While moving anchor points around and…

  • you currently have Snap to Point and Smart Guides turned on and

  • you momentarily don’t want the points to snap during this operation.


  • You have to exit what you’re doing (moving points) and
  • your only choice is to visit View and deselect the particular snapping modes (or alternatively hit their keyboard shortcuts)

which is fairly disruptive.


Is there a way around this?

Any solution would do; workaround, plugin, custom hack… that let's you toggle snapping on and off while you’re moving points.

2 Answers 2


Sorry, no. There is no way to disable snapping without physically choosing the menu items.

Good feature request though. It should be like Photoshop... Control/right-click to temporarily disable snap.

  • Ok :( Marking this as answered. Speculatively, though, if there ever pops up any 3rd party plugin or "doohickey" that makes it possible, would it be possible to switch the "Answered" mark to a new answer that includes such solution?
    – Henrik
    Commented Aug 21, 2012 at 13:09
  • Yes you can change what you mark answered if you wish.
    – Scott
    Commented Aug 21, 2012 at 18:25

Hold Crtl+U to disable smart guides, and Alt+Crtl+" to disable snap to point.

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