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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 '16 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 '16 at 8:50
  • How to do that please? – Dims Feb 18 '16 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 '16 at 11:33
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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

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  • 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 '16 at 11:29

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