Today in my reporting services class, I was asked how to get the Snap to Grid dots to appear in the designer. Here are some of the areas I checked to see if I could get them to appear:
1. I went to Tools / Options / HTML Designer and from there I chose Ruler and Grid. I changed the Line Style to Dots and altered the spacing to 10 and I didn’t see them appear.
2. I also went to Windows Forms Designer / General and changed the LayoutMode to SnapToGrid. ShowGrid and SnapToGrid is set to True and I still don’t see the grid dots in m designer.
3. Lastly I selected the CSS and changed Properties for Padding and Borders as well as Floating, Positioning, and Sizing to Inline.
Ultimately, I wasn’t able to figure it out. So I researched this feature on the almighty internet. Here is what I believe to be the final answer to the question with the link to where I found the answer:
“The layout surface as a whole was reworked for 2008. The new surface does not have a grid you can turn on but does provide could alignment indicators (in relation to other objects on the design surface) when you are dragging objects with the mouse. The new surface also supports great keyboard control. For example Arrow keys will move and object and <CTRL>+<Arrow> will move in small increments. Same with keyboard sizing with <SHIFT>+<Arrow> and <SHIFT>+<CTRL>+<arrow>” We are evaluating how to further improve things so your feedback is appreciated.
Craig (SSRS Team) //
The answers seem consistent. So long story short, I couldn’t find a way and forum posts and responses all seem to point to the same answer as well. I hope this helps anybody who is researching this feature (which I guess is really not a feature anymore).