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Adjust Snap Behavior with the Legacy Option
Tip# 4026 By Danny Korem On 26-Nov-2012
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Categories : 2D Operations
Software type : AutoCAD 2013
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In AutoCAD 2013, you have the option of snapping your crosshairs to points on the grid only while working in a command.

Frequent tipster Danny Korem shares a tip about setting up the AutoCAD 2013 Snap functionality so your crosshairs will move more smoothly.

"I've been using AutoCAD for some time, but it's only since adopting AutoCAD 2013 that I have finally convinced myself to use the Snap functionality. The reason is the Legacy option, which adds the snap mode in a way that fits my comfort zone. This option can only be reached through the Command line (I couldn't find it in any dialog boxes).

"When Legacy is off, the snap is active only while creating data and is absent while you are selecting or editing — making it much more comfortable to use. While in the dialog box (reached by right-clicking on the Snap button in the lower-left corner of the AutoCAD screen), opt for Settings and select the smallest unit you want to live with (in this case, 0.5)."

Notes from Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton: Don't get the Snap tools confused with osnaps. It's easy to do, because we often say "Snap to the endpoint," as an example. Osnaps are object snaps. The Snap functionality "snaps" your crosshairs to positions on a grid; no objects are snapped to in this case.

AutoCAD 2013 added a Legacy setting, which can be turned on or off in the Command line. To get to these settings, type Snap on the Command line, then type L or click on the Legacy text (the Command line in AutoCAD 2013 has clickable text). You will be asked if you want to turn Legacy mode on or off. Turning it on means you will run the snap functionality just as it ran in "legacy," or older, versions of AutoCAD. That means your crosshairs will snap to the points on the grid as defined. Turn off Legacy mode and your crosshairs will only snap to the grid points while you are working in a command. This allows you to smoothly move your crosshairs about the screen without the jerky movement along the grid.


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