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Text in shapes and containers

Is it possible to put text into "containers" or "shapes" or only into "flowchart" graphics?

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Thanks for reaching out in the community. We're always looking for ways to improve Lucidchart, and your feedback is the best way for us to do that. Would you mind adding your idea to our feature request form. This form allows our team to categorize like requests and bring them to our product team. What you can do as a work around is drag a text box to the shape that you want labeled > Add the text and position it as desired> Select both the shape and the text > Group them (control + G)(right click > group). Thanks for using our product!

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Hi Irving,

Containers are designed primarily for separating content, so you can't add text directly into the container. However, you can add a text inside of the container, which will allow you to add text. 

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You can also add text directly into any of our standard shapes by simply double clicking on the middle of the shape. 

Brett B 0 votes
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This doesn't quite work as expected.

When I move the container the shapes within it move as expected but it keeps leaving the text behind which is not quite right if I am trying to use the text to label the container.

What do I need to do to "associate" the text with the container.

Andre G 1 vote
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I discovered that, just like in Visio, if your Shape lacks a text field, you can drag a free-form Text object, enter your text, position it where you want it relative to your object, and then select both the shape and the text and "Group" them (right-click for the context menu).  Then they'll travel around together.

Keith W 0 votes
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I agree with Andre G. Text inside a magnetized container should move with the container like shapes. I should not have to take the extra steps to make a group. i chose a container shape to avoid this extra step. My frequent use case is using a text object to label a container. 

Bill D 1 vote
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Hi Bill,

Thanks for posting. Shapes should move along with the containers they are placed in. Are you using our "Container" shape library? If so, could you please fill out this form with the URL of the document you are struggling with?

Kristy P 0 votes
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The problem that Andrew G and I are mentioning is that a TEXT object inside a container does  NOT move with the magnetized container. Other types of shapes move with it just fine. Why not TEXT objects?

Bill D 0 votes
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Hi Bill,

Thanks for the response. Even TEXT objects should move with the container in both of our editors. Could you send in the URL of the document you are having troubles with so that I can take a closer look at the specific situation you are facing?

Kristy P 0 votes
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While experimenting to create a simple diagram to reproduce the problem I think I discovered that the text objects that were not moving with their containers must have one edge ~ 1 pixel outside the container. This situation becomes unclear when the edge/outline of the container is > 1 px and when the text object has no border. apparently when the object is on or inside the centerline of the edge of the container, it moves with it. thanks for the prompt to create a demo example.

Bill D 0 votes
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Hi Bill,

Thanks for the information! I will let our development team know! Containers may have intentionally been designed this way.

Kristy P 0 votes
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We're evaluating this product and we use Microsoft Azure as our cloud platform. We're searching for a decent web based product that allows us to focus on illustration of our business logic, not the intricate composition of shapes. Other tools have text/label built into their shapes and this is great because it saves time. However, the Azure shapes catalog doesn't. The designer of Azure based topology flow must add text labels manually, this doesn't make sense... To jwang's point, AWS has shape labels, why doesn't Azure shapes catalog have them too?  

Brandon 0 votes
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