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Temporarily Override Osnaps
Tip# 3175 By Rodney Lee On 05-Apr-2009
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Categories : 2D Operations
Software type : AutoCAD 2009
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In AutoCAD, to do a temporary shutoff of the running Osnaps, press and hold the Shift + D.

Rodney Lee gives us a way to temporarily override Osnaps.

In AutoCAD, to do a temporary shutoff of the running Osnaps, press and hold the Shift + D. This shuts off the running osnaps while you hold them down. When you let go, the running osnaps are turned back on.

Notes from Cadalyst Tip Patrol: It took me several tries to get this to work. You have to hold the SHIFT+D, pause, and then go on. You can also use SHIFT+L. This actually overrides Osnap and Object Snap Tracking. If you only want to override Osnaps, use SHIFT+A or SHIFT+'. If Osnaps are off, you can temporarily turn them on by pressing and holding SHIFT+S or SHIFT+;. There are other overrides as well:

·        OSNAP on/off: Shift+A; Shift + '

·        ORTHO on/off: Shift

·        Object snap tracking on/off: Shift+Q; Shift+]

·        OSNAP and object snap tracking on/off: Shift+D; Shift+L (turns them both on or off)

·        Endpoint OSNAP: Shift+E; Shift+P

·        Midpoint OSNAP: Shift+V; Shift+M

·        Center OSNAP: Shift+C; Shift+,


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User comments
Comment by Cardenas,J. Raul
Posted on 2009-04-07 12:49:47
Wouldn't be easier just to click on the osnap tab at the bottom of the screen or to press F3 key to go on/off?
Comment by Snyder,Bob
Posted on 2009-04-07 16:13:00
I agree with Raul. It seems overly cumbersome, especially when there are already ways to do it that are easier.
Comment by Benton,Brian
Posted on 2009-04-08 11:41:41
I think it depends on how you work and what you are doing at the time. If you typically use one hand (on the mouse) then yes, just clicking the toggle is easier. If you use two hands, one on the mouse and one on the keyboard, and you want one of your picks to be without osnaps, then this tip is nice.
Comment by Fitz,Milt
Posted on 2009-04-13 09:38:19
The use of the “F3” will result in temporally shutting off your Osnaps. This comes in handy if you just want to zoom into a busy drawing without your standard object snap modes determining you window size. This also comes in handy if you are drawing, or inserting blocks, and do not want to place your line, or block on your predetermined snap point. I'm an old dog when it comes to doing this, from using two hands, or "The keyboard" with the left, and the mouse, or poiter with the right. Refer to the tip / response sent in reply to this last week.
Comment by Vuchkova,Galina
Posted on 2009-05-19 03:31:42
I think, this is useful when writing text by running Osnaps: In order to avoid the snapping the text to a near line, by choosing the start point of the text we can temporarily switch off the running Onaps just for this point! Very useful in this case instead of zoomig in!