Diagramming with Grid

If you want to make your diagrams aligned and sleek, you may try diagramming with the grid turned on.

It is almost impossible to draw the diagrams by hand with pixel perfect alignment. Or, it would be, if there are no alignment helpers - e.g. grid. The grid can help you to better position elements in your diagrams.

Varios Grid Settings using Ribbon Buttons
Grid Settings in Ribbon

The grid may be turned on from the ribbon: View/Auto Guides/Grid. If you click the Grid button it will show or hide the grid and also it turns on/off snapping to the grid. There is a separate button 'Snap To Grid', which allows you to control the snapping separately. You may also show grid without snapping to it directly - click on arrow button under Grid button and choose 'Show Grid' item from the drop down menu.

Apart from that, the Grid menu offers more options, which allows you to adjust the appearance of the grid:

  • Lines
  • Dots
  • Crosses

You may also adjust the size of the grid and choose from these predefined options:

  • 10
  • 15
  • 20
  • 25
Grid - Lines
Grid - Lines
Grid - Dots
Grid - Dots
Grid - Crosses
Grid - Crosses

Advanced Grid Settings

If you did not find in the ribbon options what you were looking for, you may try to check out Options dialog. It provides advanced settings for the Grid. Click on File menu and then Options. In the Options dialog, switch to Diagram Editor tab. You will find more settings there in the Grid group. Except for grid type setting and switches for displaying and snapping to grip, there are two additional options - Horizontal and Vertical spacing. They allow you to set each dimension of grid separately and to any values.

The default shortcut keys for showing the grid and snapping to it is: ALT + G

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