I can not seem to snap a guide to the handle of a bounding box. Is this not a functionality Illustrator has?

Thank you

  • Do you have smart guides on? And what snap settings do you have enabled. Alignment guides should do the same thing.
    – joojaa
    Jul 18, 2020 at 7:41
  • I did not see this comment. Thank you for the response. I do have smart guides on, as well as snap to point. I just remember the rulers snapping to bounding boxes? (been a couple years since i moved the design fingers)
    – Cody
    Jul 18, 2020 at 21:04
  • Yes but what are your snap setting in the preferences
    – joojaa
    Jul 19, 2020 at 6:51

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My personal experience is that nothing "snaps" to the Bounding Box in Illustrator, unless Adobe has implemented something recently.

The Bounding Box isn't a "thing", an "object", an actual piece of artwork. So, with AI logic, you can't snap to something that isn't a guide or an object and the Bounding Box is neither.

If something appears to snap to the Bounding Box, it is because the limits of the selection are at the edge of the Bounding Box, not due to the presence of the Bounding Box itself (Area type is a good example of this).

Now, InDesign does snap to frames which are kind of different, in terms of the logic I suppose, but strikingly similar to AI's Bounding Box.

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