Override Snap Behaviour in Visio with These Simple Tricks
by Avantix Learning Team | Updated September 5, 2021
Applies to: Microsoft® Visio® 2013, 2016, 2019 or 365 (Windows)
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 + Ctrl + 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.
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