Moving Objects without Snapping to the Grid

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 28, 2014)

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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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2017-10-22 15:10:48

Hugh Mungus

Thank you so much, Allen and Barbara! I want to send you each a fruit basket!


2015-04-10 12:33:37

Nathan

On my mac with Word 2011 I could freely move the object holding down the "command" key. Thanks for the help!


2013-09-05 18:02:11

Franklin Reid

I often use the Ctrl and Alt keys to move objects with the mouse and the arrow keys. Now I can't move an object any direction except right regardless of the arrow key used. Also, I try to drag the object to the location but it jumps back to the right. Need some help here.
As above this is in Word 2003 on Windows 7 32bit.


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