I have a document that seems to have the Snap To Grid option replaced with Snap To Pixel. I'm sure that Snap To Pixel can also be quite useful, but right now I want to snap to a larger grid. Does anyone know what setting I might have adjusted to change the drop down options? My first thought was the checkbox Align New Objects to Pixel Grid that comes up when you first create a document. However I tried creating two new documents with and without. Each had the Align To Grid option. I've also tried toggling: Align to Pixel Grid in the transform panel.

I've attached images below to illustrate the option which has been replaced:

Snap To Pixel Snap To Grid

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Pixel Preview is selected in your top image - thus.... snap to pixels.

  • That's it. Thanks! I'm not sure why they remove the option to snap to the grid in pixel preview mode, but at least I know how to get it back now.
    – Lockyer
    Commented Aug 12, 2014 at 0:30
  • It's because when pixel preview is active the "grid" becomes the pixel grid. The actual Grid is generally based upon measurements and since a pixel technically has no size, there's theoretically no correlation between the Grid and pixels.
    – Scott
    Commented Aug 12, 2014 at 1:15
  • That does make some sense, but it's not inconceivable that you could want to see the pixel output while snapping to a larger grid.
    – Lockyer
    Commented Aug 13, 2014 at 0:13

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