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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!

{ 49 Comments }

  1. Max

    This may have already been answered, but does anyone have any insight into why this feature becomes disabled from one project to another in the first place?

    Thanks!

    • Chris Perryman

      I am not aware of the cause…software bug?

    • Max

      Yeah, that’s what most of the Adobe forums said. Something about certain background processes interfering with illustrator. It’s definitely a nuisance to deal with but thankfully it’s an easy fix!

  2. Katya Zorin

    It worked awesome- Thank you!!!!!

    • Thank god for people like you to save us.
      I HATE Illustrator! It is such an unintuitive, left-brained, piece of shit.
      For anyone who had the pleasure of using Freehand, you have my sympathy.

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