Turn off the perspective grid in Illustrator CS5

Posted by in Design on September 29, 2010


This is what will sometimes appear on your screen.

For the past few weeks in using Illustrator CS5, it has come to my attention that a very consistent problem kept coming up, the perspective grid.
If you use the key command Shift + O to modify your art boards you may sometimes hit Shift + P instead, by doing so it will add a very intrusive grid on your screen. It’s not very clear how to remove this massive distraction at first glance, so here’s how to do it:


View > Perspective Grid > Hide Grid

Mac Keyboard Command:

Shift + Command + i

Windows Keyboard Command:

CTRL + Shift + i

  • http://jentanbernardus.com Jentan Bernardus

    This saved me some time from finding it out myself, thank you!

  • http://lemd.ca leigh

    You’re welcome! I’m glad it helped.

  • http://www.twitter.com/japhigu japhigu


  • Aaron

    Thank you!I learned.

  • http://Thanks Tim

    Thanks dude

  • http://www.natobottoart.blogspot.com natalie

    Thank you!!!!! IT was driving me batty 🙂

  • Kay

    thanks! this is very annoying indeed.

  • Pedro

    Thanks from Brazil!

  • Karen

    Thank you for this! I am starting to learn Illustrator and I’ve been hitting many random things that make random things pop up which in turn make me very frustrated. This helped a lot! 🙂

  • http://mrare.ca Leigh

    Yeah it drove me nuts haha

  • K8lyn

    Thank you! It was killing me!

  • Scott K

    What a massively stupid feature to have in the first place. People who want to draw in perspective should LEARN HOW and not bother longtime users with this annoying so-called feature. The most basic drawing features of Illustrator have been buried over time by useless twaddle like this.

  • Scott K

    Rather, Adobe should not bother with this annoying feature, I should have said. A cheater tool like this is no substitute for learning to draw perspective theory correctly.

  • clint d

    that is amazing. i can’t believe there are only 13 other comments. worst feature ever.

  • saul good

    thank you!! another mind-blowingly stupid ‘feature’ of illustrator cs5..

  • SusanUSA

    Thanks! I was going nuts trying to get the grid turned off.

  • Mike

    word!!!!! you rock

  • Andrea

    It makes me laugh , finding so many people (me included) having this problem. I’m not an illustrator-guru but it isn’t normal going nuts to get rid of A GRID in this suite. very tedious!

  • riccardo

    I said a boom chicka rocka chicka rocka chicka boom!

  • Mike

    Illustrator is much tougher to use than Corel Draw. A lot less user friendly. Too bad…but thanks this was driving me nuts I finally got out of it!

  • Zane

    That thing is a bastard. Thanks.

  • Anna

    Thanks! Very simple, but very useful.

  • zobi

    thanks dude 😀

  • Tanvir

    thanks dude!! its a real pain in the head with that thing.

  • http://www.nufc.com Dolly

    Pain in the arse to find. Cheers mate.

  • Michiel

    Great thread! Thanks, saved some valuable time here.

  • Catherine

    thanks so much !!!!!

  • http://- Carina

    Thanks for saving me the stress of finding out how to delete the grid. Your site was the first on Google with the answer! Good on you! I’ll come back here again!

  • http://www,stephensonturner.com Catherine

    Ahhhhhh! Thank you!!!!

  • Joshua

    Phew, that was annoying, thanks….

  • yvonne

    ty so mucchhhhhhhhhhhhh!

  • jay

    thank you!!!

  • Anandaroop Ghosh

    thank you so much. saved me a lot of time.

  • alia khairat

    oh thank god! That explains why all the squares I draw come out skewed all of a sudden?

  • http://non mushroomer

    another way to remove the grid
    press shift+p to “select” the grid
    press that little “x” in the icon at the top left of your workspace

