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Customize the editing grid

In the Editor Settings dialog box, you can configure the editing grid style, display scale settings, and snapping behavior. It is available on the status bar at the bottom of the active map or local scene when you hover the Grid button Editing Grid.

For steps to use the editing grid in your workflow, see Turn the editing grid on or off.

General settings

General settings configure the grid spacing, rotation, and the elevation z-value for 3D local scenes.

  1. On the status bar located at the bottom of the current map view, hover over Grid Editing Grid, and click Editor Settings Options.

    The dialog box appears.

  2. Click the Grid tab and expand General.
  3. Change one or more of the following settings:
    • Spacing—Specifies the distance and units between grid lines.
    • Major line interval—Displays major grid lines at the specified interval. Major grid lines appear darker and can provide a visual reference when compared to the minor grid lines.
    • Rotate with map—When enabled, the grid automatically rotates when you rotate the map.
    • Elevation—Specifies the z-value height at which the grid appears in a 3D scene.
      Note:

      This setting is not available when the active view is a 2D map.

Snapping and inference

Snapping and inference snap settings enable you to snap to the grid based on your active snap settings. Inferred snapping snaps to the grid at right angles.

  1. On the status bar located at the bottom of the current map view, hover over Grid Editing Grid, and click Editor Settings Options.

    The dialog box appears.

  2. Click the Grid tab and expand Snapping and inference.
  3. Change one or more of the following settings:
    • Snap to grid—When enabled, the pointer snaps to the grid lines and grid intersections based on your active snap settings.
    • Infer from grid—When enabled, the pointer snaps perpendicular to a grid line from the previous vertex. This can be useful for quickly sketching orthogonal lines such as square or rectangular features.
      Note:

      This setting is not available when the active view is a 3D scene.

Display and visibility

Display and visibility settings allow you to configure the appearance of the grid at different display scales.

  1. On the status bar located at the bottom of the current map view, hover over Grid Editing Grid, and click Editor Settings Options.

    The dialog box appears.

  2. Click the Grid tab and expand Display and visibility.
  3. Change one or more of the following settings:
    • Grid style—Displays the grid as contiguous lines or as grid points at all intersections.
    • In beyond—The minimum display scale at which the grid is visible in a map.
    • Out beyond—The maximum display scale at which the grid is visible in a map.
    • Dynamic scaling—When enabled, as you zoom out and exceed the Out beyond display scale setting, a secondary grid displays at a larger scale.
      Note:

      This setting is not available when the active view is a 3D scene.