I often want to simplify an illustration like the one on the left here to a solid shape with just the outer paths remaining. Is there a way to remove all interior paths within an Illustrator image? (I have provided a greatly simplified demonstration of what I mean.)

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  • Select all
  • Pathfinder Panel -> Unite Button

You may then need to chose Object > Compound Path > Release and hit the Unite button on the Pathfinder Panel again.

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