How to get handles on the starting anchor point of a path with out leaving pen tool in illustrator?

How to get the handles on the starting anchor point(starting point of the path) without leaving the pen tool?

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I am able to get the handles by

  1. Leave the pen tool
  2. Press Shift+C to get to Convert Anchor Point Tool
  3. Click on the starting point and draw. This creates the required handles
  4. Press P to go back to pen tool

But this approach effectively resets the pen tool and I have to rejoin the pen tool with my last anchor point.

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Holding down Alt key helps me to invoke Convert anchor point tool temporarily to convert between symmetrical smooth point to a non-symmetrical corner point but this only works with anchor points present inside the path but not at the starting anchor point of the path

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You’ve worded things really confusingly. A corner point is an anchor point. So, you can’t evert convert something to what it already is.

So… I assume you mean convert a symmetrical smooth point to a non-symmetrical corner point

Hold the Option/Alt key down and click (not click-drag) the end anchor to convert it to a non-symmetrical corner point.

Same as in Photoshop here: Make all Pen points straight by default regardless of the previous point in the path

The Option/Alt key is an on-the-fly way to use the Convert Anchor tool. You can hold the Option/Alt key and click-drag a Bezier handle to break symmetry as well. If you want a smooth point, you just click-drag on the end anchor point, no modifiers are needed.

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