Been using Illstrator for over 7 years now, and never really wanted to ask this question, but I have to now. If I draw a sqaure using the rectangle tool, it shows a cross in the centre, and if I draw one using the pen tool, there is no cross. Is the cross there to merely show the centre or does it have a different purpose in showing it's a different property? Also, if you want to recreate this, make sure you are in Outline View (⌘/ctrl + Y) .
Thanks in advance!
It's the center point of the rectangle; useful for alignment and movement. Can be turned off in the Attributes panel (icons on the left). The rectangle created with the Pen tool can have one as well; just needs to be turned on.
Magic! Thanks for putting that to rest for me!