What are those annoying lines that are following my mouse cursor?
Why did they appear?
These are 2 questions I see asked often.
Crosshairs are a tool that can help in lining things up with other objects. It is a visual on the screen of a horizontal and vertical line that meets at the point of your mouse cursor.
Some people like them, some people do not.
Why do they show up?
The most common way that Crosshairs are activated is by pressing the letter H on the keyboard when not in text edit mode.
The letter H is the keyboard shortcut to toggle the Crosshairs on and off.
This can happen easily if a user thinks they have activated the Text Tool and start typing or maybe if a cat walks across your keyboard or a child is pushing buttons.
3 other ways Crosshairs can be turned on
1 – Opening a .studio file created by someone else that was saved with the Crosshairs on. This setting can sometimes be saved with the settings of the file.
Don’t like it? Press the letter H to toggle it off.
2 – On the Page Setup Panel – Tab 2.
Click the Crosshairs button to toggle it on and off.
3 – In the top menu, under View – choose “Show Crosshairs”.
Crosshairs are a great tool if you are designing in the software and want to line things up or have a visual of where things line up in relation to other object.
They can be used in conjunction with the Alignment, Guides, Rulers, Smart Snapping tools as well to help in the design process.
Do you use the Crosshairs? I find I am distracted by them, but just like the other design tools, I may use them for certain projects.
If I don’t need them, I press the letter H and go on about my work.
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