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When you’re using Adobe Illustrator, it’s not always easy to switch tools without going back to the tool bar and clicking on a new tool icon.
For example, if you are using the TYPE tool (T) but you want to switch to SELECTION (V) tool, you can’t just press the V key because that would end up adding the letter “v” to your text box.
Or, let’s say you’ve drawn a line with the PEN (P) tool and you’d like to drawn a second but unconnected line. If you move the pen tool to the new spot and start to draw, you’ll discover that Illustrator thinks the new line is a continuation of the previous one and connects the two automatically.
In both cases, and in other situations similar to these, all you need to do is press the
CTRL + SHIFT + A
keys and your tool tip will be reset. Then if you press the V key, your tool will switch to the selection tool. Or if you move the pen tool to a new spot and start to draw, the pen will be reset and the new line will not be connected to the old one.