  • http://hkadesign,com Robert in SF

    PERSPECTIVE GRID and MASKS ISSUES in CS5 (22 yrs+ AI Devotee here).
    #1 Perspective Grid: Thanks! NOW I can FINALLY turn that #@%!!# thing on & off (MANUALLY); I couldn’t make it go away. This may free-up some keyboard shortcuts. And turn OFF Adobe’s ill-advised keyboard command for this widget. Any command involving the letter “P” should have to do with “Printing” IMHO. Thanks so much, I just couldn’t get that darn grid-matrix to go away. And most tools in Illustrator toggle on and off. Not this little Rosemary’s Baby of a Widget! I applaud Adobe’s effort at adding this type of capability in vector, “E” for effort, etc. But just like so many other ANNOYING little things in CS5 forward; I wonder whether Adobe has messed with some long-standing AI commands & functions to placate their post-Freehand Customers (???). Example:
    #2. I still HATE, HATE, HATE the WAY MASKS (DON’T) WORK in CS5! They work like they do in Freehand. With my CD standing over me I could NOT grab a masked linked file. My IT Guy gets around this by making a layer for everything masked (??!!) VERY clunky & difficult to isolate and MOVE one of MULTIPLE links or elements in a “master” mask! Hope Adobe goes back to what WORKED in Masks (BTW, I’m a Select by Path kinda guy, NOT an Area Select kinda guy, which probably exacerbates?) Just WHY did Adobe RUIN the EASE OF USE of the way Masks just worked (multiple items, no problem, just hollow tool & click!). Also, now to click to open a link in Photoshop I find I have to carefully HIDE EVERYTHING ELSE, BEFORE I can option-click to open link in PSD. Often times, I just give up & manually open link from images list in Finder. AI built it’s rep on PRECISION PLUS STREAMLINING FUNCTIONALITY for EASE of USE. AI is getting way more powerful & stable (esp. on giant-screened IntelCore Dual iMacs we use).

  • Bri

    Thanks so much for this! I accidently pressed the tool without knowing what it was a pressed. I finally found out but I was never sure what to do when it happened again. Then it happened again and so I found myself here. Now I know 🙂 Thank f**k for that!!

  • timichango

    Uh…. I might be going crazy here, but there is no ‘perspective grid’ item in my view menu… anyone have any insight into this? Gah!


  • iuri


  • silvia

    dude… saved my life… i was about to throw my mac trough the window!

  • marso


  • francois

    thank you

    • http://lemd.ca Leigh

      No problem!

  • http://www.ghostwheelgames.com Shane

    Thank you! This feature is incredibly annoying. That useless widget thing that pops up but you can’t actually click on just adds to the confusion. I suppose it might be useful at some point but the implementation is terrible.

  • Aya

    Thank you!!!!

  • http://avoidedthoughts.blogspot.com/ Jayesh

    Thanks a lot for your help.
    The tool is really annoying and hated by me.

  • Mimi

    Thanks so much for this – I tried clicking on the “x” like a lot of other forums suggested to no avail.
    Your shortcut worked beautifully.

    Many thanks!

  • a graphic

    duuuuude u rock! u saved my life and my nerves telling me how to turn this #@^%#&%$ off! you’re my god!

  • Tararrr

    Thanks for this! My head was wrecked trying to figure out how to get rid of the grid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/prettyhatemachine89 Megan

    Thank you so much!!!!!!

  • http://www.sambattyanimation.com Sam

    Hey bro thanks so much for this, really saved me some time.

  • gonza

    muchisimas gracias!

  • https://sites.google.com/site/thietkeinhanoi/ Thiet ke in Ha noi

    Very helpful – Im looking this, Thanks you very much

  • ben

    i have to say it: Thank you

  • http://tegaotojare.wordpress.com Warribros

    Problem solved! Thank you so much.

  • ACE

    Muchas gracias!! desde Costa Rica!!!!

  • Margarita

    Thank you. What I don’t understand is why the help button is so useless in all of adobe’s product. It doesn’t even respond to the word ‘Grid’. So thank you again.

  • Vivian

    Thank you… I have been starting a new file to get rid of it…


  • ck

    Thank you so much, i had this problem for a very long time. thanks.

  • andrea

    Ditto to what Silvia said! I’ve been working for hours with this freaking grid on my screen and no idea how to turn off. Thanks!!

  • Vicky

    HUGELY appreciated!

  • Mikey

    Take that perspective grid! thank you so, so much!

  • RUDY

    THANK YOU!!!!

  • ely


  • http://www.pixelignite.com Kemar

    SShhhg! Finally I can’t believe how this issue has been obstructing me. Thanks bro!

  • tere

    Thank you! it’s been annoying me to death for a few times now~

  • http://www.hotlavamonster.com/ Tim

    Major THANKS!

  • David

    thanks, that was annoying, glad to find this!

  • http://www.rajattomuus.net Jari

    Thank You!!

  • elsa

    THANK YOU !!!!!!!

