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The Book of Inkscape by Dmitry Kirsanov

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7.3 Snapping

Now that you know everything about guides and grids, it’s time to look at what guides and grids are most often created for: snapping.

The idea of snapping is simple: Inkscape can try to place things where you want them to be instead of where you actually move them with your inevitably imprecise mouse or tablet pen movements. As soon as you move a snappable (something that can be snapped) close enough to an active snap target, it jumps all the way into place. Snapping is a fundamentally interactive operation; it may only happen when you drag something with your mouse (but not, for example, when you move things by arrow keys on your keyboard or use the Align and Distribute dialog).

Snappables can be entire objects as well as different ...

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