How to move an object more precisely with the arrow keys

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Holiday greetings all, trust everyone is keeping safe and healthy!

Now for my question. I need to move graphics/objects within a document to precisely align them visually (Ctrl-4) within columns.

Snap to grid/guides is turned off because the bounding boxes aren't consistent in size so I need to move them by eyeball and mouse so the border within the graphic itself aligns with the column guides.

But moving them with the arrow keys overshoots where I want them and seems always to snap to the guides even though I have that turned off. Is there a way to adjust the movement settings for the arrow keys so they aren't as "macro", when I need them to be "micro"?

When I press and hold with the mouse so I can move more precisely, they still seem to snap to the column guides even though "snap to" is turned off.

I haven't explained this very well at all in my frustration, I'm hoping someone can figure out what I mean 🙂

Many thanks for time and input!!

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Adobe Community Professional , Dec 31, 2020 Dec 31, 2020
You can set the cursor-key increments in Preferences > Units and Increments. Ariel

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You can set the cursor-key increments in Preferences > Units and Increments.

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Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!!

HAPPY DANCE!! Thanks SO much.

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And if you press simultaneously on Cmd (Mac) and Shift, or Ctrl (Windows) and Shift while using the arrow keys, you divide the increment by 10.

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thanks folks, you've no idea how much this has helped. Appreciate you being here! 🙂

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Hi FloridaGal,

another option is to use a document grid so if you move or change the size of an object, frame edges will snap to the grid.

 

Preferences > Grids > Document Grid

View > Grids & Guides > Snap to Document Grid

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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