  • http://no Frank

    Thank you! just spent 20 trying to do this by clicking on that round icon… wierd UI design on that part

  • Clive

    Thank you!

  • shiv

    Thanks from INDIA!

  • Theo Dixon

    Thank you :)!!!

  • Dr. Harris

    Thanks for the instructions! That tool was pitifully painful to work around.

  • Hayley

    I was totally smashing my mouse on the ‘x’ ughh. Thank you so much!

  • Tom

    Thank you very much!! If only Adobe could be as helpful, like having an obvious dismiss or escape button in the tool panel.

  • marina

    thank you so much! I was stuck with that grid and i couldn’t take it out!!!
    You saved me 🙂

  • Lori

    Thank you so much!

  • Ash

    Thanks so much for this helpful tip. I was 8 seconds from punching my computer screen. lol

  • Mimi

    Thanks SO much! Adobe help was USELESS!!!

  • Sandy

    Thank you sooooo much!! So close from throwing my computer screen at the wall

  • http://www.autoescuelabajocoste.com Autoescuela Sevilla

    Thank you so much! I was scared when the grid appears and I could’t turn off it!! thanks.

  • rod

    Thansks for your tip.
    This appearance is a very painful thing indeed and I always forget how to disable it.

  • Roxel

    Damn it, I never thought it was just easy like that… hahah.. anyway.. thank you bro…

  • Isobel

    I wanted to say thanks too, time saver!

  • http://www.jo-oakesdesign.com Jo Ooakes

    Don’t really use this and I spent ages trying to find out where it turns off. I ended up here. Thanks so much. Must remember for future! Adobe didn’t really make this very clear at all.

  • Thomas

    such a stupid feature, thanks for this trick

  • Diego Morales

    Thanks from Costa Rica! Incredible, I spent a lot of time trying to close this tool…this tip is perfect…

  • Nicky

    Thank you, thank you, thank you – was getting desperate. Interesting to see that over 2 years after your post, that this feature is still giving people grief . . . Thanks again

  • MichelleMarie

    You are doing God’s work. lol

  • Gavin

    +1 for all of positive comments above!

  • http://foremost.ca Jennilee

    You guys are just the best. (this comes up first in google, by the way. proud of you!).

  • Maarten

    Thanks!! It is ridiculous that you cannot just ‘ESCape’ things in Illustrator…

  • http://www.behance.net/umyrwd umyr

    Thank you so much – finally i get rid of this ______ grid

  • David

    Thank you so much! I realized immediately that I had accidentally hit Shift+P instead of Shift+O, so, I tried to toggle it off with the same command. That is how it should work, but obviously does not. Again, thank you!

  • http://www.twentypercentextra.com Ansel

    Thanks so much for this.

  • http://reddozer.com jane

    yea thank you!

  • ishita aswal


  • Hello

    Thanks, ur so great! Almost lost my mind with that stubborn whatchamacallit grid

  • Alfie R

    thank you!!

  • Lena

    That could’ve have driven me mad – thanks.

  • Kevin

    Thank you. This seems like it should be an intuitive command, but I have wasted hours on such things in the past. Not this time, thanks to you!

  • mark

    thanks a mills, this was driving me mad

  • THN83

    Thanks your help

  • tim

    such a silly feature. thanks

  • Mel Piper

    that’s great thanks!

  • http://www.ravihara.com ravihara

    thanks a lot dude. it was a pain in the ass

  • Mike

    Thank you!!!
    Very much appreciated. I was having a manic day and this somehow got turned on…. You’ve saved me some time for sure 🙂

  • kris

    Thank you so much!

  • Teri

    Thank you. This was so annoying.

  • Jolyn

    Thank you for your easy instructions!

  • Lisa

    This post is over 3 years old and still helping people. Couldn’t get rid of it no matter what. Thanks so much!

  • Tiffany

    Thanks very much! Old post but still very helpful!

  • Gemma

    Also if you make sure that the perspective tool is clicked, you can then close the annoying grid from the icon that appears on the top left corner

  • Partho

    Hi guys,

    some how the Perspective Grid Widget which comes up in the Top left Corner is hidden is can not see the option how to get that widget on the screen the grid is coming up but not the small icon

    Please help me Guys
    email me: partho.chakraborty@live.com

  • Tisa

    I was ready to kill someone -thank you for preventing me from becoming a murderer

  • Kellie

    I couldn’t believe google found this question before I’d even typed the ‘p’ for ‘perspective’. Great post, thanks.

