Illustrator is a well-known and widely used program for working with vector graphics. Since it is widely used, some glitches can sometimes occur for people. Problems don’t happen often, but things do happen, however it’s not always Illustrator’s fault. Some problems may be related to the system.
Fix missing tools, toolbar, and panel in Illustrator
You may have an issue where some tools do not appear in the Tools section and some panels are missing from the Windows list. Here are some of the solutions you can try. Please note that these solutions are for Illustrator CS2 – CS5. If you experience these issues with later versions of Illustrator, please report it to Adobe and check their website and community for solutions.
- Reconfigure the Illustrator plugins folder. (CS2 only)
- Re-create the Illustrator settings file
- Increasing system resources
- Uninstall Illustrator, re-create the Illustrator preferences file, and then reinstall Illustrator. (CS2 only)
1]Reconfigure the Illustrator plugins folder. (CS2 only)
- Choose Edit > Preferences > Plugins and Scratch Disk.
- Click choose, and then select folder plug-ins in the Illustrator CS2 folder and click OK. (The default Illustrator CS2 folder is in Program FilesAdobe.)
- Restart illustrator.
2]Re-create the Illustrator settings file.
- Close Illustrator.
- Remove AIPrefs from the following location:
- For Illustrator CS5: Users/(user)/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Adobe Illustrator CS5 Settings
- For Illustrator CS4: Users/(user)/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Adobe Illustrator CS4 Settings
- For Illustrator CS3: Users/(user)/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Adobe Illustrator CS3 Settings
- For Illustrator CS2: Users/(user)/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Adobe Illustrator CS2 Settings
Please note that files may be hidden, so you may need to enable viewing hidden files and folders.
3]Increase System Resources
Close applications other than Illustrator, including those running in the background (such as font management utilities), and reduce the number of active TrueType fonts. (To prevent applications from starting automatically with Windows, remove them from the Startup folder.) Having too many fonts can cause your computer to use too many resources and cause problems with illustrator and other software.
If insufficient system resources are available, Illustrator may not properly display tools and palettes. A corrupted preferences file can also cause tools and palettes to display incorrectly in Illustrator.
4]Uninstall Illustrator, re-create the Illustrator preferences file, and then reinstall Illustrator. (CS2 only)
Uninstall Illustrator, re-create the Illustrator preferences file, and then reinstall Illustrator.
To uninstall Illustrator: Remove all personal files from the Illustrator application folder.
- If you installed Illustrator from the Illustrator CD, select Start > Control Panel > Add Or Remove Programs. Choose Illustrator cs2 and click Remove. Follow the instructions on the screen.
- If you installed Illustrator from the Adobe Creative Suite 2 CDs, select Start > Control Panel > Add Or Remove Programs. Choose Adobe Creative Suite 2 and press Remove. Follow the on-screen instructions to uninstall the Illustrator component.
To re-create the Illustrator settings file, see Solution 2.
To reinstall Illustrator:
Insert the Adobe Creative Suite 2 or Illustrator CS2 installation media.
Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation.
Note. If two different versions of Illustrator prior to CS3-CS5 are installed in the same folder, and you uninstall the earlier version after installing the later version, some toolbox tools are removed (including but not limited to the direct selection lasso). , Rectangle, Brush and Pencil). Similarly, several palettes, including Navigator, Transform, Actions, Transparency, and Navigator, are removed from the window.
How to bring back toolbars in Illustrator?
Since the toolbars are connected to the workspace, it might help if you select “Reset Workspace”. To reset the workspace, go to the top of the workspace where you see the name of the current workspace, click the down arrow and select Reset “name of current” workspace. This may help restore the default workspace and the toolbar may reappear. The side toolbar may disappear if it is not selected in the Window menu, go to Window and make sure Tools is selected.
How to add missing tools in Illustrator?
Sometimes the easiest way to add missing tools to Illustrator is to simply reset your workspace settings. To reset the workspace, go to the top of the workspace where you see the name of the current workspace, click the down arrow and select Reset “name of current” workspace. In newer versions of Illustrator, you can also add and remove individual tools by going to Window and then checking or unchecking the tools.
How can fonts affect system performance?
All TrueType font files are registered with the same key in the Windows registry. Paths to PostScript fonts can also take up space in the registry key. If the registry key contains too much information, your system may become unstable (for example, return errors). To reduce the amount of information stored in a registry key, remove the fonts. If you need the fonts, reinstall them in their default folders (C:WindowsFonts for TrueType fonts; C:Psfonts and C:PsfontsPfm for PostScript fonts). If the font files are in a folder other than the default folder, the full path to the font is included in the registry. The full path takes up more space in the key and reduces the number of fonts that can be installed without errors. For example, if the path to the font files is C:MystuffBusinessFontsTruetype FontsA-Exxxxxx.ttf, the path to the font file takes up more space than the path to the fonts installed in the C:Ttfonts folder.
Why do I need to re-create an Illustrator settings file?
Illustrator settings can be corrupted, so it’s best to recreate them. There may also be times when you make changes to settings that end up causing problems in Illustrator, so it’s best to recreate them. To recreate a settings file or restore it to its default value, close Illustrator, locate the file’s location, and delete it. Restart Illustrator and a new settings file will be created.
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