Idea

Snap to grid


Userlevel 5

Just for starters, I’m a bit maniac and I like things to be aligned and even.


I mostly use Miro to create game design systems (UX flow, tech trees, level layouts...). Those can be pretty complex with hundreds of items but the ease of use, the simple shortcuts and the minimalistic UI of MIRO allow me to seamlessly materialize my ideas without friction.

Yet, something bothers me a lot, I can’t snap objects to the grid which means that in order to keep my stuff nice and clear to present to my colleagues I have to manually create a grid with boxes.

This process is tedious and suboptimal and I’d really love an option to snap objects to grid (whether it is their corners or their center I don’t really care).

Thanks for making my life easier with a great tool!


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Userlevel 5

Yes, I already use Snap Objects but it doesn’t snap to the grid, only to other objects on screen which doesn’t work in all cases.

 

What I do is that I create a fake grid with boxes so I can simulate grid snapping thanks to “snap objects”. This is suboptimal but it’s my workaround.

 

 

Userlevel 3

Snap to grid!!! Please implement!!

The current “snap to grid” should be renamed “snap to object”

Userlevel 3

I second this notion; please create snap to grid option. I’m a new user to this cloud app but not to design apps, and most have snap to grid.

Userlevel 1

I am for a proper snap to grid functionality with the option to customise the size of the grid too.

Yeah, I’m honestly quite confused about what the point of the grid is if you can’t snap to it. I can always get straight lines by clicking shift, I guess.

I also find the lack of snap to grid quite painful.  It’s a big gap, imo.  

Any chance to see it implemented anytime soon? It would be a really great feature that allows to keep diagrams tidy and clean.

Userlevel 1

How is this not the first thing you implement? Come on.

Yes, “Snap to grid” is a must have for an app like this.

I’m also really interested in this question.

I just started experimenting with Miro and tried to make a simple canvas. I wanted to have tow rectangles share an edge, so tried to use ‘snap to grid’. It really didn’t work the way I expected it to. 

 

 

I’m a bit confused as to what the intention of this feature actually is. It seems to just lock objects in place and prevent them from being moved but still allows free resizing without snapping.

Also confused by this - I have Snap Objects turned on, but nothing seems to snap to the grid. It would be very helpful to snap shapes to the grid so I can create orderly layouts.

Love the idea of creating your own snapping grid with mini-boxes above and to the left… going to use that in the meantime.

@Ouroboros Another workaround I found after reading your post is to use a one-row or one-column table grid, resizing it to for instance the borders of a frame, so you won’t have the “rulers” on your page. Neat: it’s easy to add a cell & resize to change the divisions or add a ruler (though I never find how to remove a cell?!). Not so neat: objects align to the center of the cell, not to its outlines ...

Mirro cannot snap objects to a grid and objects cannot have multiple magnet points  - this make Miro completely unsable for me

This is a table stakes feature where others, even Visio and Lucid is much better. 

I turn Snap off and everything still snaps to predetermined locations.  Is there a way to place items where I want them, instead of the software telling me where it “should” go? 

 

I want a section of a frame to be for stickies and another section for a narrative.  If one frame has fewer stickies the narrative doesn’t line up and it looks terrible.  

I second that!

 

Snap to grid is a so essential and basic function that I could not believe that anybody would implement a canvas-type tool without it…

 

:scream:

+1, can't understand how such a full featured app doesn't have this basic/core feature. Whimsical.com beats Miro in this regard.

+1 I feel terrible when I cannot align things too 

I’m surprised this wasn’t one of the first features that would have been implemented. Snapping to a grid and being able to modify the resolution of the grid is a fairly common feature in applications like this and is very useful when creating proportionate objects.

Please implement!

Hi @Ouroboros, thanks for sharing your use case!

I just wanted to make sure you already use the Snap objects feature. Right-click the canvas to open this menu on the board:

 

It’s really a pain for an OCD like me. Please let us know roughly it will be implemented. Thanks.

Snap to grid, yes please ! 

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Big +1. Would make diagrams so much more organized!

yes please ! 

Not being able to snap to grid is frustrating. I can see the grid and I can kinda use it to align things, but attempting to create any cohesive layouts becomes an infuriating task because you never get it just right and things start to distract you more than they should.

This is a basic feature in most other comparable services and applications.

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