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Don't swap height/width resizing options when changing layout direction

When using auto layout, I’ve noticed that when I want to change the layout direction, it completely ruins the frames and layers.

This didn’t always use to behave like this, and has changed in the last month or so.

Below is an example of what happens when you change from one layout direction to another. To recreate this you just need to use auto layout and make sure at least either width or height is set to fixed.

Notice that it completely ruins the integrity of the layers inside the container.

I believe that it would be better if it worked like the example below.

If I’m designing a grid and I decide I want it to now be a list, Figma shouldn’t change my design intent (width = fixed → height = fixed).

How do you feel about this? Is this something that affects you?


Would love to see this solved. It’s likely the most infuriating behavior of Figma, and a completely undesired one in 99% cases.