When I handdraw on my drawing it alway snaps to nearby objects, which is frustrating when drawing details.

How can I disable snapping to objects in Inkscape ?

Update I do not have this button. Any else way to do ? Or any tip, how to get this button ?

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  • "This button"? Ah, that's a comment to the answer(s)? Well - you're showing the coloring dialog - there you won't find it. See the main window. Commented Nov 22, 2017 at 8:42
  • Its the same dialog like yours I guess, just in German ? Commented Nov 23, 2017 at 18:21
  • I'm german and have the same filling & contur dialog, but said button is not in the dialog. Use the main menu, "Anzeige - Anzeigen/Ausblenden - Einrastungsleiste" to make this toolbar visible. It might dock horizontally, not vertically. Junme and Billy Kerr just have the color dialog next to the button, but it's not that dialog. (DE: Der Knopf ist nicht in dem Dialogfenster, sondern das ist bei den Screenshots nur daneben. Geh über das Menü, Einrastungsleiste anzeigen, diese kann auch horizontal erscheinen. Da findet sich der Knopf als erster. Die Reihenfolge im Menü ist identisch mit EN). Commented Nov 24, 2017 at 5:28

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make sure snapping dialogue is enabled enter image description here

the toggle is here enter image description here

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    They might have as well made the snap controls bar invisible. No sane person would notice it.
    – TimSim
    Commented Oct 13, 2019 at 15:00

Disable snapping by clicking the first icon at the top of the snap bar. This icon toggles the snapping on or off.

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More info here: Inkscape User Manual

  • Thanks for helping. But I can't see that button. I uploaded a Screenshot to the question. Any help ? Commented Nov 21, 2017 at 12:48
  • @user1344545 Looks like you have an old version of Inskcape. My answer is for the latest version 0.92 - the snap bar is located at the extreme right hand edge of the Inkscape application window. Sorry, I can't remember where it was located in old versions.
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Nov 21, 2017 at 12:51
  • Mine too. 0.92.2. Strange :-) Commented Nov 21, 2017 at 13:45
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    @user1344545 click on View > Show/Hide > Snap Controls Bar
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Nov 21, 2017 at 15:20

Use the % or SHIFT + 5 combination to disable/reset snapping. Based on help here


Without disabling snapping from the toolbar, you can disable it temporarily while you're moving the object by pressing the Shift key.

  • This doesn't seem to work for me, and I can't find anywhere in the settings where I might change the key for it.
    – Seph Reed
    Commented Nov 18, 2023 at 22:47
  • @SephReed: I have tested that and it works fine on both Linux and Windows.
    – s.ouchene
    Commented Nov 19, 2023 at 10:05

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