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I'm struggling to join the compound shape and path I have created in Illustrator. My usual click and hope in the pathfinder dialog is not working. See attached screenshots.enter image description here

The selected path is blue, the shape is green.

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    You can not. First you have to convert your stroke to outline path by select objects > path > outline stroke and then unite it. – hsawires Dec 29 '14 at 17:17
  • Rather than the 'click and hope' approach, Scott has answered a question here that basically explains everything in the pathfinder window :) – Jenna Dec 29 '14 at 17:45
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1) expand the stroke appearance of the wire (with the stroke selected Go to Object>Expand>check fill and Stroke>OK) 2) merge/add to the path socket or Select them all then Use Shape Builder Tool and clean residual paths. 3) clean/adjust the connection between them (remove some points)

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