Moving Objects in Word 2007 without Snapping to the Grid

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 23, 2014)


Barbara noted that in Word 2003 she could hold down the Alt key to move objects around without them snapping to the grid. This doesn't seem to work for her in Word 2007, so she was wondering what the equivalent to the Alt key was in that version.

We did some testing, and found that the Alt key modification worked just fine on our systems. We would first left-click an object, then hold down the Alt key, and then use the mouse to drag the object to a new position. Because we held down the Alt key, the grid had no effect on the movement.

So if this isn't working on a particular system, it could be for any number of reasons. The most likely is that there is some Word add-in or some Windows program installed that redefines what the Alt key does. Or, perhaps, some of the accessibility options (available from the Control Panel) are turned on and they are modifying how the Alt key works. It may take a bit of detective work to figure out why the Alt key isn't working as desired.

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Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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2019-04-29 17:41:48

Ken Lewis

Hey. Thanks for suggesting Click Settings > System > Clipboard. However under System there is no Clipboard link.

2019-04-09 16:38:29

Donald Wade

I clicked "Settings> System" but Clipboard is not one of the options. I note that Ken, who seems to have the same problem is also using Win 10 pro. Is there anyone using Win 10 pro who has been able to find this setting?

2019-04-09 13:23:07


If you want a truly great clipboard history app, look no further than ClipClip. It is free. I have tried at least 6 of these in past years. This is by far the greatest! I use W7. I assume it will work for W10.

2019-04-09 10:24:15

J. Woolley

@Ken Lewis: Click Settings > System > Clipboard.

2019-04-08 14:38:22

Ken Lewis

I cannot even start the steps in this tip. Entering clipboard history directs me to web solutions not to clipboard history. My Windows 10 version is up to date to today April 8, 2019. I have Windows 10 Pro. Can anyone comment?

2019-04-08 13:32:38

Donald Wade

no such window comes up and a search for "clipboard" yields no settings. I am up-to-date with my updates. Maybe it's because I have Win 10 Pro?

2019-04-08 11:39:16

Gloria Milhoan

Whatever happened to the simple... top right of screen...Cut, Copy Paste ??? Is the younger generation trying to get older people out of the mix...why change a simple process to something much more complicated???

2019-04-08 11:03:42



The most recent update is the 1809, 17763.404. October 2018 release.


2019-04-08 10:54:02


I don't seem to have this or I cannot find this. It sounds useful.
1803, 17134.648 Thought I was fully up to date.

2019-04-08 07:16:39


I use ClipCache Pro ... (not free, but not costly) been using it for years, does everything MS Clipboard does and more.
Who need Microsoft to invent something that was done many years ago ? ? ?

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