Somehow, I managed to turn off the background color of my artboards in Illustrator, so I can't see any differences between the background of the whole file and the artboards themselves.

Does someone know how to fix this problem? I want my artboards to have a white background again.

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    What do you mean by "no background"? Have you hidden the artboards? The toggle is Shift+CTRL+H
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Jan 24, 2018 at 13:41
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    Did you enable overprint preview
    – joojaa
    Commented Jan 24, 2018 at 14:05
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    View > Overprint Preview or View > Show Artboards
    – Scott
    Commented Jan 24, 2018 at 15:08
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    Try: Shift + Ctrl + H (view>>hide show/hide artboards.). Also: document setup>>simulate colored paper.
    – LeoNas
    Commented Jan 24, 2018 at 20:20
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    @LeoNas Thank you verry much! This was the solution! I dont know why I didn't think about this, was kinda obvious that it must be something like this when the artboards of just one file are not visible. Have a good one :-)
    – LUEH
    Commented Jan 26, 2018 at 14:29

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Your artboard is hidden.

Use Shift + Ctrl + H (menu: view>>hide show/hide artboards).

Also: document setup > simulate colored paper and play with the colors in Transparency box. Then you can view that color when enabling the Transparency grid.

See the image below.

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Go to Edit > Preferences > User Interface. There you will find a slider to control the darkness of the area around your artboard:

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  • Which version do you use? I use the latest CC version and under the path you mentioned I see a verry different interface. link
    – LUEH
    Commented Jan 26, 2018 at 14:26

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