Change the layout of shapes and connectors

 

 

Change the layout of shapes and connectors


You can drag shapes and connectors to move them to the required position in a model. NVivo also provides automatic layout options that can be a useful starting point for laying out your model.

What do you want to do?


 


Move shapes and connectors

Shapes and their connectors move together. If you drag a shape to a new location its connector will follow. You cannot move a connector on its own.

  1. Make sure you are in edit mode.
  2. Click the required shape. To select multiple shapes, select the first shape, then press and hold CTRL while you select the other shapes.
  3. Drag the selected shape to a new location.

Any connectors to the shape will extend to the new location.

ic_top_of_page.gifTop of Page

Understand automatic layout options

NVivo provides automatic layout options that can be a useful starting point for laying out your model—experiment with the layout options to find one that suits you.

Layout Description

Example

Circular    Arrange items in a circular layout.

ui_model_layout_circular.gif

Directed Arrange items in force-directed layout—this is the calculated 'best fit' for the physical space (all edges are of more or less equal length and there are as few crossing edges as possible).

ui_model_layout_directed.gif

Hierarchical   Arrange items in a hierarchy.

ui_model_layout_hierarchical.gif

Orthogonal Arrange items in a right-angled layout.

ui_model_layout_orthogonal.gif

ic_top_of_page.gifTop of Page

Apply an automatic layout to a model

  1. Make sure you are in edit mode.

  2. In the Model tab, in the Display group, click Layout.

rn_model_display.gif

The Model Layout dialog box opens.

  1. In the Layout list, select the layout you want to apply.

  2. (Optional) Set a minimum length for connectors in the model. This determines the distance between items in the model.

  3. Click OK.

NOTE You can set a default model layout for all new projects. Refer to Set application options (Models tab options) for more information.

ic_top_of_page.gifTop of Page