In NetPoint, a horizontal system guides the placement of all activities, delays, milestones, benchmarks, and hammocks. Although they can be temporarily positioned between grids while selected, they will always snap to the nearest grid as soon as they’re deselected. Info objects, shades and shapes, notepads, and text boxes, however, are free to be positioned anywhere on the canvas.
Grids provide an important reference point for objects on the canvas. In addition, they can be strategically used for improving the look and layout of the network. For example, the amount of space between grids can be adjusted, and grids can be added or removed.
Grid spacing determines how much vertical space there is between adjacent horizontal grid lines, but it will not actually stretch the canvas (increase or decrease its height). The maximum allowed value is determined by the current size of the page and the positions of existing objects within the canvas. The grid spacing can only be increased if the bottom grid is unoccupied. If objects already reside on the bottom grid, they must be moved higher in order to increase grid spacing.
NOTE: The default grid spacing of 0.500 inches allows activities with single line descriptions to be displayed with both the duration and the float block, without the chance of any text overlapping (using a small global text size). A grid spacing of 0.350 inches allows activities with single line descriptions to be displayed with either the duration or the float block (but not both), without the chance of any text overlapping (using a small global text size). Values smaller than 0.350 should only be used to customize advanced schedule layouts, because they may cause numerous text collisions unless activities are placed more than 1 grid apart.
NOTE: Grids that contain objects cannot be removed.
NOTE: If no activity is selected first (e.g.. a group is only selected by drawing a box around them), then the activities will align to the grid of whichever activity was added to the canvas first.