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How to add text to a line

I want to have a word or two between a line. How do I add text in a line?

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Hi Sid, 

Thanks for reaching out! Simply double click on the line to add text. A text field will then appear that you can edit and move around along the line. 

Let us know if you have any more questions—we are here to help!

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After a double click on the line, text field does appear.  However it only holds 4 characters at 8 pt.  How can the text field be lengthened?

fredericksunderman 0 votes
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Hi there - You should be able to type more than 4 characters into the textbox on the line. Would you mind filling out this form with the URL of the document? Please point us in the direction of the line that you'd like to add text to too. That way, we can take a closer look. :-)

Monika G 0 votes
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I also am trying to add text.  But double clicking does not work. ?  I keep having to retype the whole thing if a change is needed

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Richard K 0 votes
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Hi Richard,

Thank you for posting! I've attached a gif of the functionality for inserting text into lines. Is this not what you're experiencing? 

 

Carson G 0 votes
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the double click works for me, but I prefer to be able to already start typing when the line is selected. draw.io has that feature, it's very convenient. 

Peter Z 0 votes
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Hi Peter,

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. Thanks again for your request!

Andrew D 0 votes
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OK. When I double-click on a new line, the text block locks to the arrowhead on my line, and I can't seem to drag it to the the center of the line segment where I want it without dragging the arrowhead (endpoint) around. Help, please.

Brian D 0 votes
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Hi Brian,

Thanks for reaching out to the Lucid community. To counteract this trouble, you may want to try lengthening your line, or simply single clicking to reveal the small blue box that is the control point of the center of the line, and then moving the line using that. If neither of these options help, please send a video or screenshot of the issue you are seeing. Thank you!

Abby S 0 votes
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Support Manager, really you don't understand or can't reproduce the problem Brian described? You need a video? I am using this app for the first time, and simply try to have lines with text and it is all over the place. It took me about 20 seconds from when trying to do this to run into all sorts of problems. When changing the size of the line the text just attaches itself to the left side of the line and it is no longer movable (in most cases). 

Also, sometimes the lines snap to another object and i have no way of moving them again (other than deleting). Well I tried again and it seems the lines are not drag-able at all right now.

There are clearly tons of problems with the lines/arrows and text...... A bit annoying

Rolf W 0 votes
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Hey Rolf, thanks for the post. What you've described is not intended behavior so we're not able to reproduce on our end.

In order for us to troubleshoot and diagnose the issue, can you please contact us here with as much information as you can (ie screen recordings, operating system, doc url, etc.)? Thanks!

Megan W 0 votes
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Hi,

Is there a way to split the line text into multiple rows. Thanks

 

bharg005 0 votes
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You should be able to use Shift+Enter to split the line text into multiple rows. Let me know if that doesn't do the trick!

Megan W 0 votes
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Hello, can the text be the direction of the line? Instead of simply horizontal?

Shane B 0 votes
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Hey Shane, there currently is not a way to change the direction of the line. However, you can use rotate a text shape or text block and add it to the line. I understand this is not ideal, so please feel free to submit this idea in our feature request form if this is something you'd like to see in the product.

Megan W 0 votes
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Hi, I am trying to add a second line to the text field on the line, however, when I press Shift + Enter, the cursor goes to the front of the line I have already written and types over the initial text.

This is only occurring on one chart with multiple tabs. The rest of my charts do not have this issue.

Is there a setting I need to change that enables/disables multiple line text?

Tim P 0 votes
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Hi Tim,

Thanks for posting in the Lucidchart community! It sounds like this is a document-specific issue. To help us take a closer look, would you mind submitting a support reuqest here with the following information?

  • A screenshot of the issue.
  • The URL to your document.
  • A screenshot of the associated Javascript Console output after reproducing the issue. You can open your Javascript Console by pressing Ctrl+Shift+J (if your computer is a Windows/Linux) OR Cmd+Opt+J (if your computer is a Mac).

If you have any additional questions, you can include them in the request as well. Thanks! If this issue is not document-specific, we'll post on this thread with an update!

Chase V 0 votes
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I am creating a chart that shows the relationship of people in one box to people in several boxes. I d create the box for each person in a different color and addd a line down and to the right in the same color as the box. As the line passes beneath different colored boxes to the right, I add text to show the numerical value of the relationship in the same color as the box above. When more people are added tot the chart, I have to lengthen the lines and when I do, the text, of course, moves with the line. Having colored text helps me to move the text back to where it belongs but I would really like it if there were a way to prevent the text from moving.

Jane B 0 votes
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Carson G

I am not understanding how the GIF is demonstrating how to type more than 4 characters.  Clearly, you are typing more than 4 characters in a single line of text.  However, I am having the problem described above:  double click on the connector line, begin typing, on the fourth character - the text line breaks to a new line.  What determines or sets the default parameter for connector line text string? In the GIF, you simply type, close, reopen the box to edit, and it appears to magically allow for more than four characters.  This is not happening for me.

1) is there a connector line setting?

2) is there a connector line text setting?

3) does the container/shape matter?

4) Does the distance between shapes matter?

5) can use of template be related to connector line text settings?

Wesley H 0 votes
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Hi Wesley, 

Thanks for following up on this. I am unable to reproduce an instance where the text line breaks into a new line. Can you please provide a screenshot of an instance where it is occurring for you so we can deduce the circumstances that way? 

Thanks!

Annika W. 0 votes
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