Suppose I have a rectangle, which has 4 anchor points in it's angles.

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How to break it into set of 4 sides in the same places?

Below I show them shifted outside:

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    You can select spans and then cut and paste infront and the selected spans are nolonger connected.
    – joojaa
    Feb 18, 2016 at 8:45
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    Yup.. like @joojaa .. I'd merely direct select two sides, cut, and then paste in front/back. 1 click-drag, and 2 keyboard shortcuts.
    – Scott
    Feb 18, 2016 at 8:50
  • How to do that please?
    – Dims
    Feb 18, 2016 at 9:48
  • Select the spans with direct selection tool and hit Ctrl + X(for cut) and the Paste(Ctrl + V or Ctrl + Shift + V for paste in place).
    – Rishab
    Feb 18, 2016 at 11:33

2 Answers 2


There's no need to install any script cause Illustrator has the Scissors Tool that will do just that. You will find it under the Erase Tool (or simply press C ).

Just select it and click the square's anchor points:

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There is a script that can figure it out. You need to install it in illustrator , This script is named "Cut At Selected Anchors"

You may find it in http://design.tutsplus.com/articles/20-free-and-useful-adobe-illustrator-scripts--vector-3849

  • There is no actual need to propose a script for something that Illustrator already has. It's counterproductive to install scripts for everything just cause you don't know a native way of doing it.
    – Alin
    Feb 18, 2016 at 11:29

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