6 Replies Latest reply: Feb 13, 2014 1:15 AM by corriela RSS

    Tools defaulting to the pen tool

    Cathy2013 Community Member

      When using Ai CS6 I'm finding that no matter what tools I have selected Ai keeps defaulting to the pen tool, useually Delete Ancor. This is incredibly frustrating... Is anyone else experiencing this, or have I just not set somyhning correctly??

       

      Any help would be most welcome. Cheers Cathy.

        • 1. Re: Tools defaulting to the pen tool
          DrStrik9 Community Member

          Sorry, what do you mean by "defaulting to"? Do you meaqn when you press "p" that the delete anchor pen comes up? Or are you talking about using an alternate key to toggle between the pen tool and say, direct select, and the pen is coming back as the delete anchor tool instead of the pen tool?

          • 2. Re: Tools defaulting to the pen tool
            Cathy2013 Community Member

            Sorry didn't make myself very clear...

             

            I am working in Ai CS6 using a Wacom Intuos Tablet. What was happening was that every time I used to scroll wheel on the tablet the tool changed to one of the pen tools. I found a work around (via google) that involved turning off the keyboard shortcuts for zoom in Ai and as I only ever use the tablet to zoom the fix, while not ideal, is working at the moment.

             

            Interestingly, the keyboard shortcuts for zoom in and out are very similar across CS but the problem was only happening in Ai.

             

            Cheers Cathy

            • 3. Re: Tools defaulting to the pen tool
              corriela Community Member

              Hi, I am having the same issue with Ai CC but I do use the keyboard shortcuts for zoom alot and don't want to disable these controls. I have a wacom tablet connected but have been using the mouse when this happens so I don't think it is the tablet wheel that was causing it (I'll see if the mouse wheel does the same thing). I'll try to keep an eye out for exactly what I am doing at the time it automatically selects the delete anchor tool to see if there is a consistent point and I'll post again.

              Thanks

              Corrie

              • 4. Re: Tools defaulting to the pen tool
                corriela Community Member

                Update -

                If I use the keyboard shortcuts for zoom in or out multiple times in quick succession is causes the pen tool to select i.e. If I press 'ctrl +' several times the 'Add anchor' pen tool becomes selected. If I press 'ctrl -' several times the 'Delete anchor' pen tool becomes selected.

                 

                As I said, I don't want to disable this function as it's useful, is there another work around? (I will just click them slower for now but this isn't ideal!)

                 

                Thanks Corrie

                • 5. Re: Tools defaulting to the pen tool
                  Monika Gause MVP

                  Are you really sure you didn't miss the ctrl key?

                  • 6. Re: Tools defaulting to the pen tool
                    corriela Community Member

                    I guess it's possible - I'll test it again. I was holding the ctrl key down continuously while pressing + or -

                    A colleague has shown me that I can hold Alt and use the mouse wheel to zoom instead so I'm going to try and get into the habit of that instead

                     

                    Hope that's useful to someone else

                     

                    Thanks Corrie