I have a path created via merging a lot of smaller paths and for whatever reason this time around, it's absolutely filled with stray points and lines. I've run path > clean up and received the "no clean up necessary" message, and select > stray points doesn't select anything. Here's what I'm dealing with: Any way I can get rid of these without individually selecting them all? They seem to be permanently attached to my path.
Select the art and try hitting the Unite button on the Pathfinder Panel. (
Window > Pathfinder)
In Pathfinder window, what is the difference between a shape mode and a pathfinder?
You may also be able to select just the outer path via the Direct Selection Tool (white arrow) and lock it (
Object > Lock). Then you can click-drag with the Direct selection Tool to select the inner paths and hit Delete without mistakenly removing the large outer path. Then unlock the outer path (
Object > Unlock All).
In addition, if they are truly empty paths, as in no fill no stroke, you may be able to select one... then choose
Select > Same > Fill & Stroke to select them all, then just hit the Delete key.
You could use the Layers Panel to target the entire layer (or group), if appropriate, then shift-click the outer path in the Panel to deselect that and then hit Delete to remove the inner paths.