanović commented
Same for me. It usually takes few undos and repeated pasting in place in order to function. Most of the times it pastes objects to upper left corner of the artboard. Really annoying.
Art War commented
Same for me. Paste in Place is broken. It randomly works.
Same ole same ole
When it breaks for me, it posts to the original copied from artboard, not the current artboard. Really really frustrating when I have a looming deadline that was yesterday. Really, after 20+ years of this, I'm ready to learn one of your competitors. Stop with new features and make sure everyday basics work all the time. I swear Illustrator 6 was better than this.
eduardo asta commented
It happens to me also. It doesn't matter the OS or AI version. It never worked, but Adobe keeps saying the problem does not exist or it needs more info. Please, stop being lazy. The Jorge Rosillo post is from 2019!!!!! Solve the problem or kill the feature.
I'm using a MBpro 32MB OS 10.15.7 and AI 26.1.
Again: it is not a new problem. It has been happening for years...
This is indeed very annoying. It seems to be related with copying elements from different layers, as it works when all elements are on the same layer.
I've just run into this issue myself and discovered how to replicate and more importantly, avoid the issue.
When selecting objects on an artboard by clicking/dragging a selection box around the objects, AVOID YOUR SELECTION BOX GOING OFF ANY EDGE OF THE ARTBOARD. By doing this, the Paste in Place will work as desired when clicking the desired destination artboard and using the Paste in Place command (Shift + Cmd + V).
Hope that helps 👍
Dear Adobe Team,
Do we have any solution for the "Paste in Place" issue? I have updated to the latest version and still not helping. Still facing the same issue. Please help. Thank you
eduardo asta commented
It also happens with me. Pasting in place is an old issue. It has never worked fine.
I'm running the 25.2.3 version on a MacBook Pro i9 32GB OS 10.15.3.
There is a explaning video explaining bellow and I've sent more material by email.
Same issues in 25.2.3 on Mac os X 10.15.7 . So frustrating, Can copy and paste an object from one file to another file too.
Attached a screen rec for your reference.
Stephan Mönninghoff commented
I am having the same problem. You can test this with a file with many artboards. Copy an object from one artboard and pan away from the artboard, even select another artboard. You will very easily succeed in pasting away from the object's original place, even if you choose "Paste in Place".
Jorge Rosillo commented
Hey guys, I´m pleased to tell you that I found a "solution" to this problem, I concluded that the problem it´s due to some sort of trouble with the coordinates inside an illustrator file, plus some problem with the act of selecting an object.
So what I´m doing is the following:
if selecting all the objects in an artboard, with the selection tool, click-drag to select all objects from outside the artboard > click any object INSIDE the artboard (as if selecting a key object, which is gonna happen) > then CMND/CTRL+C or CMND/CTRL+X to copy or cut objects > go to target artboard and click inside it > without clicking anywhere else, CMND/CTRL+F/B to paste either at the bottom or in front of everything.
and that's how I resolved it, this applies either if you are coping/cutting-pasting into a single file with multiple artboards or if you are doing so from a tab to another, and of course, when doing this both artboards must be the same size.
Let me know if this helped you!
Stephan Mönninghoff commented
Do you have several artboards? It has never worked if more than one artboard was present. It will paste into the active artboard at the same co-ordinate (but you have no indication as to what the active artboard is or which one Illustrator sees as the active one).
Steve Gehring commented
paste in place seems to have stopped working properly?
Having already deleted preferences 5 minutes ago for a separate annoying issue, this one is presenting itself right now. WHY does past in place not work relative to the artboard? I paste in place from another document with the exact same size artboards and it pastes in random places, or it's placing the art based on an overall XY coordinates of the entire file. Am I missing something? Thanks in advance for any answers.
The same problem, pastes in random places.
in my case, it happened because when I updated the illustrator, from cc2019 to 2020, a dialog box popped up asking if I would delete the preference or keep it, and I chose to keep it, after that, my illustrator 2020 could not copy and paste correctly.
after trying various methods and failed, finally, I deleted all the illustrator preferences, manually, located in (Local Disk C - User - (User Name) - AppData - Roaming - Adobe - Adobe Illustrator), after entering, there was a folder that said the numbers that indicate the version of Illustrator that we are using, but first turn on the hidden file feature, because this file is hidden. What I do is delete all existing folders. Then you can restart the computer and try again to open the illustrator application, but my advice, after you delete the folder, do the uninstall program illustrator and install again with a creative cloud, after that try again. for my case it worked.
sorry before if my English is not good.
Same issue on illustrator cc 2020 now :/
Cristoffer Sevilla commented
Same issue on Mac. Very frustrating