Sometimes I want to click the pen tool on the end of the path. This can be to change the direction of the path (if I'm doing text along a path). Or it can be to extend the path.

Most the time this is no problem. But sometimes Illustrator decides that no, it's not the pen tool I want. The program will change the pen tool to the subtract anchor point tool and delete the point.

Is there a way I can avoid or disable this unhelpful feature?

  • Are you hitting the last placed point? Some point in the middle? I'm not sure I understand exactly what you're doing.
    – Hanna
    Feb 17, 2016 at 20:59
  • As far as I'm aware the subtract point tool only appears on mid points. Are you sure you're targeting the end point?
    – Cai
    Feb 17, 2016 at 21:14
  • I had thought I was clicking on an end point. But these comments led me to check it. It was a midpoint but angled 180 degrees so it looked like an end point. Thanks.
    – HopDavid
    Feb 17, 2016 at 21:25
  • Glad you figured it out!
    – Cai
    Feb 17, 2016 at 21:53

2 Answers 2


For the sake of posting the answer:

Make sure you are actually selecting an endpoint, not a midpoint. Clicking a midpoint will remove the placed point, clicking an endpoint should not.

Another thing to check if your pen tool is acting weird is to make sure none of your keys are stuck or have a cat sitting on them. For instance holding alt would change the pen tool's behavior as well.


Uncheck Auto Add/Delete in the Preferences.

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