Since everyone works, thinks, and creates a little differently, Lucidchart provides a flexible workspace with many adjustable settings. Read on for an overview of the different components of the Lucidchart workspace and instructions on how to adjust your page settings.
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To provide for view-to-view customization, Lucidchart page settings only apply to the view of your document that is currently open in your editor. To make a change to every view of your document you will have to enter into each one and change its settings individually.
Separate your content into multiple views using the tabs at the bottom of the Lucidchart editor.
Click on an existing tab to open the corresponding view or click to create a blank view. Rearrange the tabs by dragging and dropping and double-click on the text within them to rename a page view.
Right-click on a page tab or click to pull up options to rename, duplicate, or delete a page, or convert a page into a master page.
Click to open a list of the page names, and click to view thumbnails of all of the pages in your document.
While you can only navigate to existing pages from the list view, you can perform all page management tasks from the thumbnail view.
Think visually on a limitless canvas with Lucidchart’s auto-tiling feature. You can enable auto-tiling by toggling the switch at the top of your page settings drawer.
When auto-tiling is enabled, page tiles will automatically be created when you add content to your document that exceeds your page boundaries.
When auto-tiling is turned off, content that exceeds your page will appear on the grey area surrounding your canvas. This content will not appear on exported versions of your document.
With Lucidchart’s export options, you can break up the content of a single view of your document into multiple output pages. When you print or download to PDF, the pages of your output will correspond to the tiles of your canvas. If you’d rather output your content to a single page, you can consolidate a view of your document to one page tile using the “fit” feature.
Choose from a list of common page sizes from the dropdown or select “Custom” and manually adjust the width and height of your pages in the boxes underneath.
To flip the dimensions of your pages 180˚, switch the format settings from portrait to landscape or vice versa.
Use the dropdown to select a unit of measurement for your document - in, cm, px, or pt. Switching your units will not change your document in any way - it will only change the measurements reflected in the rulers above and to the right of your canvas.
Adjust the content scale to change the percent of the canvas that your content is covering.
For example, if you have content that spans an entire page tile when the content scale is set to 100%, the content will grow to span four page tiles if you increase the content scale to 200%.
If you were to decrease the content scale from 100% to 50%, the content would shrink to cover just a quarter of the original page tile.
Note: If you increase the content scale when auto-tiling is disabled, the content will expand onto the grey space surrounding the original page tile.
Click to adjust the content scale of your document so that the contents of the open view fit onto a single page tile. This feature is useful for shrinking content onto a single printable page.
To show/hide the rulers above and to the right of your canvas, toggle the switch at the bottom of the page settings panel. You can also show/hide rulers in the "View" tab of the menu bar.
Click to access more color options, or click to match your page color to a color already on your canvas. You can also change the opacity of your background color, or click to access gradient and image options.
See the Style a Shape article for more information about color options and gradients in Lucidchart.
Note: Your selected background color will apply to every page tile in the view of your document that is currently open in the editor. It is not possible to apply background colors to individual tiles.
If you are planning on printing your document, you may want to add a margin to your page views to mark the limits of printed content. Show or hide your margin by toggling the switch in the “Margin” section of the page settings panel or by navigating to View > Margins > Show Margins. Your margin will appear as a light blue line around the border of each view of your document. You can adjust your margin’s width in the box in the page settings panel.
Note: Margin settings will apply to all page views of your document. Margin lines will not show up on downloaded or printed versions of your document.
Grids and Guides
Use grid and guide lines to facilitate crisp object arrangement. With the “Snap to Grid/Guides” features, you can force objects to adhere to these lines when you are moving the objects around on your canvas. You can adjust grid and guide settings in the page settings panel or in the “View” drop-down of the file menu. Read on to learn how to work with with grids and guides.
Note: Like margins, grid and guide settings will apply to all page views of your document, and the lines will not show up on downloaded or printed versions. Additionally, snap to grid is overridden if you right-click a shape and use the "arrange" or "align" options.
Show/hide grid lines: Toggle the “Grid” switch in the page settings panel or navigate to View > Grid > Show Grid.
Enable/disable snap to grid: Toggle the “Snap” switch in the page settings panel or navigate to View > Grid > Snap to Grid.
Adjust grid size: Adjust the distance between grid lines in the “Size” box in the page settings panel.
Add a guide: Right-click anywhere on the canvas and select “Create Horizontal Guide” or “Create Vertical Guide.” A light blue line will appear on the corresponding axis of your document.
Move a guide: Move guides manually by clicking and dragging.
Delete a guide: Right-click on a guide and select “Delete Horizontal/Vertical Guide.”
Show/hide guides: Toggle the “Guide” switch in the page settings panel or navigate to View > Guides > Show Guides.
Enable/disable snap to guides: Toggle the “Snap” switch in the page settings panel or navigate to View > Guides > Snap to Guides.
Clear guides: To remove all guides from your document, click (trash can) in the page settings panel or navigate to View > Guides > Clear Guides.
Lock guides: To prevent future movement of guides, navigate to View > Guides > Lock Guides.
You can see the zoom level of your document at any time at the bottom right of the editor. You can also adjust your zoom by toggling the arrows next to the percentage.
You can find the following zoom and view settings in the “View” tab of your menu bar:
Zoom to Content: Adjust zoom so that the full content of your document view is visible.
Zoom to Width: Adjust zoom so that the full width of one page tile is visible.
Zoom to Page: Adjust zoom so that a full page tile of your document is visible.
Reset Zoom: Return to your default zoom which you can set in your account settings.
Show Notes: When this is enabled, a small grey icon will appear in the top left corner of any object containing a comment. See Collaborate and Share for more information on commenting.
Show Comments: When this is enabled, a small yellow icon will appear in the top left corner of any object containing a comment. See Collaborate and Share for more information on commenting.
Show Rulers: Enable this option to display rulers on the top and left side of the editor. You can also toggle rulers on/off in the page settings panel.
Always Show Slides: When this is enabled, any presentation slides that you have added to your document will display on the canvas at all times. Otherwise, the slides will only appear when you have the slides panel open.
Enable or disable line connections in the page settings panel or in the “View” tab of the menu bar. When line connections are enabled, red connection points will appear around the objects on your canvas when you hover over or click on them. If you click on one of these points, a line will automatically be drawn from that shape. See the Work with Lines article for more information.
Enable or disable line jumps in the page settings panel or in the “Line Style” section of the properties bar. When line jumps are enabled, any line that overlaps with another line will form a small ridge at the point of overlap. Line jumps are useful if you are creating a document with many overlapping lines, as they will prevent confusion for viewers who are trying to follow the lines. See the Work with Lines article for more information.