Whether you’re diagramming your words or using words to explain your diagram, Lucidchart makes it easy for you to add and edit text. Read on to learn how to add text to different parts of your diagram, edit the text’s appearance and layout, and upload custom fonts to the editor.
To add text to a shape, drag a shape out of the toolbox or double-click on an existing shape and start typing.
To add text to a line, double-click on the line to create a text box and start typing.
You can move the text box along the line, or directly above/below/to the side of the line by clicking on it and dragging.
To add a text box to the canvas, double-click anywhere on the canvas or drag out of the toolbox and drop it on the canvas.
You can also create a text box by dragging a line out of an existing text box and selecting
Add text to an image by dragging a text box over it. If the image is covering up the text, right-click on the image and select Arrange > Send Item Backward or right-click on the text box and select Arrange > Bring Item Forward.
You can also group a text box to an image by selecting both objects, right-clicking, and selecting “Group.”
Click once on a text box or shape containing text to select it.
Double-click on an object containing text to select all of the text within the object and enter text editing mode.
Click again on the object to un-select the text and remain in text editing mode.
Double-click on a word to select it.
Click three times on a word to select the line containing it.
Select an object containing text or a specific string of text and follow the steps below.
Change font: Click on the font in the properties bar and select a new font from the drop-down menu.
Edit text size: Click on the text size in the properties bar and select or type in a new size.
Make text bold: Click or use the keyboard shortcut command/Ctrl + B.
Italicize text: Click or use the keyboard shortcut command/Ctrl + I.
Underline text: Click or use the keyboard shortcut command/Ctrl + U.
Edit text color: Click and select the color you want by clicking on the corresponding color swatch.
Add shadow to text: Click > and switch the button above SHADOW from off to on. You can then adjust the shadow’s distance, blur, color, and angle.
Edit text alignment: Click and select an alignment option from the drop-down menu.
You can find the following options in the text options window, which you can access by clicking in the properties bar.
Add strike through text: Click
Convert text to subscript: Click
Convert text to superscript: Click
Increase or decrease space between lines of text: Toggle the arrows or type a value into the text box above LINE HEIGHT.
Convert lines of text to bullets: Select a bulleting option from the BULLETS AND LISTS drop-down menu.
Adjust left, right, before, and after indent: Toggle the arrows or type a value into the text box above your desired indent option.
Adjust text padding: Toggle the arrows or type a value into the text box above PADDING.
Rotate text 90˚ counter-clockwise: Click
Add line breaks: Press Enter to add a break between lines of text within a text box or command/Ctrl + Enter to add a break between lines of text within a shape.
Add a new bullet: Press command/Ctrl + Enter to add a new bulleted line.
End a bulleted list: Press Shift + Enter to start a new line of text without a bullet.
- Select an object containing text or a text string.
- Click on the font drop-down menu.
- Click “Manage fonts…” at the bottom of the menu to open the font manager.
- Toggle on desired fonts.
- Hit to add the selected fonts to the font drop-down menu.
- Click in the bottom left and select a font file from your computer OR drag and drop one or more font files onto the font list.
- Click to add the fonts to the font drop-down menu.
Spell Check: When spell check is enabled, Lucidchart will flag any words that it does not recognize by underlining them in red.
Change Spell Check Language: Select this option and choose a language from the drop-down menu to change the spell check language of your document.
Find & Replace: Select this option or press command/Ctrl + F to pull up the Find & Replace window. Type the string that you would like to replace in the FIND text box and the replacement string in the REPLACE text box, then click “Replace” or “Replace all.”