Hold down 'Shift' to draw vertical, diagonal or horizontal lines

10-24-2012 10:58 AM
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New Contributor III

When drawing a line, i would like to be able to hold down the 'Shift' key to draw vertical, diagonal or horizontal lines, as is the standard in many applications.

Just to be clear, are you wanting it for graphic elements in a map layout, or sketching line features in your GIS data?
Having that at least as an editing option in both graphics and data would be absolutely wonderfully useful.  Yes, when editing data you can put in an angle measure, but just being able to quickly hold down shift and have the current segment of the edit sketch snap to the clossest 0/45/90 angle would by really useful as it is in so many other applications.

Constraining to angles by holding down the shift key should also be enabled when moving objects in layout.


There are inferred constraints in ArcGIS Pro that I think help with this request https://pro.arcgis.com/en/pro-app/latest/help/editing/inference-constraints.htm Enabling the reference grid may also be helpful: https://pro.arcgis.com/en/pro-app/latest/help/editing/enable-the-editing-grid.htm

For users looking specifically for similar constraints when working with layout elements, please go to https://community.esri.com/t5/arcgis-pro-ideas/use-shift-key-to-constrain-movement-of-layout/idi-p/1... and add your support by giving it kudos.

Thank you