Please help illustrator stuck with hand tool?

A reader asked..

Hello, I am working on some illustrator files and all of the sudden I cannot select any other tools than the hand tool! I have closed and re-opened te program but it stays this way- What happened?? Many thanks for your help

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    • deonejuan
    • January 27, 2011

    Probably, the Preferences file is corrupted. Same thing can happen in Photoshop, incidentially. Follow the link, I would try the Shift-Cmmd-Option-Ctrl while firing up Illustrator, it should ask if you wanna hose Defaults and you say yeah.

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