Every time I use an effect or a modifying function ("Extrude and Bevel" or "Split into grid" for example) I have to check "Preview". I always want preview to be enabled.

Is there a way to get Illustrator to have preview enabled by default?

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No, it is not possible.

Note, the Spacebar will toggle the preview option in some dialog windows. (specifically, those without any input fields)

  • Ok, darn it. Space will often just add a space into the the input field that is selected in the dialog. Sep 1, 2014 at 15:48
  • ... that's why I posted "some".
    – Scott
    Sep 1, 2014 at 15:50
  • That's why I posted "will often" :) Thanks for the answer. I hope Adobe changes this in the future! Sep 1, 2014 at 15:52

use tab to move focus to the checkmark

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    Please explain better what you mean, for example add a screenshot ...
    – Mensch
    Jan 28, 2016 at 10:01
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    It works - but it's just as annoying to have to do that every time as it is to click it with the mouse cursor :) Jan 29, 2016 at 10:20
  • This doesn't answer the question.
    – Ambo100
    Mar 2, 2017 at 16:21

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