I made previous work (as a beginner) in Illustrator CS6 and now when I select the rectangle tool it is by default oblique.

Also, I would like to reset the rectangle to its orginal alignement/direction (zero degree).

Thanks in advance for your help,

  • did you play with guides preferences?
    – Ilan
    Aug 16, 2014 at 8:55
  • I remember that I used the guides in a tutorial but not sure regarding its preferences.
    – Space
    Aug 16, 2014 at 9:01
  • reset prefs -graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/11407/…
    – Ilan
    Aug 16, 2014 at 9:17
  • There is no preference file in my folder I my folder C:\Users\<MyComputerName>\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator CS6 Settings\en_GB\x86.In fact it seems that I was in the 'Essentials' workspace and for an unknown reason the rectangle tool provides oblique shape there. Everything becomes normal when I change the workspace.
    – Space
    Aug 16, 2014 at 9:33
  • Is it normal that the rectangle tool shape be oblique in the 'Essentials' workspace?
    – Space
    Aug 16, 2014 at 9:35

4 Answers 4


Preferences > General and set the Constrain Angle to 0°


How to change the angle of a vector shape

If you need to only change the angle of a shape without changing your preferences, you can:

1) Click the shape and then look on the option menu for the link with the word "Shape"

Changing the shape of a rectangle or vector in Adobe Illustrator

2) Change the angle and your other options there

How to modify the angle or rotation of a rectangle or vector

How to change the default angle for all new vector shapes

If you want to change the default angle and make every new rectangle with the same specific angle, you can go in the "Preferences panel", and simply enter the angle you want by default in the "Constrain Angle" field.

How to change the angle by default in Adobe Illustrator Preference panels


This has happened to me. I had switched perspective grid that I did not notice. It can also be turned on you. You shut down as follows: View - Perspective grid - Hide Grid


View - Perspective grid - Hide Grid worked for me

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