Draft Snap Parallel

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Draft Snap Parallel.svg Draft Snap Parallel

Menu location
Draft, Arch
Default shortcut
Introduced in version
See also
Draft Snap, Draft Snap Lock


The Draft Snap Parallel.svg Draft Snap Parallel option snaps to an imaginary line parallel to straight edges. The edges can belong to Draft or Arch objects but also to objects created with other workbenches.

Up to 2 (or 8 introduced in version 0.20) edges can be referenced by this snap option and Draft Snap Extension, making it possible to snap to virtual intersections. Both snap options can also be combined with other snap options.

Draft Snap Parallel example.png

Snapping the second point of a line to an invisible line that is parallel to an edge


For general information about snapping see Draft Snap.

  1. Make sure snapping is enabled. See Draft Snap Lock.svg Draft Snap Lock.
  2. If Draft Snap Parallel is not active do one of the following:
    • Press the Draft Snap Parallel.svg button in the Draft snap toolbar.
    • Hold down the Draft Snap Lock.svgToolbar flyout arrow.svg button in the Draft snap widget and in the menu that opens select the Draft Snap Parallel.svg Snap Parallel option.
  3. Choose a Draft or Arch command to create your geometry.
  4. Note that you can also change snap options while a command is active.
  5. Pick a first point. This snap option requires a previous point. The parallel snap line will pass through this point.
  6. Move the cursor over a straight edge.
  7. The edge is highlighted.
  8. If you now move the cursor around the previous point you will notice a "magnetic" effect when the cursor is on the parallel snap line.
  9. The point is marked and the Draft Snap Parallel.svg icon is displayed near the cursor.
  10. Click to confirm the point.


See Draft Snap.