September 29, 2010 - 150 comments

Turn off the perspective grid in Illustrator CS5


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



Published by: Leigh in Uncategorized


Jentan Bernardus
10/08/2010 at 9:09 pm

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

10/13/2010 at 7:18 pm

You’re welcome! I’m glad it helped.

10/21/2010 at 5:40 am


11/02/2010 at 5:36 pm

Thank you!I learned.

12/20/2010 at 10:50 am

Thanks dude

01/05/2011 at 10:17 am

Thank you!!!!! IT was driving me batty :)

01/11/2011 at 3:42 pm

thanks! this is very annoying indeed.

01/25/2011 at 12:07 pm

Thanks from Brazil!

02/03/2011 at 2:45 am

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! :)

02/24/2011 at 10:46 pm

Yeah it drove me nuts haha

03/15/2011 at 7:53 pm

Thank you! It was killing me!

Scott K
03/16/2011 at 8:27 pm

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
03/17/2011 at 1:33 am

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
03/30/2011 at 2:39 pm

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

saul good
04/15/2011 at 3:18 pm

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

05/07/2011 at 5:40 pm

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

05/11/2011 at 6:53 pm

word!!!!! you rock

05/20/2011 at 1:37 am

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!

05/27/2011 at 6:52 am

I said a boom chicka rocka chicka rocka chicka boom!

06/06/2011 at 12:41 pm

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!

06/15/2011 at 9:29 pm

That thing is a bastard. Thanks.

06/16/2011 at 7:55 am

Thanks! Very simple, but very useful.

06/21/2011 at 12:31 pm

thanks dude 😀

07/03/2011 at 1:42 pm

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

07/12/2011 at 1:55 pm

Pain in the arse to find. Cheers mate.

07/18/2011 at 11:55 pm

Great thread! Thanks, saved some valuable time here.

07/19/2011 at 2:42 pm

thanks so much !!!!!

07/21/2011 at 7:28 pm

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!

08/03/2011 at 2:40 pm

Ahhhhhh! Thank you!!!!

08/08/2011 at 11:05 am

Phew, that was annoying, thanks….

08/14/2011 at 12:45 am

ty so mucchhhhhhhhhhhhh!

08/23/2011 at 10:45 pm

thank you!!!

Anandaroop Ghosh
08/24/2011 at 1:28 am

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

alia khairat
08/31/2011 at 11:13 am

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

09/09/2011 at 3:22 pm

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

Robert in SF
09/24/2011 at 4:56 am

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).

10/02/2011 at 7:59 am

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!!

10/05/2011 at 6:33 pm

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!


10/12/2011 at 9:41 am


10/14/2011 at 5:02 pm

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

12/07/2011 at 1:37 am


12/09/2011 at 8:22 am

thank you

12/11/2011 at 7:55 am

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.

12/15/2011 at 6:21 am

Thank you!!!!

01/02/2012 at 11:07 pm

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

02/06/2012 at 6:12 am

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
02/14/2012 at 7:54 pm

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

02/20/2012 at 10:19 pm

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

03/22/2012 at 1:48 pm

Thank you so much!!!!!!

04/18/2012 at 8:28 pm

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

07/05/2012 at 6:40 am

muchisimas gracias!

Thiet ke in Ha noi
07/07/2012 at 1:03 am

Very helpful – Im looking this, Thanks you very much

07/29/2012 at 4:54 am

i have to say it: Thank you

07/31/2012 at 1:14 pm

Problem solved! Thank you so much.

08/10/2012 at 9:51 am

Muchas gracias!! desde Costa Rica!!!!

09/06/2012 at 5:25 am

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.

09/24/2012 at 8:02 am

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


10/10/2012 at 8:25 am

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

10/13/2012 at 10:37 am

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!!

10/15/2012 at 4:52 am

HUGELY appreciated!

10/23/2012 at 1:01 am

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

10/28/2012 at 6:06 pm


11/01/2012 at 1:16 am


11/14/2012 at 10:28 pm

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

11/20/2012 at 1:18 am

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

11/21/2012 at 9:05 am


11/26/2012 at 8:34 pm

thanks, that was annoying, glad to find this!

11/29/2012 at 8:34 am

Thank You!!

11/30/2012 at 7:34 am

THANK YOU !!!!!!!

12/05/2012 at 10:40 pm

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

12/14/2012 at 4:40 pm

Thank you!

12/16/2012 at 9:31 pm

Thanks from INDIA!

Theo Dixon
12/17/2012 at 10:55 am

Thank you :)!!!

