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Adobe Illustrator Smart Guides Not Working [Solved & FixZD]

Adobe Illustrator Smart Guides Not Working

Smart guides are a lifesaver for a few users, and sometimes you may be unable to turn them on or off.

In this blog post, we will learn how to turn them on in preferences and then be able to use them by toggling them on/off from View Menu.

Turning On Smart Guides in Preferences

The first thing you need to do when your Adobe illustrator Smart guides are not working is to ensure they are correctly set up in preferences.

To do so:

  • Go to preferences by clicking Illustrator in the top right corner
  • Then click Preferences
  • Then click Smart Guides
Go to Preferences > Smart Guides to adjust smart guides features

Once you are in the Smart Guides panel, as shown in the image below, ensure all of the features a Smart Guide offers are toggled on; otherwise, you won’t be able to find your Smart Guides working.

Toggle desired features of Smart Guides.

Turning On Smart Guides in View

Turning on smart guides alone in preferences will not make them work. You will have to toggle them on in the View menu.

To do so;

  1. Click on View from the list of menus at the top
  2. Click on Smart Guides to turn them on
Turn on Smart Guides in the view menu

You can also use the following keyboard shortcuts to toggle Smart Guides on and off.

Mac: CMD+U
Windows: CTRL+U

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