SNAP OVERRIDES (temporary osnaps)

While in the middle of a command, you can temporarily turn on a needed OSNAP  a number of ways. The most obvious way is to right-click the OSNAP button and then choose the wanted OSNAP. The problem that is most common with this method is that this method keeps that OSNAP on. So after a while, you may have too many OSNAPs on and have to turn some off.

One method is to RIGHT-CLICK while in the middle of a command and select “Snap Overrides” then choose the needed OSNAP.




The other method is to enter the three-letter shortcut to envoke the temporary OSNAP
Listed below is a list of these shortcuts.

APP – Apparent Intersection
CEN – Center
END or ENDP – Endpoint
EXT – Extension
FRO – From
INS – Insert
INT – Intersection
M2P – Mid Between 2 Points
MID – Midpoint
NEA – Nearest
NOD – Node
NON – None (temporarily turns off all osnaps) same as hitting F3
PAR – Parallel
PER – Perpendicular
QUA – Quadrant
TAN – Tangent


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14 Responses to SNAP OVERRIDES (temporary osnaps)

  1. Jim says:

    I recognize this is an old post, but just found your blog, congrats……. Many years ago I had a routine that allowed me to quickly select my OSNAPs on the fly by the use of “hot keys”. ALT I for intersection, ALT E for end point, ALT M for midpoint etc. I was part of a package that used Windows “accelerator” routines.

    Subsequent release of Windows and AutoCAD disabled the accelerators. Ever come across something like this?

    • AutoCAD Tips says:

      I think that the best way to configure the “Hot keys” with the Alt + ___ setup would be to set those in the CUI under the “Keyboard shortcut” section. Also note that there are 3 hotkeys already in AutoCAD that use the Shift button. Hold the shift button and then either E, C, or M to snap to the Endpoint, Center or Midpoint (respectively). These are defined in that “Keyboard hotkeys” section as well so you can use one of these as a starting point to create a new one for Intersection…

  2. Murali.G says:

    sir…what does it mean???? “RIGHT-CLICK while in the middle of a command”

  3. ahappylass says:

    Thank you! My right click option is acting up. This command worked perfectly to bring back my M2P. :)

  4. Dave Patterson says:

    I use one letter shortcuts in AutoCAD 2006 (old I know, but my company refuses to upgrade!) and I am hoping someone might be able confirm these one letter hotkeys still work with newer versions?

    Shift + Right-Click brings up the overrides menu and from there the one-letter shortcuts are underlined, as follows:

    e endpoint
    m midpoint
    p perpendicular
    a apparent intersection
    x extension
    c centre
    q quadrant
    g tangent
    d node
    l parallel
    k temporary track point
    f from
    t mid between 2 points
    n none
    r nearest
    s insert

    It saves you browsing through the menu, and if super quick once you get into the habit of using them. They’re an absolute godsend.

    The reason I ask is because I’m hoping to recreate these one letter shortcuts into the CUI file for my 2015 Mac version of AutoCAD and just out of curiosity I want to know if it’s possible on newer versions of AutoCAD for Windows too?

  5. Douglas says:

    Any Idea if there is a toggle to bring back the underscored character version back? My absence from v2012 to v2016 I have noticed that now I have to choose the snap override whereas before all it took prior was to hit it’s activator. Like running ‘Move’… Shift-RMB ‘E’ (For endpoint)… ‘F’ (for From) ‘E’ (Endpoint off another Object)…. 24″ off in some godforsaken direction.

    The diag box would still come up but was such a much faster process, once accustomated to it, that the diag. boxes became a blur and one never had to look up to even see it. It was really just one fluid command motion that the entire action of whatever one was doing happened in fractions of a second.

    TIA for anything you may have if this is just a toggled off feature now by default or if they canned it.

    • Dave Patterson says:

      Hi Doug, bear with me, I’m doing this from memory, so the instructions are vague, but basically you need to dig into your CUI file and find the osnap overrides under mouse actions. For each override you can edit its name: this is the name that pops up in the ctrl-right-click menu (in an active command). If you put parentheses around certain letters e.g. (E)ndpoint or Nea(r)est … then this defines the shortcut hotkey that you can type when the menu is active.

      You can edit this to your hearts content, and even use numbers. I changed (N)one to None(1) and (P)erpendicular to Perpendicular(2) to save my left hand traversing the whole keyboard to find the letters N and P. You can essentially customise your whole CUI and PGP so that your left hand is stationary, working all the shortcut keys and command aliases from a very short reach. I use shortcuts like:
      1 2 3 4
      11 22 33 44
      q w e r
      qq ww ee rr

      etc to activate the most common commands, eg polyline, move, offset, erase

      It takes a little bit of practice, but holy hell is it worth it when you tap into full fledged beast-mode and become a drafting machine.

      • AutoCAD Tips says:

        Thank you Dave. I will also try your tip. I haven’t done any customizing of the mouse so this will be fun.

        I will look into adding some sort of “thumbs up” or “like” button. “Beast-mode” deserves one


    • Dave Patterson says:

      Some fixes to my other comment above:

      If you want the letters underlined in your menus, it’s actually a Windows setting.
      Search for “Underline access keys when available” in your system settings and turn it on.

      For editing the osnap overrides, these are in the CUI file under:
      Customise User Interface > Shortcut menus > Object Snap Cursor Menu

      To edit the shortcut key, look at the Properties >Display > Name

      And it’s not parentheses ‘()’ that define the shortcut, it’s an ampersand ‘&’. You put it before the letter you want as the shortcut.

      For example the defaults are

      But you can edit these to be more accessible for quicker drafting.

      Hope that helps!

  6. ritusharma says:

    It is a time saver and I always work with it in AutoCAD.

  7. ritusharma says:

    It helps in deciding the points of the objects.

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