I would say you either have a corrupt font in your system or a corrupt font cache or a corrupt preference.
User/Username/Library/Preferences/Adobe Illustrator CS 4 Settings
Trash the Adobe Illustrator CS 4 Settings folder first quittting Illustrator.
When relaunching Illy is a cure, I doubt whether corrupt preferences are implied. There was an similar issue some versions back. I will try to dig into it in some 10 hours.
Thanks for the quick responses.
Illustrator hasn't acted up since your replies. So I haven't tried your fix. Maybe posting the problem has scared by illustrator straight.
If not I will keep ou posted on my progress.
Thanks for the help.
This could be the evolution of an old bug, where if you had any right to left reading languages active in the international (or keyboard?) control panel, the menus would not show up correctly. It wouldn't be fixed by a restart though.
Thanks for the info.
Just a quick question. Illustrator should be off when I do this. Or it should be on then delete, then shut down illustrator.
Also, it seems to do this every so often. I am trying to note what is going on when this happens. The last time it did happen was when I was searching for a file and I was looking in MANY different places. I am new to mac so I am not used to Finder.
Thank you again
Deletion/moving the preferences only work if Illy is closed; otherwise it will have no effect.