Grid Settings

TOTAL Sketch's Grid settings allow you to set your preferred units of measurement and fine‑tune the increments it uses in your sketcher to assist you in drawing lines and angles. To customize your grid settings:

  1. From TOTAL Sketch's Preferences, click the Grid tab. These options can also be accessed from the Grid panel when nothing is selected in your sketch.

  2. Apply your preferred options. Options include:
    Show Grid
    By default, TOTAL Sketch simulates grid paper to assist you in drawing. If you'd prefer to remove the grid so you only see a blank, white canvas for your sketch, uncheck this box.
    Snap to Grid Increments
    By default, TOTAL Sketch's sketcher snaps the lines you draw to the nearest foot on the simulated "grid paper." If you need to fine‑tune this behavior, choose an alternate snap distance from the drop‑down menu.
    Line unit of measure
    This drop‑down box lets you specify the format and units of measure to be used for lines in your sketch.
    Decimal precision
    This setting determines the number of decimal places that are used when sketching and displaying labels.
    Area Unit of Measure
    TOTAL Sketch can display the area dimensions for your sketch in square feet or acres. Select your preferred units of measure from this drop‑down menu.
    Auto close area snapping
    Choose the amount of space to allow before auto closing an area, based off the Line unit of measure setting. For example, when using decimal feet with Auto close area snapping set to .25, TOTAL Sketch will auto close an area any time the end point of a line is within .25 feet of another line or end point of a line.
    Snap to angles automatically
    This setting makes it easier to draw commonly used angles by snapping directly to them, rather than having to draw them precisely on the grid. To enable this option, check the box, then choose the degree to which an angle should snap.
    While drawing, you can temporarily enable or disable the angle snapping feature by holding the CTRL key on your keyboard while drawing the angle.
  3. When you're finished, click OK to save your changes.