Areas are a tool for grouping content on a mural inside of smart frames. You can guide collaborators and visitors through a mural from area to area to help them navigate. There are many potential uses for areas, so let's walk through all the ways you can use them.

What's the difference between an area and a framework?

An area is a simple box used for grouping objects. Frameworks are predefined, special areas, with lots of content already created inside them. To learn more about frameworks, check out Add frameworks.


Area toolbar

Click on an area to display the area toolbar.

Use the area toolbar to:

  • Move the area.

  • Zoom to the area.

  • Change the title font size.

  • Change the background color.

  • Change the border color.

  • Change the border thickness.

  • Choose a solid or dashed border.

  • Toggle the area title on or off.

  • Switch between free form or grid layout.

  • Absorb objects in front of or in back of the area.

Area contextual menu

When you right-click on an area (or Control + click, with a touchpad), a context menu is displayed.

With this menu, you can do the following for the area:

  • Show who added or edited this area

  • Get a link

  • Add a sticky note

  • Add a title

  • Add a comment

  • Bring to the front

  • Send to the back

  • Duplicate

  • Lock

  • Add to outline

  • Import Jira Issues into this area

  • Save to content library

  • Export area and contents

  • Edit (text)

  • Copy Area style

  • Delete

If you've set up MURAL integrations, you may also see action items for those integrations in a sticky note's menu.

Create a new area

Creating a new area is quick and easy. Once you have an area on the canvas, you can bring objects into it and customize the area's look and layout.

To create a blank new area:

  1. Right-click on the canvas and select Add area.

  2. Give the area a name.


  1. Click the Frameworks icon on the left sidebar.

  2. Choose either the Freeform area or Grid area, and drag them onto the canvas.

  3. Give the area a name.

Now you can drag objects into your new area to group them.

Group objects into a new area

If you've already got a bunch of objects on your canvas, you can group them into a new area all at once.

Note: Before grouping locked objects into a new area, you must unlock them first.

To group objects into a new area:

  1. Do one of the following:

    • Select individual objects: Hold Shift + click on each item to select it.

    • Select multiple objects at once: Hold Shift + click + drag to select more than one.

  2. Right-click on the objects and select Organize into area.

  3. Give the area a name.

Voila! Your objects are now contained in a brand-new area.

Absorb objects into an area

You can add objects to an area by using the area to absorb them (like a sponge).

To absorb objects into an area:

  1. Drag an area on top of objects you want to absorb.

  2. Click the Absorb button on the toolbar.

Now your area contains the objects you just absorbed. Neat!

Types of area layouts

There are two types of area layouts: free form layout and grid layout. You can switch between area layouts at any time using the area toolbar.

What's the difference?

  • Grid areas "snap" your content to an invisible grid, and will automatically expand or contract when objects are added or removed from the area.

  • Free form areas don’t expand or contract automatically and don’t use a grid. You’re free to move objects around inside a free form area. Click and drag the corners of a free form area to resize it.

Create an outline with areas

If you are a facilitator of your mural, areas are the perfect companion to the outline feature. (If you created the mural, you're automatically a facilitator.)

To add an area to the outline:

  1. Right-click on an area (Shift + click if using a touchpad).

  2. Select Add to outline.

  3. Give the outline step a name, or use the default.

Access the outline by clicking the outline icon (bulleted list) in the top right of the toolbar. When you click on a section of the outline, you're taken to the corresponding area in your mural. This makes navigating much easier!

There are additional benefits to using the outline and presentation mode. Learn more about them in How to use the outline.

Delete areas

You can delete an area and leave the content intact, or delete the area and everything in it.

To delete an area:

  1. Right-click on the area (Shift + click if using a touchpad).

  2. Select Delete.

  3. Choose to delete the Area only or the Area and content.


  1. Select the area.

  2. Press the Delete key.

  3. Choose to delete the Area only or the Area and content.

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