  • http://www.mindatlarge.webs.com Rae Smith

    thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Cath

    Thank goodness! This was driving me batty.

  • http://mrare.ca Leigh

    Haha batty, such a good word. Glad this post is still providing help to everyone after 3 years.

  • Eli

    Thank you, whoever you are, whenever you might be ! 🙂

  • Al Aldridge

    Fuck Yeahhhh!!!! Thanks dude I was close to stab my pen into the screen 🙂

  • Haya

    Thanks! that really helped.

  • mamun


  • http://users.telenet.be/bubble-art/index.html inge

    I used it to draw a display and once you know how it’s quite handy. You can turn it of bij selecting the perspectivetool and clicking the little cross. Hidden under the perspectivetool is the perspective selectiontool. Put on the grid, make a selection ex a circle and drag with the perspectiveselection, now you have a circle in perspective. in the little box on top you can choose the plane you’re working in. It’s not very intiutive but once you know how it’s very easy for some fast architectural stuff.

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  • Ana

    That was very very useful. Thanks man.

  • http://normative.com Blair

    Thanks – this was making me absolutely mental.

  • http://www.dj-darad.blogspot.com Dj Darad

    CTRL + Shift + i


  • http://hamkaz Hannah


  • James

    Thank you.

  • http://www.believe-cs.com Rosie Martinez-Dekker

    Million of thanks, you save me to start getting annoyed before a deadline!

  • Maurice Go

    Thank You! You are a Big Time Saver!!

  • Valsoraj


  • fujiko

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kate

    Thank you!

  • Bhaskar

    thank you ..

  • Aki Isamu

    Thank you so much!!! No one else on the internet will answer this kind of question…

  • Bren

    Brilliant. to the point. Thanks

  • john

    Hello, Can you help me?

    i’m using illustrator cs5. so by my mistake,i had turn on the Perspective Grid tool. so, i have turn off that later. but selection tool is different.i’can’t scale any designs with that tool.how do i get original selection tool again.please help me.

  • http://www.cssolutions.com.hk Shweta

    Perfect…! Thanks a lot

  • Nate

    it should be View > Perspective Grid > Destroy Grid

    • http://www.arceramics.co.uk/ Andrea Román

      haha, agree!

  • http://rainbowsendpastries.com Sarah

    Omg! Thank you so, SO much! I was on the verge of being crazy.

  • Ryan T

    Thanks a ton. Glad I’m not the only one. I was about to toss my tablet out the window lol.

  • Chris

    Yet Another thanks! =)

  • Pak Nayop

    more than 30 minutes precious time has been saved.

  • Alan

    Thanks. 5 years later later and that simple little menu thing saving so many people, so much time.

  • Mary

    You are a popular guy. Thanks!

  • http://www.fridyvisser.nl Fridy Visser Knof

    Thanx, that came out very handy!

  • incredulicious

    thank you, what an annoying view.

  • alonzop


  • Insight

    Thank you very much. 😉

  • molerat

    God bess you!

  • Chemene Phillips

    Thank you!! Drives me nuts!

  • Yahya Atiya

    Thank you!

  • https://www.facebook.com/fotograficadigital Oscar Duarte

    Muchas gracias. La odio y nunca me ha sido útil /Thank you very much. I hate it and never has been useful to me. Tip. Windows: Shift+Ctrl+i

  • https://www.facebook.com/fotograficadigital Oscar Duarte

    Muchas gracias. La odio y nunca me ha sido útil /Thank you very much. I hate it and never has been useful to me. Tip. Windows: Shift+Ctrl+i

  • Em

    I have done this though, and then saved the file but when i reopen it is back again.

  • robert starzyński

    thanks a lot

  • Betsy Hudson


  • pdsnews

    Thank you!! – HATE is not strong enough a word for this annoying garbage. The main problem is that if you click the micro small “x” in the icon that appears on the top left hand corner when Perspective Grid is annoyingly activated, the feature will not dismiss, therefore, you have to deep dive into to the menu structure to delete it. But don’t as Adobe, nothing is ever wrong in their perfect world!!

  • Jackie

    Thank you!

  • sahin


  • http://www.sop.name.my/ gnesop

    thank you

  • https://www.facebook.com/periblog Périblog

    What a stupid bug.

  • Shatrudhan Palsaniya

    thank you very much so much..