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I have several circles that are set at type none color and 0.01 black stroke. They're all currently in paths (except two I made into compound paths). I want to know how to remove the stroke from the areas where the shapes overlap.
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I want it to look like what's on the right.

What I've done so far: I can get somewhere if I select the two hollow circles which are currently 4 separate paths and make them into a compound path on exclude, but it still looks like the image on the left. I tried removing the anchors, but that does something completely different since those two circles are then broken up into a total of 7 pieces at the intersection points.

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If the lower arcs are closed you can Select all the shapes, go to Pathfinder (Window -> Pathfinder) and choose Unite function

Two upper circles are compound path

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Select the shapes and click-drag with the Shape Builder Tool to easily combine areas.

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Note: That last click-drag I performed isn't really needed :)

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I deleted my answer, cause your is 46k times better –  Ilan Apr 9 at 20:37
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@Ilan multiple, different answers are encouraged. You never know what answer a user will find most beneficial. I'd suggest you undelete it ;) –  Scott Apr 9 at 20:38
    
done. But anyway, I'd accept your answer –  Ilan Apr 9 at 20:40
    
What about in illustrator cs4 (which I'm using)? I believe there isn't a shape builder tool. –  user2899444 Apr 9 at 20:42
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