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I create a new file in Illustrator. 30 x 30 px. No stroke just black fill.
I create a new rectangle 27 27 px
I select the rectangle and go to the icon align to artboard
I click to the icon Horizontal Align Center and Vertical Align Center
It moves but it does not align in the center

I do not understand. Is there anything else I have see. I am sure there is not guides, no other objects. I closed and open Illustrator and still does not center.

I have the same problem if I create a new document with any new rectangle. I do not know what else to check.

Any ideas?

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Hmm, it should work. are you sure it's not grouped with another object by accident? –  SaturnsEye Aug 1 '14 at 15:14
I create a new document just to be sure. There is nothing else but a rectangle. Look at the layers –  Nrc Aug 1 '14 at 15:18
Can I upload my file any place where people could check? –  Nrc Aug 1 '14 at 15:24

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I've had this problem before. If its the same thing I experienced...here's your answer...Make sure that inside your transform tool, your "Scale Strokes & Effects" and "Align To Pixel Grid" boxes are UNCHECKED.

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Scale Stokes and Effect won't be an issue, but you're correct about the Align to Pixel Grid. –  Scott Aug 1 '14 at 16:32

What you're doing should be correct but can I suggest, from seeing your screenshot I'm not sure if you're aligning properly.

Try Window > Align and then choosing these two selections I have highlighted. Just make sure you do this while your square has been selected:

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Yes, these are the icons that I click. It is just crazy. Could it be a problem of my Illustrator? –  Nrc Aug 1 '14 at 15:22
Hmm, weird. Not a problem I've every came across, unless I've accidentally grouped it with something else. –  SaturnsEye Aug 1 '14 at 15:23
In Adobe CC 2014 - you do not have the Align to section on the pop-up but it does appear on the tool bar –  Ujjwal Singh Jul 10 at 14:09

I'm having the same problem. But it was a different issue for me. I have a design that was done in InDesign and exported to PDF, then reopened in Illustrator. When I try to align to artboard center horizontal and center-vertical, it would move but it would not be centered. If you try it again (from the position it just moved to), it would actually move to another location--almost like a step-and-repeat.

So I ungrouped, and a bunch of other boxes appear. I deleted those, and had to "release clipping mask", then I was able to center to the artboard, FINALLY!

You can see the steps I took below.

First image: placing art in document/// Image 2: trying to center horiz and vert/// Image 3: another attempt to center horiz and vert/// Image 4: ungroup and release clipping mask/// Image 5: Ta-daaa! Now it will center correctly.

Object placed on the artboard

After first center attempt

After second center attempt

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While this certainly is helpful, it has nothing to do with the original question. Perhaps you should pose this as a new question, then answer yourself with your solution. That would assist other using in finding this information. –  Scott Sep 29 '14 at 21:04

It was the hidden "Guides", they got grouped to the object(s). Unhide the guides and ungroup them from your object(s), and then try to align again.

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Windows → Align → More Options → Align to Artboard

You're currently aligning with Selection, that's the issue.

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The Align by default only works with more than one item selected.

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If you change "Align To:" Artboard it will align the item based on the dimensions of the Artboard you are using.

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This is only partially correct. If "Align To:" is set to Artboard, you only need one item selected. –  TunaMaxx Sep 29 '14 at 20:44

You need to see whether in the Align option - down right hand corner - under 'Align to section' - need to select 'Align to artboard option', then it will work properly

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I had the same problem completely randomly. I resolved it by checking 'use preview bounds'

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