Controlling Snap Settings

Reference Number: KB-00377
Last Modified: September 19, 2023

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or HomeDesigner Suite


When I try to move an object into place, it seems to bump and snap at locations that I don't want it to. How can I temporarily override these settings, or turn them off?


There are several snap settings in Home Designer that affect how objects are created and how they can be edited:

  • Object Snaps, which snap objects to other objects.

  • Angle Snaps, which snap objects at specific angles. Angle snaps allow you to draw walls, lines, and other objects at angles in 15 ° increments. Angle Snaps also affect the way objects rotate.

  • Grid Snaps, which snap objects to points on a grid. Each grid box is 1" x 1" (10mm x 10mm) by default.

  • Bumping/Pushing, which controls whether objects bump into each other.

To learn more about these snap settings, select Help> Launch Help , and search the keyword 'snap' to review your program's information on this topic.

To temporarily disable snap settings

  1. Using the Select Objects tool, click on the object you want to move.

  2. On your keyboard, press and hold down the Ctrl key if you are on Windows PC, or the Command key if you are on a Mac while dragging the Move edit handle.

  3. Once the object is placed where you want, you can release the Ctrl or Command key, and repeat this process for any other objects you want to position without restrictions.

    This procedure works in either your 2D Floor Plan view, or in a 3D Camera view.

To toggle snap settings on/off

  1. Navigate to Edit> Snap Settings from the menu to see the available snap settings in your program.

    Edit> Snap Settings

  2. Click on an option to toggle it on or off, depending on its current state.

    Note: Bumping/Pushing can only be toggled in Home Designer Pro.

    Additionally, Home Designer Pro can control what Object Snaps are enabled and disabled, including the Endpoint, Midpoint, Center Quadrant, On Object, Points/Markers, and Intersection options.

    Snap Settings menu in Home Designer Pro

    It is recommended that Angle Snaps are only disabled while making a single change. Once that change has been completed, it is best to re-enable Angle Snaps.

To change the grid snap unit

  1. Navigate to Edit> Default Settings from the menu.

  2. Select the Plan category and click the Edit button.

    Select the Plan category and click Edit

  3. In the General Plan Defaults dialog that displays, change the Snap Unit to your liking. By default, this is set to a value of 1" (10mm).

    Snap Unit section in the General Plan Defaults dialog

To add or change allowed angle values for Angle Snaps* 

*Applies to Home Designer Pro Only

  1. In Home Designer Pro, navigate to Edit> Default Settings , select the Plan category, then click the Edit button.

  2. In the General Plan Defaults dialog which displays, under the Allowed Angles section, you can switch between 15 Degrees and 7 1/2 Degrees. You can also check the Additional Angles checkbox and add custom values for which Angle Snaps will work with.

    Allowed Angles section in the General Plan Defaults dialog