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The Anchored property determines whether the part will be immovable by physics. When enabled, a part will never change position due to gravity, other parts collisions, overlapping other parts, or any other physics-related causes. A part that is not anchored is called unanchored. As a result, two anchored parts will never fire the /BasePart/Touched event on each other. An anchored part may still be moved by changing its /BasePart/CFrame or /BasePart/Position, and it still may have a nonzero /BasePart/Velocity and /BasePart/RotVelocity. Finally, if an unanchored part is joined with an anchored part through an object like a /ManualWeld, it too will act anchored. If such a joint breaks the part may be affected by physics again.

It’s a good idea to anchor parts that are part of your game’s environment (and therefore shouldn’t move). In fact, if you don’t have a good reason to keep a part unanchored, you should anchor it. Unanchored parts can cause performance issues if there are many. In Roblox Studio, you can anchor/unanchor an entire model using the Anchor tool. Be sure to keep static environment models anchored, like in-world buttons, signs and trees. You don’t want these moving or falling over by accident!

Network ownership cannot be set on anchored parts. If a part’s anchored status changes on the server, the network ownership of that part will be affected.

Code Samples

Part Anchored Toggle

This code sample will allow a part to be clicked to toggle its anchored property. When toggled, the visual appearance of the part is updated (red means anchored, yellow means free).

local part = script.Parent

-- Create a ClickDetector so we can tell when the part is clicked 
local cd = Instance.new("ClickDetector", part)

-- This function updates how the part looks based on its Anchored state
local function updateVisuals()
	if part.Anchored then
		-- When the part is anchored...
		part.BrickColor = BrickColor.new("Bright red")
		part.Material = Enum.Material.DiamondPlate
		-- When the part is unanchored...
		part.BrickColor = BrickColor.new("Bright yellow")
		part.Material = Enum.Material.Wood

local function onToggle()
	-- Toggle the anchored property
	part.Anchored = not part.Anchored
	-- Update visual state of the brick

-- Update, then start listening for clicks