I have a group of paths and a rectangle like so:

image with group of paths and a rectangle

I am trying to cut a hole in the rectangle using the group of paths, I have managed to do this in Photoshop just fine but I'm a bit of a newbie when it comes to illustrator. Something like this:

result from photoshop

Any help would be appreciated, step by step instructions would be even better!

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  • Welcome to the community. Questions that are easily answered from reviewing documentation or a web search for an appropriate tutorial are off-topic. – Philip Regan Sep 23 '11 at 12:10

By "cutting a hole" I assume you mean that you actually want to edit the path of the dark gray rectangle in back?

Select all.

Window→Pathfinder→Divide. Used to be called "Mix Hard" in older versions.

Use the white arrow to select your large gray box, and it should have the correct holes punched in it.

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