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Set the starting point and the press shift while dragging the mouse pointer to the end point. This allows only for four directions of the line: horizontal, vertical, and the exact mean of both in the two obvious variants.
(N-S, W-E, NW-SE, SW-NE)

Set the starting point and the press shift while dragging the mouse pointer to the end point. This allows only for four directions of the line: horizontal, vertical, and the exact mean of both in the two obvious variants.
(N-S, W-E, NW-SE, SW-NE)SW-NE)

By the way: You cannot force a previously created line to change to one of the above mentioned preferred directions. The additional 'Shift' while editing an existing line preserves its already defined direction.

Set the starting point and the press shift while dragging the mouse pointer to the end point. This allows only for four directions of the line: horizontal, vertical, and the exact mean of both in the two obvious variants.
(N-S, W-E, NW-SE, SW-NE)

By the way: You cannot force a previously created line to change to one of the above mentioned preferred directions. The additional 'Shift' while editing an existing line preserves its already defined direction.direction.

(You may also consider to define a drawing grid with a reasonable distance between the grid points and choose the 'Snap to grid' option.)