There seems to be some kind of glitch going on here, or maybe I need to reset my settings. When I use the direct selection tool to select the anchor point of a shape, and then press right or left only once, the anchor point moves very far over to the right or to the left:

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^ that is only after one keystroke. What can I do here to get the movements of the direct selection tool back to normal? I'm seeing some videos out there on how to use the direct selection tool but not how to reset it, if that's what the issue is here.

Also Command + Shift + B doesn't do anything for me:

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Any ideas?

  • I can't replicate the problem. Sorry. Try resetting your preferrences
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented May 29, 2021 at 18:16
  • Check grid, zoom, used units and the preferences for nudge size
    – joojaa
    Commented May 29, 2021 at 18:31
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    Preferences > General > Keyboard increments
    – Scott
    Commented May 29, 2021 at 18:39
  • @Scott Yeah my Keyboard increments were set to 18 inches lol. Thanks. Commented May 29, 2021 at 21:03

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The amount of "nudge" or distance used when tapping arrow keys is controlled in the Illustrator preferences.

Illustrator > Preferences > General
Check the Keyboard Increments setting.
This is the nudge distance.

It would appear to me, that you simply have a large nudge setting in place.

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