Override Snap Behaviour in Visio with These Simple Tricks
Posted by: Avantix Learning Team
Posted: January 20, 2017
Applies to: Microsoft® Visio® 2013 and 2016
By default, Visio’s dynamic grid is turned on as well as a number of “snap to” settings so when you move or resize shapes or connectors, the selected object(s) will automatically snap to grids, guides or other objects. You may want to temporarily override the “snap to” behavior on some occasions when you are moving or resizing objects.
To move shapes or even multi-shape selections and override “snap to” settings, press Alt while dragging. This trick also applies to connectors but they will still snap to glue targets. Ensure that you are dragging the object(s) by a border, not a handle.
The Alt + drag trick also works in combination with the Control and Shift keys when dragging.
- Alt + Shift + drag results in a non-snapping move of the selected object(s).
- Alt + Control + drag results in a non-snapping copy of the selected object(s).
To resize shapes or even multi-shape selections and override “snap to” settings, press Alt while dragging resizing handles.
- Alt + Shift + drag a side handle results in a non-snapping resize from centre of the selected object(s).
- Alt + Control + drag a corner handle results in a non-snapping resize in both dimensions of the selected object(s).
You can save a lot of time and aggravation using these simple tricks.
Did you find this article helpful? If you would like to receive new articles, join our email list.
Recommended Office training
Our instructor-led classroom training courses are delivered at our downtown Toronto location at 1 Yonge Street, Suite 1801 (Toronto Star Building), Toronto, Ontario, Canada (some courses may also be delivered at an alternate downtown Toronto location). Do you want to arrange for a course to be offered at your location? Contact us and we can arrange custom training at your office on a date that’s convenient for you.
To request this page in an alternate format, contact us.
Copyright 2014-2017 Avantix Learning Inc
You may also like
There are many different shortcuts for selecting elements in Microsoft Excel tables. You can use shortcuts to select an entire table, an entire row, an entire column or ranges in tables.
You can use keyboard shortcuts to increase or decrease decimal places. Press Alt to access the Ribbon …
You can easily show or hide formulas in a number of ways in Microsoft Excel. You can use a keyboard shortcut, click a button and even use a formula to show formulas …
Microsoft, the Microsoft logo, Microsoft Office and related Microsoft applications and logos are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in Canada, US and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of the registered owners.
Avantix Learning | 1 Yonge Street, Suite 1801 (Toronto Star Building), Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5E 1W7 | email@example.com