So I have the letter 0 hand written. Now I want it a bit fatter. But I don't know how to scale every anchor point handle and keeping it's symmetry. The only solution I could find is to do each handle one by one but I am afraid that it loses it's symmetry.

So scale the anchor point handle in each direction of the red arrows.

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Bonus question: What is the correct name of the "handle" for an anchor point.

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    There's a programmer named Hiroyuki Sato. His script collection shspage.com/aijs/en/#Exetnd contains many useful looking tools. Extend Handles seems to do what you want (= to see the result when handles are scaled at the same time as much) No guarantee - I haven't tried to run them. There can be obsolete ones due changes in Illustrator.
    – user82991
    May 4, 2021 at 10:15

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You can scale the handles.

But, yes, you must do them one by one. That really shouldn't matter if you use numbers rather than trying to drag anything.

  • Select one anchor using the Direct Selection Tool (White Arrow)
  • Double-click the Scale Tool in the Toolbar and
  • Use the Uniform field and enter a value.

The handles will scale.

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If you select more than a single anchor, then the scale will also scale the distance between the anchors. So, one anchor at a time.

And the correct term for a handle is handle, or Bezier Handle, either is understood by users.

  • fantastic tip here, I didn't know that one can enter the values
    – Fattie
    May 4, 2021 at 18:59

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