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Hello one and all. :) I am trying to teach myself Adobe Illustrator 9.0. Yes, I may be slow and behnid the times but at least I can learn the basics. To help me do this, I purchased Adobe Illustrator 9.0 Classroom in a Book. I'm having a problem with page 3, "Restoring Default Preferences." It wants me to delete or rename the "AIPrefs" file. The FAQ topic, "Deleting Illustrator Preference File" said to do the following: "To locate the file from Windows Explorer it is necessary to set Explorer options to "View Hidden Files and Folder." My only question ...

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    Default Trying to beat the Preference File Blues.

    Hello one and all. :)

    I am trying to teach myself Adobe Illustrator 9.0. Yes, I may be slow and behnid the times but at least I can learn the basics. To help me do this, I purchased Adobe Illustrator 9.0 Classroom in a Book. I'm having a problem with page 3, "Restoring Default Preferences." It wants me to delete or rename the "AIPrefs" file. The FAQ topic, "Deleting Illustrator Preference File" said to do the following:

    "To locate the file from Windows Explorer it is necessary to set Explorer options to "View Hidden Files and Folder." My only question is, how do you do this? How do I set Explorer options to "View Hidden Files and Folder"?

    Thanks! :)
    Scott,
    Roseville, Ca.
    MacS@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: Trying to beat the Preference File Blues.

    My Computer
    if Win9x View/Folder Options/View
    of XP straight to Folder Options
    Show All Files Option

    Mac

    Mac_McDougald@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: Trying to beat the Preference File Blues.

    Windows-F, then in search option box, enable search for hidden files.

    Bert
    B. Philippus Guest

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    The easiest way to delete and make a new AIPrefs file (don't even have to SHOW HIDDEN FILES) is to close Illustrator, then click on the Illustrator launching icon and IMMEDIATELY click and hold down CONTROL SHIFT ALT keys until you get the message asking if you want to delete all settings. Say YES and Illustrator will open with a brand new AIPrefs with original defaults set.

    Bob
    BobHill@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Bob,

    That's for CS only. Previous versions it was a 'manual' job...


    LenHewitt@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Minor difference, but on my XP it is My Computer / Tools / Folder Options / View / hidden Files and folders (about half way down Advanced Settings
    Gordon_Anderson@adobeforums.com Guest

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