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Using lines and arrows

Lines and arrows are great tools to highlight information or illustrate how ideas connect. They also help direct flow and add a nice element of design.

Adding lines and arrows

Lines and arrows colors come set according to a template’s theme. You can always change its color after adding the line or arrow to your presentation.

To add lines or arrows

1. Go to Insert > Arrows & lines... or click on the arrow icon in the property toolbar. You’ll see the right sidebar open.

2. Double-click or drag and drop the line or arrow that you’d like to insert.

3. You can now place the line or arrow where you want it on your presentation.

Editing lines and arrows

You can change the length, curvature, color, thickness of lines and arrows at any time.

Pro Tip: To select multiple lines and arrows, hold SHIFT and click. A rectangle will appear around the objects included in the selection.

To edit length

1. Click on the line or arrow to select it.

2. Drag an endpoint in or out to make it shorter or longer.

To add a curve

1. Click on the line or arrow to select it.

2. Drag the middle point to add a curve.

To change color

1. Click on the line or arrow to select it.

2. Click on the colored square in the context toolbar to bring up the color palette. You can choose from the preset theme or standard colors or add a customized color using its hexadecimal code or by selecting it from the color chooser.

3. Change the opacity if desired.

4. If you’ve changed the color but would like to return to the theme color, click Presets in the context toolbar and choose from the preset colors.

To change thickness

1. Click on the line or arrow to select it.

2. Click the icon to decrease or increase thickness.

Snapping

Snapping lines or arrows to objects helps organize your content and keep it connected even if you move the object. You can override snapping by holding down the CTRL/CMD key and moving the object.

To snap a line or arrow to an object

1. Add the arrow or line to the presentation. Click on it to select it.

2. Drag an endpoint to the object you’d like to snap on to. The object highlight with a blue square to indicate it will snap.

3. Once it snaps the line or arrow and object will stay connected even when one is moved.

If you’re looking for information on editing connectors, which are the lines that connect topics, please check out our article on structuring.

Deleting lines and arrows

To delete a line or arrow, simply click to select it and press BACKSPACE/DELETE on your keyboard. You can also right-click (CTRL/CMD+click) and selecting “delete” from the context menu.

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