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enter image description hereenter image description heregradient annotator is not appearing suddenly. any suggestions?

what I had done so far-

reinstalled illustrator. (am using illustrator 2020) , restarted PC.

but nothing changes. activating gradient if I move my mouse A no-access sign with a doted plus appears each time. :( please help.

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You have the stroke highlighted in the Gradient Panel.

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The Gradient Annotator does not work or appear for gradients on strokes.
The annotator will only appear for fills.

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  • OH MY GOD! it came back! Thank you so much! wasted hours on this... – Suraiya Abedin Jun 5 at 19:14
  • yes, I have outlined all those strokes now the gradient bar is appearing. I didn't know this. Thanks. – Suraiya Abedin Jun 5 at 19:16
  • Hello, would you please see this?? I have attached another picture. but my gradient bar is not appearing here. I have selected the fill and outlined all stroked, but still, the bar is not showing. what is happening now? – Suraiya Abedin Jun 12 at 11:47
  • @SuraiyaAbedin The annotator doesn't appear on compound shapes either. (Shapes with "holes" in them.) You don't need the annotator. All adjustments can be made in the Gradient Panel. – Scott Jun 12 at 11:59
  • Thank you @scott. oh god... so many things yet to learn... :'( – Suraiya Abedin Jun 12 at 12:25

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