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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).

Issue:

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!

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  1. 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.

  2. 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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