Gridlines

Gridlines are the pattern of lines drawn behind the Diagram elements. It provides a visual guidance while dragging or arranging the objects on the Diagram surface.

Customize the gridlines visibility

The SnapSettings.SnapConstraints enables you to show/hide the gridlines. The following code example illustrates how to show or hide gridlines.

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  • <ej:Diagram ClientIDMode="Static" ID="Diagram" runat="server" Height="600px" Width="100%">
    	<%--Shows both horizontal and vertical gridlines--%>
    	<SnapSettings SnapConstraints="ShowLines" />
    </ej:Diagram>

    show or hide gridlines

    To show only horizontal/vertical gridlines or to hide gridlines, refer to Constraints

    Appearance

    You can customize the appearance of the gridlines by using a set of predefined properties. To explore those properties, refer to Gridlines
    The HorizontalGridLines and VerticalGridLines properties allow to customize the appearance of the gridlines. The following code example illustrates how to customize the appearance of gridlines.

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  • <ej:Diagram ClientIDMode="Static" ID="Diagram" runat="server" Height="600px" Width="100%">
    	<SnapSettings SnapConstraints="ShowLines">
    		<HorizontalGridlines LineColor="blue" LineDashArray="2 2"></HorizontalGridlines>
    		<VerticalGridlines LineColor="blue" LineDashArray="2 2"></VerticalGridlines>
    	</SnapSettings>
    </ej:Diagram>

    customize the appearance of gridlines

    Line Intervals

    Thickness and the space between gridlines can be customized by using LinesInterval property. In the linesInterval collections, values at the odd places are referred as the thickness of lines and the values at the even places are referred as the space between gridlines.

    The following code example illustrates how to customize the thickness of lines and the line intervals.

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  • List<decimal> intervals = new List<decimal>();
    intervals.Add(1.25m);
    intervals.Add(14);
    intervals.Add(0.25m);
    intervals.Add(15);
    intervals.Add(0.25m);
    intervals.Add(15);
    intervals.Add(0.25m);
    intervals.Add(15);
    intervals.Add(0.25m);
    intervals.Add(15);
    Diagram.Model.SnapSettings = new SnapSettings()
    {
    	//Shows both horizontal and vertical gridlines
    	SnapConstraints = SnapConstraints.ShowLines,
    	// Customizes the line color and line style to the gridlines.
    	// Defines the thickness and intervals for a pattern of lines
    	HorizontalGridlines = new GridLines() {
    		LinesInterval = intervals,
    		LineColor = "blue",
    		LineDashArray = "2 2"
    	},
    	VerticalGridlines = new GridLines() {
    		LinesInterval = intervals,
    		LineColor = "blue",
    		LineDashArray = "2 2"
    	}
    };

    customize the thickness of lines and the line intervals

    Snapping

    Snap To Lines

    This feature allows the Diagram objects to snap to the nearest intersection of gridlines while being dragged or resized. This feature enables easier alignment during layout or design.

    Snapping to gridlines can be enabled/disabled with the SnapSettings.SnapConstraints. The following code example illustrates how to enable/disable the snapping to gridlines.

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  • <ej:Diagram ClientIDMode="Static" ID="Diagram" runat="server" Height="600px" Width="100%">
    	<%--Enables snapping to both the horizontal and vertical lines.--%>
    	<SnapSettings SnapConstraints="SnapToLines" />
    </ej:Diagram>

    To enable/disable snapping to horizontal/vertical lines, refer to Constraints

    Customization of Snap Intervals

    By default, the objects are snapped towards the nearest gridline. The gridline or position towards where the diagram object snaps can be customized with the property, snapInterval. The following code example illustrates how to customize the snap intervals.

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  • List<decimal> interval = new List<decimal>();
    interval.Add(10);
    //Enables snapping to both the horizontal and vertical lines.
    Diagram.Model.SnapSettings = new SnapSettings()
    {
    	HorizontalGridlines = new GridLines() { SnapInterval = interval },
    	VerticalGridlines = new GridLines() { SnapInterval = interval },
    	SnapConstraints = SnapConstraints.All
    };

    Snap To Objects

    The snap-to-object provides visual cues to assist with aligning and spacing Diagram elements. A node can be snapped with its neighboring objects based on certain alignments. Such alignments are visually represented as smart guides.

    The EnableSnapToObject property allows you to enable/disable smart guides. The following code example illustrates how to enable/disable the smart guides.

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  • <ej:Diagram ClientIDMode="Static" ID="Diagram" runat="server" Height="600px" Width="100%">
    	<%--Enables snapping to both the horizontal and vertical lines.--%>
    	<SnapSettings EnableSnapToObject=true />
    </ej:Diagram>

    enable/disable the smart guides