Dr. Harris
12/28/2012 at 11:57 pm

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

01/04/2013 at 10:46 pm

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

01/07/2013 at 2:39 pm

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

01/13/2013 at 6:56 am

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

01/18/2013 at 9:56 pm

Thank you so much!

01/21/2013 at 10:34 pm

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

01/23/2013 at 2:31 pm

Thanks SO much! Adobe help was USELESS!!!

01/31/2013 at 11:02 pm

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

Autoescuela Sevilla
02/01/2013 at 3:48 am

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

02/01/2013 at 3:49 am

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

02/16/2013 at 12:24 am

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

02/17/2013 at 4:35 pm

I wanted to say thanks too, time saver!

Jo Ooakes
02/28/2013 at 12:34 am

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.

03/01/2013 at 5:00 pm

such a stupid feature, thanks for this trick

Diego Morales
03/21/2013 at 8:47 am

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

03/26/2013 at 9:30 am

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

03/27/2013 at 10:31 am

You are doing God’s work. lol

03/27/2013 at 9:42 pm

+1 for all of positive comments above!

04/02/2013 at 9:43 am

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

04/02/2013 at 12:03 pm

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

04/15/2013 at 1:54 am

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

04/16/2013 at 9:15 am

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!

04/16/2013 at 9:31 am

Thanks so much for this.

04/16/2013 at 9:41 am

yea thank you!

ishita aswal
04/17/2013 at 3:48 am


04/19/2013 at 12:35 am

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

Alfie R
04/19/2013 at 7:59 pm

thank you!!

04/20/2013 at 12:15 am

That could’ve have driven me mad – thanks.

04/22/2013 at 12:28 pm

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!

04/23/2013 at 6:42 am

thanks a mills, this was driving me mad

05/02/2013 at 8:54 am

Thanks your help

05/11/2013 at 10:27 pm

such a silly feature. thanks

Mel Piper
05/13/2013 at 2:54 am

that’s great thanks!

05/13/2013 at 11:46 pm

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

05/17/2013 at 7:47 am

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 :)

05/20/2013 at 5:11 am

Thank you so much!

06/17/2013 at 1:20 pm

Thank you. This was so annoying.

07/08/2013 at 7:39 am

Thank you for your easy instructions!

07/14/2013 at 3:32 pm

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

08/05/2013 at 6:59 am

Thanks very much! Old post but still very helpful!

08/05/2013 at 8:55 am

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

08/29/2013 at 2:13 am

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:

08/31/2013 at 1:59 am

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

09/02/2013 at 4:03 am

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

Rae Smith
09/19/2013 at 3:38 am

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

10/31/2013 at 12:47 pm

Thank goodness! This was driving me batty.

10/31/2013 at 1:19 pm

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

11/02/2013 at 7:42 am

Thank you, whoever you are, whenever you might be ! :)

Al Aldridge
11/12/2013 at 5:24 am

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

12/12/2013 at 1:05 am

Thanks! that really helped.

12/12/2013 at 3:07 am


01/09/2014 at 2:12 pm

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.
02/14/2014 at 5:28 am


03/01/2014 at 6:53 am

That was very very useful. Thanks man.

03/11/2014 at 7:35 am

Thanks – this was making me absolutely mental.

Dj Darad
03/16/2014 at 7:02 pm

CTRL + Shift + i


04/11/2014 at 9:20 pm


04/28/2014 at 12:13 am

Thank you.

Rosie Martinez-Dekker
05/18/2014 at 8:08 am

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

Maurice Go
06/26/2014 at 11:41 am

Thank You! You are a Big Time Saver!!

06/28/2014 at 2:35 am


07/04/2014 at 8:58 am

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

07/14/2014 at 10:50 pm

Thank you!

07/16/2014 at 3:35 am

thank you ..

Aki Isamu
07/20/2014 at 1:47 am

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

07/24/2014 at 11:34 pm

Brilliant. to the point. Thanks

09/15/2014 at 10:38 pm

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 do i get original selection tool again.please help me.

09/17/2014 at 9:23 pm

Perfect…! Thanks a lot

10/18/2014 at 9:14 am

it should be View > Perspective Grid > Destroy Grid

10/20/2014 at 11:31 pm

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

Ryan T
12/12/2014 at 2:01 pm

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

01/13/2015 at 9:52 am

Yet Another thanks! =)

Pak Nayop
02/03/2015 at 9:04 pm

more than 30 minutes precious time has been saved.

03/12/2015 at 6:55 am

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

04/21/2015 at 1:33 pm

You are a popular guy. Thanks!

Fridy Visser Knof
05/15/2015 at 4:36 am

Thanx, that came out very handy!

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