When I create a shape, like a rectangle, it starts out slightly rotated down to the right. This happens every time I start a new file and create a new rectangle. I don't see rotation in the appearance panel. When I look at the transform panel it lists rotation at zero. Yet all of my shapes tilt down and to the right.

How can I stop my shapes from auto rotating?

  • Does the Appearance Panel show any transform or rotation items?
    – Scott
    May 18, 2012 at 16:36
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    Put a shim under your monitor to level it out. May 18, 2012 at 18:58

2 Answers 2


First Check if the constrain angle is set to 0

-> Preferences

else if its something wrong with your illustrator you can try writing a script to counter-rotate each shape a little (that is if all your shapes rotate the same amount) as a last resort. Or trying to install a new/different version of illustrator.

It should be the constrain angle though

  • That solved it! It was the constrain angle. Thank you so much!
    – PixelGraph
    May 21, 2012 at 19:43

at first go to preference (press ctrl+k) and change the value of "Constrain Angle" to 0 (zero). press ok button. see the image below:

auto angle

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    – user9447
    Oct 29, 2014 at 18:02

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