To convey a professional impression, make use of the ruler, guides, and grid to sort and arrange shapes smoothly in your drawings.
Show or hide the rulers
- To reveal the Ruler, press View and click the Ruler checkbox.
- To hide the Ruler, click View and clear the Ruler checkbox.
Work with Guides
- To display Guides, press View and click the Guides checkbox.
- To hide Guides, pick View and clear the Guides checkbox.
- Drag a guide within the horizontal or vertical ruler onto the drawing page.
- Drag a shape to the guide until a connection point on the shape snaps to it.
- Drag a guide to shift the shapes linked to it.
- To delete a guide, choose it and press Delete.
Show or hide the grid
- To show the Grid, pick View and tick the Grid check box.
- To hide the Grid, click View and clear the Grid check box.
Snap shapes to the grid, guides, and rulers
- Click View > More > Snap & Glue.
- Pick the Snap to options you prefer.
- To snap shapes to the grid, press Grid.
- To snap shapes to guides, choose Guides.
- To snap shapes to rulers, pick Ruler subdivisions.
- Click OK.
View a diagram in presentation mode
- To view a drawing in full-screen mode, press View > Presentation Mode.
- To toggle from page to page, pick a blank area of the drawing.
- To dismiss presentation mode, press Esc.
Precision matters in floor plans and other architectural documents, so structural tools, like the Ruler, Grid, and Guides, are important in fine-tuning my work.
The Ruler provides vertical and horizontal measurements at the scale of my diagram.
To show it, I go to View and select Ruler.
As I move a shape, like this Room, corresponding lines show its position on the ruler.
I select Guides to help me align shapes with each other.
To place a guide, I select a point on the ruler and drag it onto the diagram.
Then I drag shapes to the guide to snap them into place.
If I move the guide, the shapes move with it, retaining their spatial relationship to each other.
When I no longer need a guide, I select it, and then press Delete.
I select Grid when I want to align shapes more precisely.
Shapes snap into place on rulers and the grid.
When I want to turn snap on or off, I select the More arrow in the Visual Aids group.
I make sure Ruler subdivisions and Grid are both selected in the Snap to column when I want to snap shapes to the ruler and the grid.
Snap & Glue settings apply to all shapes in the diagram.
To unclutter a finished diagram, I sometimes hide guides, rulers, and the grid by clearing the check boxes.
When my diagram is almost done, I select Presentation Mode on the status bar to see exactly how it will look.
It looks exactly like I want it to, with all the spaces aligned.