updated on 05 August 2022 | reading time: 3 minutes

Design aids



When dragging an object, as it approaches alignment with another object or the page, the object snaps to an alignment position, and snapping guidelines show the alignment position used.

Snapping options

Hold down  / CTRL to temporarily disable all snapping except for Snap to Full pixels. This allows you to quickly snap objects only to whole pixels.

Note: The snapping of elements inside a group is limited only to elements of that group or Layer group.

Snapping options

Clicking the Snap icon in the Toolbar toggles snapping on or off. Clicking on the small arrow beside the icon reveals a menu of snapping options.

Snapping options in Corel Vector

(1) Use Snapping: toggles snapping on or off

(2) Use Snap Zones: only snaps to the edge being dragged

(3) Snap to Grid: snaps to the page grid, if visible

(4) Snap to Guide Lines: snaps to guidelines, if created and visible

(5) Snap to Full Pixels: snaps to avoid positioning on a fraction of a pixel

(6) Snap to Anchor Points: uses anchor points of the selected path for snapping

(7) Snap to Shapes: snaps to shape bounding boxes and center

(8) Snap to Pages; snaps to page edges and center

(9) Show Grid: shows or hides grid

(10) Show Guide Lines: shows or hides guidelines

(11) Show Symbol Labels: shows labels on master symbols on the canvas

Use Snapping

To turn snapping off, or turn enabled snapping features on again: Press  / SHIFT +F10 or click View > Snap to > Use Snapping.

For example, if only grid-snapping and shape-snapping are enabled, only those options are turned off or on by Use Snapping.

Use Snap Zones

You can turn or off snap zones to enable or disable the snapping of the side nearest to the cursor (where the cursor is grabbing the object) and ignore other snapping possibilities.

Snap to Zones in Corel Vector

For example, if you want to snap the top side of the shape, click the top side and drag; if you want to snap left, click the left side and drag.

Snapping zones example

Note: When Use Snap Zones is enabled, the Distance guides are not shown.

Snap zones:

Snap zones in Corel Vector

(1) Snap Top side only

(2) Snap the Top-Left side only

(3) Snap the Top-Right side only

(4) Snap Left side only

(5) Snap Right side only

(6) Snap the Left-Bottom side only

(7) Snap the Right-Bottom side only

(8) Snap Bottom side only

(9) Snap Center only

Snap to Grid

When enabled and the grid is visible, objects, tools and selections snap to the grid lines.

Snap to grid in Corel Vector

Note: Objects won’t snap to the grid if it is not visible.

Snap to Guide Lines

Toggle Snap to Guide lines to enable or disable snapping to the visible guidelines on the canvas.

Snap to guide lines in Corel Vector

Snap to Full Pixels

Toggle Snap to full pixel to enable or disable snapping to full pixels. This is especially useful in UI and icon design.

Note: All sizing transformations are rounded to the whole numbers.


Snap to Anchor Points

Toggle the Snap to anchor points to enable or disable snapping anchor points to the anchor points of the same objects.

Snap to anchor points

Snap to Shapes

Toggle Snap to Shapes to enable or disable snapping to bounding boxes, sides, or center of other shapes.

Snap to shapes in Corel Vector

Snap to Pages

Toggle Snap to Pages to enable or disable snapping to the page boundaries and center of the page.