Improving the layout of a flowchart
It's necessary to use the arrangement tools to improve the layout of a flowchart when you have added a number of flowchart
to the flowchart and connected them.
includes several arrangement tools to help you lay
out flowchart shapes neatly and evenly. You might
use different tools at different times while you
create flowcharts. Some can make small adjustments
to shape positions, and some help you rearrange
the entire diagrams.
Select More than One Shape at a
Most often, the designers have
to select shapes before you can do other things,
such as move, rotate, or resize shapes. In Edraw,
you can select several shapes at a time, by area, with
the lasso tool, or select all the shapes on the
To select a single shape, use
the pointer tool, then drag a square around the shapes to
be moved. When you release the cursor, the selected
shapes have green or blue handles. The one with the
blue handles is the first to be selected, and is the
considered the dominant shape when you align shapes.
On the Home tab, in the Basic
Tools group, click Select. Place the pointer above
and to the left of the shapes that you want to
select, and then drag to create a selection net
around the shapes. After you select the shapes,
you'll see blue selection handles around the shapes
that you selected and magenta lines around the
You can click the Select by
Type button to select the type of shapes such as
connectors, text block or basic shapes.
Change the Size of Flowchart
Click a shape to select it.
Drag a selection handle until the shape is in the size
that you want. To resize the shape proportionally,
drag a corner handle.
Resize a 1-dimensional shape,
such as a line, drag an endpoint to the length you
want. To keep the same proportions, hold the Shift
key down while you drag.
Move a Flowchart Shape to a New
Click a flowchart shape to
select it, or select several as described below.
Rest the pointer on one of the shapes. A four-headed
arrow appears. Hold the cursor over the selected
shape, but not at an edge, drag the shape or group
of shapes to the new position. The distribution
guide line will show automatically. This tool is designed to leave your shapes
as close as possible to their current positions, but aligned with each other and
Glue Connectors Dynamically
When you move shapes, the
connectors stay glued to them. However, their
positions may not be appropriate any more. When you
glue them dynamically, they move around to the most
appropriate connection points.
Select a connector by
Drag one end of the connector
into the shape.
The entire shape gets a heavy
red outline to indicate that it is connected
Repeat with the other end. Now
see what happens when you move one of the boxes in
relation to the others.
Align Flowchart Shapes
When you add shapes to the
flowchart and start changing their sizes and
positions, they will inevitably become unaligned,
which is very obvious when connectors are no longer
straight lines. Instead of trying to keep shapes
aligned by dragging them, you can do this more
precisely using the aligning tools from the Tools
Select the shapes you want to
On the Home tab, in the Arrange
group, click Position.
Click Align. The shapes are
aligned to the dominant shape (the one with the
purple handles, which was selected first.)
Rotate or Flip Flowchart Shapes
You can rotate shapes by degrees: flip them vertically, flip them
horizontally, or rotate them using the rotation
Select the shapes that you want
to rotate. Do one of the followings: To rotate the
shape counterclockwise, on the Home tab, in the
Arrange group, click Rotation & Flip; point to
Rotate Shapes; and select Rotate Left 90. To rotate
the shape clockwise, on the Home tab, in the Arrange
group, click Position; point to Rotate Shapes; and
select Rotate Right 90.
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