First, don't be afraid to just try the move and see what happens. You can always UNDO
If you use the command under the EDIT menu called "Circuit Move and Copy" it will definitely work,
but I always have trouble with it placing the group off-grid, and for some reason I still like grids
(old guy alert) There is a way to set the snap point but I can never figure it out
The EASY option to do what you want to do is to select the traces that you want to keep in that area,
and then click the "semi-fix" button, between the "Fix " and "Un-fix" buttons on the routing toolbar,
then go into the place mode and move the group. The traces should stay they way you created them.
and again, don't be afraid to try both ways and UNDO whatever you don't like...
This community is invaluable. I took your advice and saved my original design and made a copy of it to "play" around with moving the components.
(update to the "Circuit Move and Copy" comment above, related to "off-grid" copies).
I just realized that I was skipping one crucial step which was causing all my moves and copies to be off-grid
When using the "Edit/Circuit Move and Copy" command, after everything is selected that you want to Move or Copy,
when you start the Move or Copy, the items will be attached to your cursor at a calculated midpoint of the selection group
(which is almost always "off-grid" !!!)
when you set the moved or copied group down, the components and vias won't match any grids you have set in your Editor Control dialog box under the "Grids" tab. I had gotten into the habit of using the Place/Snap-to-Grid command after "Circuit Move and Copy" commands, but it sometimes alters the routingHOWEVER,
if you "right-click" after the selection is made, BEFORE you start the move or copy, you can SET ORIGIN to a via or component pin (or anything that is currently "on-grid"), and THEN execute the Move/Copy command. Then you won't get any errors or warnings about "off-grid" items in the DRC check
I had seen the right-click menu before, but got confused by the SNAP options. SET ORIGIN works!
hope that helps,
Be sure and go through the Editor Control. There are part "shoving" and glossing options that may help.