Using the tools
The first time you start Illustrator, the toolbox appears on the left side of the screen. The tools in thetoolbox let you create, select, and manipulate objects in Illustrator.When you select most tools, the mouse pointer matches the tool's icon. For example, choosing the paintbrush tool changes the pointer to a paintbrush. You can also change a tool pointer to a precision pointer, such as a cross hair , for greater precision when aligning or working with detailed artwork.
To move the toolbox:
Drag the toolbox by the top bar.
To show or hide the toolbox:
To show or hide the toolbox, choose Window > Tools. When the toolbox is showing, a check mark appears before the name.
To display hidden tools on-screen:
1.Press a tool in the toolbox that has hidden tools underneath it. (Tools that have hidden tools areidentified by a triangle in the lower right corner.)2.When the toolbar of hidden tools appears, hold down the mouse button and drag to the arrow at theend of the toolbar. The toolbar detaches from the toolbox.
To close a detached toolbar:
Click the close box.
To change the pointer to a precision pointer:
Do one of the following:
While the tool is selected, press Caps Lock on the keyboard.
Choose Edit > Preferences > General (Windows and Mac OS 9) or Illustrator > Preferences >General (Mac OS X), select Use Precise Cursors, and click OK.