The Ultimate Autocad Object Snap Guide: Mastering Accuracy and Efficiency.

04 June 2023. By Sophia Brown. Estimated time to invest: 10 minutes.

Understanding Object Snaps – the Basics

Ahh, the classic case of wanting accuracy without the hassle. Object snaps have changed the game for all of us. In other words, object snaps allow us to click onto particular points or segments of objects to get our bearings right. AutoCAD, like a smart little genie, has understood that we don’t always want to go by our instincts and has given us this superhuman power of accuracy 😎.


So, let’s make the best use of our magic wand. The first step towards it is getting to know the basics. Object snaps have eight predefined options – Endpoint, Midpoint, Center, Node, Quadrant, Intersection, Extension, and Perpendicular. Each of these options can snap to a different part of an object such as a corner, a midpoint, a center or even an imaginary line. We can enable or disable any of these settings based on our needs. It’s time to get acquainted with these settings and add them to our arsenal.


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Object Snap Options – Customizing for Efficiency


As we move forward in our quest for accuracy and time-efficiency, it is essential to have our own set of customized snaps for different situations. Object Snap Options offers us this luxury. We can now adjust and create our own object snap settings.


For instance, if we always use the Fence object snap, we can create a custom object snap to set it to active or to assign a keyboard shortcut. This can be done by accessing the Object Snap menu or by typing “OSMODE” in the Command Line, which will allow us to select all the object snaps that we want to use.


The modifications don’t have to stop here. We can also use the Tab key as a command key to cycle through the object snaps. This may seem like a small tweak, but it can save us a considerable amount of time in the long run.

Object Snap Overrides – Tips and Tricks

Now that we know the basics of Object Snaps, it’s time to dive into Object Snap Overrides. This feature allows us to temporarily override our Object Snap settings to use a different Object Snap. To activate Object Snap Overrides, simply hold down the Ctrl key while using a command. For example, if we want to draw a line from the intersection of two lines without having Intersection Snap turned on, we can hold down the Ctrl key and select the intersection. This will temporarily activate the Intersection Snap for that specific command only.


Another useful application of Object Snap Overrides is with the Hatch command. If we want to Hatch an area by selecting the entire boundary while not snapping at the endpoints, we can hold down the Ctrl key while selecting the boundary. This will snap only to the midpoint of the segments, which can save us a lot of time and hassle. By using Object Snap Overrides, we can have the best of both worlds – a highly customized Object Snap setup, and the flexibility to modify it on the fly 👌.


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Mastering Object Snap Tracking – Improving Accuracy


Object Snap Tracking is a feature that makes it easier to create accurate drawings by allowing us to track points in different ways. For example, if we want to draw a line that starts at the midpoint of one segment and snaps to the intersection of another segment, we can use Object Snap Tracking to guide us along the way. To enable Object Snap Tracking, turn it on by clicking the OSNAP button in the status bar or by typing “OTRACK” into the Command Line.


Object Snap Tracking can be customized by accessing the Object Snap Tracking dialog box. In this dialog box, we can choose which Object Snaps we want to track and how we want them to be tracked. This can include horizontal, vertical, 90-degree, along a vector, or at a specific angle to an object. We can also customize the size of our tracking crosshairs, with the option to make them smaller or larger depending on our needs.


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Object Snap and Grid Snap Interactions – Working Together in Autocad

Object snaps and grid snaps are two of AutoCAD’s most essential features for achieving pinpoint accuracy in our work. However, while using them in isolation can be helpful, combining the two can take our work to new heights. 🚀


Grid snap provides us with a reference point, allowing us to snap to precise locations within our drawing. On the other hand, object snap focuses on specific points of a drawing, working intuitively with tools like the Trim and Extend Command. By enabling both snaps, we can gain control of even minute details in our drawings.


To further streamline our workflow, we can customize our Object Snap and Grid Snap settings to our specific needs. For example, if we are working on a project that requires consistent spacing of objects, enabling Grid Snap can help us align them with precision. Combine this with Object Snap, and we can conveniently click onto particular endpoints or midpoints, making our job that much easier.


To make the most of these interactive features, we can assign keyboard shortcuts to activate or deactivate either snap. This can be done through the Drafting Settings Panel or the Command Line by typing “DSETTINGS.” Want to learn more about shortcuts and customizations? Check out our Complete Guide to AutoCAD Data Extraction Feature.

Using Object Snap with Other Autocad Tools – Enhancing Your Workflow

Autodesk AutoCAD comes with a multitude of tools that can help us achieve incredibly precise designs. Object Snap is one such tool that can help us work faster and more accurately. The great thing about Object Snap is that it can be used with other tools, further enhancing our workflow.


For instance, we can use Object Snap settings with the Measure tool to calculate dimensions with accuracy. By selecting two points, we can quickly measure the distances between them. By deactivating Object Snap, we can also measure along an imaginary line, allowing us to calculate distances between endpoints that are not on the same object.


Another tool that works exceptionally well with Object Snap is the Hatch tool. By choosing Object Snap, we can choose specific points of a drawing, such as endpoints or midpoints, to anchor our hatch patterns. With this feature, we can create complex hatch patterns that are consistent with our overall design.


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Sophia Brown is a screenwriter from Atlanta, GA. She is known for her compelling character-driven dramas that explore the human condition.

2 thoughts on “The Ultimate Autocad Object Snap Guide: Mastering Accuracy and Efficiency.

  1. I absolutely love this software! The ability to customize the size of the tracking crosshairs is a game-changer for me. With object snap tracking, I can effortlessly create accurate and well-constructed drawings. The combination of object snaps and grid snaps takes my work to new heights by providing pinpoint accuracy. The grid snap feature is especially helpful in allowing me to snap to precise locations within my drawing. Overall, AutoCAD is a powerful tool that helps me achieve my best work.

    1. I have to admit, I really don’t understand all the hype around this software. While I can see how some people might find it useful, I personally don’t think it’s all that great. Sure, the ability to customize the size of the tracking crosshairs might be a game-changer for some, but it’s just not something that impresses me. And as for object snap tracking, I don’t really see how it’s that big of a deal. I mean, I can create accurate drawings without it, so I don’t really see the point. The combination of object snaps and grid snaps might be helpful for some, but I find it to be more of a hassle than anything else. And as for the grid snap feature, I just don’t see the appeal. I mean, who needs to snap to precise locations within a drawing anyway? Overall, I think there are much better tools out there that can help me achieve my best work. But hey, to each their own.

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