Keep Photoshop From Snapping to a Document Edge

Like grids and guides, the Snap to feature in Photoshop can be turned on and off. Snap To causes items to snap to the grid, guide, or document edge—a feature that some users find useful and others do not. You can disable snapping for all or only some options right from the View menu.

The Snap To settings

Disabling All Snapping

To prevent Photoshop from snapping any items at all, remove the checkmark in front of View > Snap.

Specifying snap options

You can disable and enable snapping more selectively, too. Select View > Snap to and choose Guides, Grid, or Document Bounds as desired.

If you disable snapping for document bounds, Photoshop will no longer confine items to the edges of your document.

You can disable snapping in Photoshop Elements exactly the same way as in Photoshop.

Temporarily Disabling Snapping

To temporarily disable the Snap to behavior while using the Move tool, hold down Ctrl in Windows or the Command key in macOS as you work near the edge of a document.

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