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Reset Palettes in Illustrator

 8:18 pm on Nov 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

I seem to have lost my Character palette and the menu option won't make it reappear. Isn't there a reset for this? If not any other ideas?



 1:21 pm on Nov 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

Try pressing "Ctrl" + "T" or try

Window > Type > Character

At least, that's how it works in Illustrator 10 for Windows...

Of course, after I posted I re-read your post and see that the menu option is not working. Did you accidentally drag the palette off-screen?


 1:38 pm on Nov 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

I have looked very closely at the edges to see if it is off the edge and cannot find anything to indicate that. I have repeatedly toggled the pallets on and off and do not see a hint of that darn missing palette.

Every single other palette is visible; the character palette is marked as visible in the drop-down. None of the menu options brings it back, or Ctrl-t. I am also using V10 for Windows.

Man, this makes me mad! I guess I will re-install and loose all my custom plug-ins and setup I have been using for two years. Crap.


 1:46 pm on Nov 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

If you have dragged it off screen ..surely making an oversize illustration (compared to your screen size ) and then horizontal scrolling around you ought to be able to find it again ..
BTW .which version is it


 2:04 pm on Nov 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

You could try increasing your resolution to it's max - I did it with DW a while ago for a similar problem and the properties pallette was unearthed


 2:24 pm on Nov 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

I like limbo's suggestion, and I would try that next.

If you do end up re-installing, you could always try making a copy of your Illustrator Plug-ins folder

C:\Program Files\Adobe\Illustrator 10\Plug-ins

so that you don't lose all your plug-ins (assuming you are keeping them in the same folder). I've never tried it but if you're already re-installing what do you have to lose.

Good luck and let us know if you fix this.


 5:20 pm on Nov 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

Alright, you folks are great.

I changed the monitor resolution and POOOF! there it is. Changed the res back to my normal and it stayed visible just fine.

Thanks again,


 4:43 pm on Feb 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

To recover a window off-screen:

Select File>Open... or some other dialog box that appears off-screen.

Hit the alt key.

Press the enter key.

You should now see a menu with Move as one of the options.

Hit enter again and then move your mouse. The window should now be attached to your mouse and you can move it back on screen.

[edited by: tedster at 8:19 pm (utc) on Feb. 22, 2008]
[edit reason] no personal urls - thanks [/edit]

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