The Sims 4

The Sims 4 Tutorial: How to avoid Grids when placing Objects!

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The Sims 4 introduces a similar way of avoiding grids like we could do so in The Sims 3.

To avoid a grid when placing objects, all you have to do is select an object and press the ”ALT” keyboard button. While holding that button, you can move around your selected object anywhere, as long as it doesn’t touch another object or a wall.

You can also rotate objects for 360°. To do so, select an object, press the ”ALT” keyboard button, click the left mouse button and now you can rotate it however you want.

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Wall objects can be moved anywhere on the wall with the ”ALT” keyboard button as well.

Let’s say I want to add paintings and other wall objects around this TV.

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I’ll move the TV up with the ALT keyboard button so I can place more paintings underneath it.

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With the magic of ALT button, I managed to fill the entire wall with paintings and posters!

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You can do the same thing for Windows as well, although you can’t move it just anywhere when it comes to left and right directions, only up and down.

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  • You’re on the right track, but this tutorial isn’t entirely correct as it’s missing a critical component: you must change your camera mode to “The Sims 3 Camera” in the options menu for this to work. Attempting the actions illustrated here in the default camera mode will not yield desired results. With the help of your tutorial, I used context clues to determine why it wasn’t working for me and after thinking back to how you rotated objects 360 degrees in The Sims 3, I figured it out. You should definitely update this tutorial to reflect that.

    • I fully agree with your opinion. I didn’t even think about the standard camera that came with the game since I immediately switched it.
      I’ll be publishing a quick ”How to change Camera Modes” tutorial really soon and will link it to this Tutorial.
      Thanks!!

  • Thanks! This is a great tip! The only problem that I have is when placing clutter on surfaces like dressers or tables, the grid does not go away even clicking ALT. Do you know how to fix this?

    • I’m getting the exact same problem as Chloe, can’t seem to get over the grid even whilst using Alt. Can anyone help?