How To Reset Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is a widely-used vector graphics software. However, like any other software, it may encounter issues that might disrupt your workflow. One of the most common ways to solve these issues is to reset the Illustrator settings. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the process of resetting Adobe Illustrator step by step.

Method 1: Resetting Adobe Illustrator Via Keyboard Shortcut

For minor glitches, the fastest way to reset Adobe Illustrator is by using a keyboard shortcut. Please ensure you close any open projects before proceeding.

Step 1: Close Adobe Illustrator, if it’s open.

Step 2: Re-open Adobe Illustrator. As soon as you open the application, press and hold the following keys:

  • For Windows users: Shift + Ctrl + Alt
  • For Mac users: Shift + Command + Option

A dialogue box will appear, asking you if you want to delete the Adobe Illustrator settings. Click ‘Yes’, and Illustrator will be reset to its default settings.

Method 2: Manually Deleting Preferences File

If you’re experiencing more serious issues, you might need to manually delete the Preferences file. Remember to backup your settings before proceeding with this method.

Step 1: Close Adobe Illustrator, if it’s open.

Step 2: Navigate to the Preferences file. Its location will depend on your operating system:

  • For Windows users: C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator [version] Settings
  • For Mac users: /Users/username/Library/Preferences/Adobe Illustrator [version] Settings

Step 3: Delete the Preferences file. Here’s how:

// Windows
Right-click the file named 'AIPrefs' and select 'Delete'.

// Mac
Click on the file named 'Adobe Illustrator Prefs' and drag it to the Trash.

Step 4: Restart Adobe Illustrator. It will automatically regenerate a new Preferences file, effectively resetting the software to its default settings.

After resetting Adobe Illustrator, you should find that the software now functions smoothly. Always remember to back up your settings and files before resetting any software to prevent losing crucial data. If you continue to experience issues after resetting Adobe Illustrator, consider reaching out to Adobe Support for further assistance.