Please as stated above in the title, how can I clean up extra points in a path? keeping only the extrem points that holds a path inbetween?

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Thank you very much!

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Select them with the Direct Selection Tool (white arrow), then click the Minus Anchor Point button on the Control bar.

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Note that for curves it's way more problematic.

See here: Illustrator - Delete points but keep curves

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    For curves, select a path, then use Path, Simplify Path. If you go too far on multiple simplify clicks, use Undo to back as much as required
    – fred_dot_u
    Apr 11, 2020 at 1:38
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    If this is a regular task I'd recommend a look into the Astute Plugins, as recommended in one of the answers in the linked thread. Also these plugins are free for a 2 weeks trial.
    – AAGD
    Apr 11, 2020 at 7:03

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