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In Illustrator CC, is there a way to remove / retract bezier handles from a point?

See below picture, the two handles between the corner points are useless and I'd much rather just have a straight line. enter image description here

The one method I know to achieve this is using the pen tool and alt clicking on the corner, but that retracts both sides of the bezier, so I'd have to redraw the other side where I do want the handle.

Is there a way to just retract a specific anchor point's bezier handle?

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1. Select the Convert Anchor Point Tool (SHIFT + C)

2. Click on the end of the handle you want to remove.


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If you want to remove both handles (i.e. convert to a corner point) just click the anchor point itself.

You can also convert the anchor point to a corner point by alt + clicking on the anchor point with the Pen Tool selected or using the Convert Selected Anchor Points To Corner button in the Control panel.

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    Amazing. Just this. – kontur Apr 8 '16 at 12:10
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    If it has 2 handles and you want to remove both you can click on the point itself instead. – Dom Apr 8 '16 at 12:36
  • It mentions that in the question @Dom ;) – Cai Apr 8 '16 at 12:41
  • Oh missed that. However, you don't need to hold alt for one, and if you consider the question title, and the fact that a lot of people won't read the whole question, it would be beneficial to mention that in your answer anyway. Nothing wrong with reiterating a somewhat hidden method already mentioned in the question. – Dom Apr 8 '16 at 12:49
  • @Dom fair point. updated. – Cai Apr 8 '16 at 13:12
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There's a great plugin from Astute Graphics called VectorScribe in which you can retract the handles to any specific number, including zero.

PathScribe panel

  • Good to know. Also costs 70 bucks. – kontur Apr 8 '16 at 12:10
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    Yea, might be overkill if that's all you want from it, but it has lots and lots of tools that I get a lot of use out of. – spiral Apr 10 '16 at 9:06
  • I own the tool and appreciate the tip. – Chris Sprague Dec 5 '18 at 12:06
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So I think there might be a simpler way to quickly remove all handles and convert to the point. If you goto:

Object > Path > Simplify...

Simplify... dialog box with 'straight lines' unchecked

If you then check 'Straight Lines', it converts all points to corners, creating straight lines!

Simplify... dialog box with 'straight lines' checked. Converts all points to corners!

Hope this helps!!

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