I am unable to use the "paste in front" function. It does not matter if I use the keyboard command or go to edit>paste in front. No matter what I do, it pastes the object in its original location. I have tried to change between Global and Artboard rulers as per a previous suggestion but it did not help. I have read a ton of similar posts but none of the suggestions have worked.

I am getting very frustrated as I've used this function many times in the past and never had an issues until today and this issue is stalling a big project. Anyone have

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    Could it be that what ever is in front, is on a different layer above the one you're trying to paste.
    – Joonas
    Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 21:45
  • Are you just copying something then pasting in front? That will just put a duplicate exactly on top of the original.
    – Scott
    Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 22:14

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It could be a number of things:

  1. Your drawing mode is set to Draw Behind. Check your tools panel to see if you see the following:

Tools panel set to Draw Behind

If you do, click the first option or press Shift-D until your mode changes to Draw Normal. If your tools panel is in one-column mode, the Shift-D command will still work, or look for the drawing mode at the bottom (you will only see one icon instead of all three).

  1. You are copying from a different layer and "Paste Remembers Layers" is checked. Look in your layers panel flyout menu and uncheck that option. The flyout menu is here:

Layers panel flyout menu

  1. You are copying and pasting onto a layer that is lower in the layer stack than the object you want to paste in front of. In the following example, if I try to cut the rectangle on layer 1 and paste in front on layer 1 or 2, it will still appear behind the ellipse.

Example with ellipse and rectangle with three layers

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