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

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.

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

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

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