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Measuring Distance Between Fixed and Scrolling Layers

Seems that I can’t hold shift to measure two layers when one is scrolling and the other is fixed. Not sure why I wouldn’t be able to, but that is something that I find myself needing to do regularly.

Please remove the restriction of comparing those elements!

Hold the Option/Alt key.
https://help.figma.com/hc/en-us/articles/360039956974-Measure-distances-between-layers#Measure_distances

I can’t reproduce this. Maybe you need to also hold Cmd/Ctrl if these objects are nested in other groups/frames? And yes, you don’t hold Shift to measure distances, hold Alt/Opt.

Mmmm, meant to say I was pressing Option. I’ll try some things, doesn’t happen all the time so it feels more like a bug

Make sure your layers are not overlapped by other layers. Also check if the layers are locked.

Could you share an example of a file in which distance measurement doesn’t work?