How to disable line selection in JOSM?

Hi all,

I am often aligning existing nodes of a way to better ortorectified images.
Again and again I fail to select the wanted node and instead move the
entire way. Most times I notice it or get a warning, but I wonder if there
is an option (hot key) to avoid the selection of ways completely ?
I also tried to enlarge the size of the nodes, but that seems to be more complex

Any hints?


Maybe this JOSM feature can help you?

Please tell us about success or failure?

Thanks for the hint.
I tried it for a while now, but found it too difficult to use in Japan.
My Explanation:
The imported data (source=YahooJapan/ALPSMAP) from 2011 is more or less
useless when you look at the ortorectified images from GSI

The imported data is not just a bit afar from the wanted place, it sometimes
has 10 nodes instead of 2, making a straight road zig-zagging, sometimes only 2 instead of 10, so that a
curvy road goes straight through buildings.
Also nearly all roads have wrong attributes,
e.g. most residential roads are “highway=unclassified” while existing highway=residential are
often looking like tracks.

So, my currernt workflow is like this:
In residential areas I first adjust the crossings with major roads, next I add or remove nodes
for these major roads, then I try to reconnect the minor ways with the major road.
This is where my problem occurs:
I often try to select the end node of an existing way (which can be 30m from its wanted position)
to move it to the wanted position, and instead I move the way.
This also happens when I try to add a new node on an existing way by left-clicking on the small cross that is displayed
in the middle of two nodes.

On the other hand I rarely move complete ways, so I thought that there must be an option
that let’s me decide whether I prefer to select the whole way or whatever else might be meant with the left


In the JOSM advanced preferences you can increase the number in the key “mappaint.node.snap-distance”. This is the maximum distance (in pixel) where a node is fetched.

Thanks a lot, that seems to do exactly what I needed :slight_smile: