Guide lines are the helping lines for object creation. There are could be set in the document before one starts to create the object or directly during the drawing without interrapting the main drawing tool.
Please note that undo action does not work for the guide lines, it means the shifted/created guide lines can’t be moved back/removed with it.
To work with the guides the dialog window opens on the document margin with the
RMB. If the pointer clicks on one of the guides the dialog window with four lines appears, otherwise (no guides under the pointer) the dialog window has only three lines (Fig.0).
To create a new guide the dialog window should be opened on the document margin (Fig.1). Depending on the current snapping mode the guide takes the same position as the pointer on the margin (Snap to grid is off) or the nearest value divisible to the lattice size (Snap to grid is on) after the clicking on the “Add guide” line.
By pressing the
LMB on the document margin one grabs a guide line and can bring it with the pointer to any spot and leave it there by releasing the mouse button. Depending on the current snapping mode the guide follows the pointer continuously (Snap to grid is off) or with jumps equal to the lattice size (Snap to grid is on).
The properties of the guide lines could be set in the Attribute Editor if the “Guide properties” line in the guide dialog window is chosen (Fig.6). One can choose the guide line style (Fig.7) and the color (Fig.8) in the window Appearance, or add new guides, move and remove already existing guides in Guides Coordinates (Fig.9).
The First color is the main color for all guide lines for all styles. The Second color is in use only for dashed line style and fills the spaces between the main color segments. Both colors can be set to default parameters with the
RMB click on the color line after the confirmation with the
LMB or the key
The color could be set with its special name in the color line or be chosen with the help of Palette or Chooser by opening the dialog window with an arrow on the right side of the color line. The information on how the Chooser works is given in details in Color chooser.
The guide lines can be removed either manually with the mouse or numerically in the Guide settings window. To do it manually the pointer should stay above the guide to remove, press on the
LMB will grab the line, the line should be brought to the document margin then the
LMB can be released. With releasing the button the guide line disappears.
To do it numerically, the guide dialog window on the document margin should be called and the “Guide properties” line selected. The folders “horizontal” and “vertical” contain all the guide lines in the document. To remove one or all horizontal/vertical guides the button should be selected in the corresponding folder. Use
Ok to confirm the task.