# Ultimaker Cura not always telling extruder to retract when traveling

I'm having a problem with Ultimaker Cura (v3.4.0) where it doesn't always tell the extruder to retract when performing a travel, which causes the hotend to leave a "trail" as it's moving and not start printing again right away when the travel is over.

For example, the extruder does not retract when performing this travel (blue):

And yes, I do have "retract before outer wall" enabled....

Any ideas how to solve this?

You probably have the "Combing Mode" option under the "Travel" options enabled for each layer (All). Combing reduces print time by leaving out the retraction, but leads to ugly first and top layers by leaving "scars" on the surface. It can be disabled by excluding the bottom and top layer by changing the setting to Not in Skin or for all layers by choosing Off. The latter will increase printing time drastically!
• Off
• All
• Not in Skin (used to be No Skin a few versions ago)
• Within Infill (new setting)
• @AndroidDev No, but there is an option if needs to retract if it is larger than 5 mm, that would make more sense (only retract on larger than x mm travels). That option is called Max Comb Distance With No Retract. – 0scar Oct 22 '18 at 12:50