I'm trying to create curved arrows with a custom angle/curve. I am using the "Directional Connector" from the Shapes list. It keeps connecting to the vertices of nearby shapes such as rectangles, images, etc., but I don't want that to happen. Also, I made sure the "Snap to Point" property is unchecked for that shape. What I can do to prevent it from snapping to vertices? Perhaps I'm using the wrong shape to create custom curved arrows?

Edit: I've also tried to use the "Curve" arrow shape but it still snaps to vertices of nearby objects.

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To prevent snapping to points/objects try to press and hold CTRL+SHIFT while you move the object/arrow.

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    This doesn't work for me. This does a "keep proportions" resize. Alt is the key I have to press and hold instead. Drawio v 12.4.2 on Windows.
    – alelom
    Dec 15, 2020 at 16:45
  • Same as @alelom, diagrams.net on Windows.
    – vpgcloud
    Feb 21, 2023 at 14:37
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    @user0 please reconsider updating your answer.
    – vpgcloud
    Feb 21, 2023 at 14:37
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    Both the 'Ctrl +Shift' as well as the 'Alt' is working for me. May 11, 2023 at 6:26
  • CTRL SHFT copies the arrow Mar 27 at 9:54

My suggestion would be to start dragging a shape/arrow and then press and hold Alt. That should "stop" the snapping regardless of the grid.

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    It's this, aka Option key on a Mac. May 21, 2020 at 18:57

I couldn't find how to prevent arrows from snapping when moving them on Draw.io. However, I did manage to increase the granularity of the grid as shown here at Diagram/Grid on the right panel, and then move the vertex of an arrow while holding SHIFT, so that it sticks to the finer sub-grid of the main grid I got. That finer sub-grid gave me enough level of freedom to position my arrow's vertex.

  • To be clear are you saying that in your example link where it shows Grid: 5pt you increased that value such as to 10pt? Or did you decrease it?
    – Blindspots
    Jul 24, 2023 at 16:05

After the last update this is only achievable by disabling the grid altogether


For people on MacOs Monterey (v12.3.1), try holding the shift key while moving the shapes.

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