General Tips

General tips for draw.io

Disable Resize of Cells in Groups
To disable resize of cells in groups (ie. make Ctrl+Resize default) use recursiveResize=0 in the cell style (Ctrl+E)
Sun, 12 Mar, 2017 at 1:33 PM
Using the Scissor Tool
Ctrl+Shift+Drag on the background to move shapes:
Sun, 12 Mar, 2017 at 1:40 PM
How to Remove (Deselect) Selected Cells
To toggle the selection state or (de)select selected shapes, tap and hold on touch devices, Shift+Click or Ctrl+Click (Cmd+Click on Mac), or Alt+Shift+Selec...
Sun, 12 Mar, 2017 at 2:04 PM
Delete Cells with Connections
Ctrl+Delete (Cmd+Delete on the Mac) or Shift+Delete in Toolbar to delete cells with connections:
Sun, 12 Mar, 2017 at 1:45 PM
Avoid Adding to Group
Hold the Alt key before releasing the mouse (Alt+Drop) to ignore the highlighted drop target (group):
Sun, 12 Mar, 2017 at 1:47 PM
Numbering Elements
To automatical add numbers to labels in elements in a diagram, add the number plugin by navigating to Extras->Plugins. In the plugin dialog click "a...
Wed, 18 Jul, 2018 at 5:26 PM
Show Properties in Chromeless mode
To show properties (metadata) in chromeless mode, add p=props to the URL. Here is an example.
Sun, 12 Mar, 2017 at 1:52 PM
Extracing Text from Diagrams
To extract all text from a diagram, use the text plugin by adding p=text to the URL, then go to Extract, Extract Text. Here is an example.
Sun, 12 Mar, 2017 at 1:55 PM
Adding Entries in UML Diagrams
Press Ctrl+Enter to clone an entry in a list shape, start typing to change the value and press Ctrl+Enter to apply the new value. Repeat for adding more ent...
Sun, 12 Mar, 2017 at 2:00 PM
How to create a bidirectional arrow?
To change a single headed arrow to a double headed arrow, use the drop down boxes in the style tab of the format panel as follows: See also: How to crea...
Wed, 26 Apr, 2017 at 6:35 AM