Deke's Techniques 495: Turn off Live Rectangle Widgets in Illustrator CC

In this week's free Deke's Techniques movie, Deke examines the new Live Rectangle feature in Adobe Illustrator CC 2015. And after doing so, he sets about figuring out how to turn most of it off.

Thing is, while many "live" dynamic features in Illustrator are quite useful, this one can easily lure you into altering your current rectangle when you're really just trying to draw a new one.

Hiding the bounding box doesn't help. Here is my artist's rendering of all the widgetry that's involved in a "live" rectangle.A very busy rectangle, with all of the shape widgets in your face.

So, check out the movie to see a) how it works, and b) how to make it stop.

For those of you who are too frustrated to wait, here's the icon you want to search for in the Control Panel. (You'll find it somewhere near the word Shape.)Hide the shape widgets in Adobe Illustrator CC 2015If you're a member of, Deke's got an exclusive movie this week in which he (more favorably) reviews some other Live Shapes, namely ellipses and polygons. Not a member? You can get 10 free days to check it out by signing up at During that time you can watch anything in the entire library, including the entire oeuvre of Monsieur Deke lui-même (as well as all the oeuvres of les autres industry experts).

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I never would have found this, as I turned the Control Panel off within two minutes of first launching CS2 and haven't touched it since. Thank you so much.

(also thanks for Real World Illustrator 8, I learnt AI by devouring that thing back around 2000 and have been using it as my main art tool ever since. Including spending four years drawing a graphic novel directly in it.)