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I'd like to know what the difference is between click on the Minus Front option in the Pathfinder palette and Alt+click.

marked as duplicate by Scott adobe-illustrator May 1 '15 at 19:13

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Alt+click keeps the pathfinder operation as a compound path of both original paths. This way, you can re-edit the paths, while still seeing the Pathfinder effect.

Just click will Expand the operation right away, discarding the original shapes in favour of the new one.

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    Of note. This behavior is the exact opposite in Illustrator CS3 or earlier. Adobe reversed the behavior in Illustrator CS4 forward. – Scott Sep 11 '14 at 15:27
  • @Scott So that's what was bugging me! – Vincent Sep 11 '14 at 15:28

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