Moving Objects without Snapping to the Grid

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 28, 2014)

3

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.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (7542) applies to Microsoft Word 2007.

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. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Saving Changes when Closing

If you write a macro that makes changes to a document, you may want that macro to save those changes. There are several ...

Discover More

Finding the Analysis ToolPak Add-In

The Analysis ToolPak is used to add some very handy worksheet functions to Excel. If you don't have it installed, and you ...

Discover More

Excluding Some Data from a Chart

Excel is a whiz at creating charts from your worksheet data. When the program tries to determine what should be included ...

Discover More

Create Custom Apps with VBA! Discover how to extend the capabilities of Office 2013 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access) with VBA programming, using it for writing macros, automating Office applications, and creating custom applications. Check out Mastering VBA for Office 2013 today!

More WordTips (ribbon)

Using the Selection and Visibility Pane

When you need to arrange objects in relation to each other, one of the handy tools that Word provides is the Selection ...

Discover More

Inserting from the Clip Art Gallery Doesn't Work

Ever insert a picture and it won't display in your document? It could be due to some of the display settings in Word. ...

Discover More

Vertical Alignment of an Inline Graphic

Word allows you to insert graphics in two ways: either inline or floating. If you use inline graphics, you may want to ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 5 + 9?

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.


This Site

Got a version of Word that uses the ribbon interface (Word 2007 or later)? This site is for you! If you use an earlier version of Word, visit our WordTips site focusing on the menu interface.

Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.