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Often you may think you have nothing slected, but just the mode for showoing edges has been toggled.
View >> show edges.
Command H Mac or CTRL H on PC
If you try to select and indeed nothing gets selected (you can hit dlete key as a test adn then undo) could be a number of issues
- locked layer
- locked object
- mask or other item on top is interferring
- it is a symbol
- it is in an opacity mask
- might be in an envelope
Thanks for your help Mike - I would like to add the explanation why this often gets deselected in the first place.
Since Command + H is the system default in OSX for hiding any application most people try to use this with Illustrator as well, not knowing that they in fact "hide edges" instead.
The solution to this is to go to "Edit/Keyboard short cuts" and add Command + H under "Menu commands/Illustrator" and then save.
This is just one of the many Illustrator "features" which makes it such a nuisance to use and I hope the Illustrator developers some day will get in line making Illustrator behave like other Adobe software (Indesign, Photoshop etc.).
(Sorry for venting my frustration, but having hoped for this to happen since CS1 was announced ten years ago, I have come to the point where every Illustrator feature like this just sends me through the roof.)
Thanks Mike, I was hunting for that command for a half hour!
Thanks Mike and Degraye. I can't believe a simple thing like that solves the problem. To be honest this problem shouldn't be there in the first place!! Adobe have still to do a lot with Illustrator and as an ex Freehand user there is a lot they can learn from it too!!!
Command/Control + H worked perfectly for me! Thanks a bunch!
Thanks, that was driving me crazy
You sir are a gentleman and a patriot.
Thanks, had the same problem and a quick Google found this. What a relief, I'd even got to the stage of redoing the text boxes I was trying to select. So annoying that it doesn't just hide the application. Maybe if Adobe spent a little less time on mobile apps that are rarely used and concentrated their efforts on commonly used desktop apps...
"View >> show edges." solved my issue.
OMG! Thank you for answering. I toggled that on earlier today and completely spaced it. I'm at the very end of the day...almost done and hiccup!
Perfect. Thanks for the tip!!!
Hiding the selection in text is great when kerning the letters...
thanks, the answer is helpful
I've worked on Illustrator since 1.0, and I find it the MOST cludgy app of the suite. Quick keys don't work as expected, I get lost in 45 seconds, and it seems to change everytime the cloud updates it.
I just fell victim to the "command h" scam. I agree. Adobe needs to bring it in line.