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Turn off selection highlights

When you select a complex object that has many anchor points, you might find them distracting. Fortunately, you can hide these anchor points and simplify what you see.

When you hide the anchor points, selecting an object displays its centerline path and the rotation and scaling handles, but not its anchor points.

To hide anchor points

  1. On the Edit menu, point to Options, and then click Display.

  2. On the Display panel, clear the Show selected object points check box.

Note that you can still select and modify the anchor points by using the Direct Selection tool and Lasso Selection tool if you know where to click. Once you select specific anchor points, they do appear.

You can also hide both the anchor points and the centerline path to get a completely unobstructed view of your selected objects.

To hide anchor points and the centerline path

  • On the View menu, point to Show, and then click Edges (or press CTRL+H).

The object or objects remain selected, but the only indication is the rotate and scale handles around the object's bounding box. You can show the highlights again by clicking anywhere on the object or objects.

The same object showing edges (left) and without edges (right)

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For additional simplification, you can also hide the eight rotate and scale handles around selected objects.

To hide the rotate and scale handles

  1. On the Edit menu, point to Options, and then click Display.

  2. On the Display panel, clear the Show resize handles check box.

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