What Is Snap to Grid?

By Kelly Wall

Snap to grid is a computer function used to organize files or images automatically. It uses an invisible grid to line up the items on the screen along perfect horizontal and vertical lines.

Windows

In Windows, this function is called "Align to Grid." Users can access "Align to Grid" by right clicking anywhere on the desktop and selecting the option from the menu that appears under the view section. This option can be turned on and off whenever you like.

Macintosh

On a Macintosh, the snap-to-grid function is called "Clean Up." You find this option under "View Options." This option can be turned on and off whenever you like.

Programs

In computer programs such as Excel and PowerPoint, there is a snap-to-grid option for images and objects in documents you create. This works just like the desktop snap to grid by taking the objects and aligning them with a grid. It assures you that all images are perfectly lined up without trial and error.