Snap Overrides (Illustrated)

I recently was asked to better explain a tip that I posted a while ago. And since I love making those handy-dandy animated pictures – here ya go.

If you have a lot of snaps turned on or if you have none of your OSNAPS turned on or even yet, if you don’t have a certain OSNAP turned on, this tip is for you.
This snap override is limited to only a couple of OSNAPS but they are the most used ones:

  1. End Point
  2. Mid Point
  3. Center (circles and arcs)

Lets say that you start a line and want to snap to only the end point of objects – you simply hold the SHIFT button and the E button at the same time. It doesn’t matter if you have your OSNAPS turned off or if you have every single one turned on, you will only be able to snap to the end points of objects. When you hold the SHIFT button and one of these letters, you will see a little icon near your cursor. this indicates that you are indeed using a snap override.

Example 1) End Point


Example 2) Mid Point


Example 3) Center



About AutoCAD Tips

This blog serves as a knowledge base for myself (and anyone else) so that I can reference tips & tricks that I have learned and also refer others to it as well. I hope that this blog helps you learn at least one tip to make your drafting/design experience better.
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