I want to measure the distance from point a to point b in the PCB editor. However point b is surrounded by pads and primitives, thus when I try to move my cursor to point b, the cursor keeps snapping to the pads and primitives. Under normal circumstances I love this snapping feature, but sometimes I require a specific measurement that the snapping feature prevents me from doing.

Is there a method to quickly switch between snapping and non-snapping when using the "Measurement Distance" tool?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Hold down the Control key to turn off snapping temporarily. Or adjust the snap feature how you like it. \$\endgroup\$
    – The Photon
    Sep 6, 2017 at 17:36
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ThePhoton You beat me to it, I was just about to say this \$\endgroup\$
    – DerStrom8
    Sep 6, 2017 at 17:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ Works great, thank you! I will answer the question. \$\endgroup\$
    – Shicon Wen
    Sep 6, 2017 at 18:08

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Credit to The Photon for providing the solution.

Hold down the Control key to temporarily turn off snapping. Release the Control key to go back to snapping.


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