I am drawing a diagram in Drawio but I cannot make the arrows behave well; they always snap to the background container or to one corner of the thing they connect to.

I need two arrows to arrive to the side of a component and they need to be separated, not centered and just stay there. If I move the component I'd rather move the arrows manually.

But it is impossible; either they stick to the middle of the side of a component or they stick to the background box that contains the two things I am connecting.I selected the arrow and it will stick to the blue container, but I need it to be just a little above the other arrow that is going to the left object

It's driving me crazy.

  • It's the bottom container that causes the issue. Removing it allows arbitrary positioning of the arrows. Commented Jul 8, 2021 at 18:30

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you could try the following: start dragging the arrow, hold Alt and drop it where you like. Alt+drag should avoid snapping.

If this doesn't help, tell me draw.io version you are using, browser version and attach the diagram file (if possible) so it can be tested.

  • Thanks, but in the end I noticed that it was the bottom container that was the problem; as long as it was present, I could not drag precisely. Using alt + didn't work for me, although I am on a mac so I tried control, command and option and none worked. Thanks anyway. Commented Jul 8, 2021 at 18:29
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    Thanks, it works for an image ! Commented Jan 3, 2023 at 13:59

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