How to add text to a line

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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?

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Monika G
Lucid Manager

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. :-)

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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

Ric

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Carson G
Lucid Manager

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? 

 

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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. 

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Andrew D
Lucid Manager

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!

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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.

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Abby S
Lucid Manager

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!

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Hi,

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

 

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Megan W
Lucid Manager

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!

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Hello, can the text be the direction of the line? Instead of simply horizontal?

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Megan W
Lucid Manager

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.

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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.

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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?

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Annika W.
Lucid Manager

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!