Illustrator CS4 Selection Tool Won’t Scale

Whenever I get stuck with a CS4 issue, I do what any smart, tech-savvy, genius-type person would do…I Google. If you’re trying to find the answer to this issue: “Illustrator CS4 Selection Tool Won’t Scale”, you’re going to get a lot of results…but if you’re having the problem I was having, all of those results will be WRONG.

Feedback indicates this fix also works for newer version of Illustrator (CS5, CS5.5 and CS6).


When you are using the Selection Tool in Illustrator CS4, you cannot scale objects. You can move them but you cannot re-size or rotate them.

Recommended Solution:

View >> Show Bounding Box

Still not working? My problem too.

Actual Solution:

Save your AI projects and close the program. Re-launch the program and immediately hold “SHIFT + CTRL + ALT”, continue holding until AI opens. This will reset your AI preferences…PROBLEM SOLVED!


  1. Thanks man. appreciate it.

  2. That is Shift+cmd+B on a Mac … fought with that many times – when you fumble on the keyboard. And every time it happens you have forgot the combination.

  3. Izaias


  4. Barbara

    If you select the object and Object>change stroke to path (even if there is none) it seems to work.

    I did not find the other suggestions work for CC version. You can also group 2 objects then scale; delete object you don’t want.

  5. Mick

    Wow, really really thanks! This is THE sollution of the year, after a whole morning being angry I finally fixxd it! thanks !

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