Diagramming and Mapping with MURAL

MURAL makes diagramming and mapping intuitive, quick, and collaborative. Easily create polished, professional diagrams and maps as a stand alone resource or as part of a broader, collaborative project.

Enable Connector Points

Create a diagram or map at the speed of thought by enabling connector points.

You can enable connector points with a toggle from the Shapes and connectors area of the sidebar in a mural. Once toggled on, any object you click on will show the connector points. When you hover over the connector points, you’ll see a preview of the next object. Simply click to add.

Sometimes, MURAL will recommend a connection to a nearby object. Click to create the connection. Or, click and drag the to create the desired line and choose the desired object.

If you click and drag from one of the connector points, you can connect to a nearby object or create a new object after releasing.

Draw a Connector with the “C” Key Shortcut

You can easily add connectors to objects with the “C” key shortcut. Press and hold the “C” key, then you can click to create a new connector or click and drag to create a line to your exact needs. MURAL will allow you to choose what type of object to add at the end of that connector.

Pro tip: you can double click on any connector tip to create an object connected to that line or arrow.

Create hierarchies and more with elbow connectors

You can quickly create hierarchies or parent-child relationships in a diagram with the use of elbow connectors (orthogonal connectors). When adding new connectors to an object, it will add the same type as previously added. You can switch between straight, curved, and elbow connectors by selecting a connector and choosing a new type in the object toolbar.

To create a hierarchy when connector points are enabled, simply go back to the parent object and click on the connector point. A new child object with an elbow connector will be added.

Learn more about connectors, lines, and arrows here.

Bulk edit objects with filter by type

You can quickly edit objects in bulk by selecting a group of objects and then choosing "filter by type" in the toolbar. From there you can choose to just filter your selection down to a certain type of object such as the connectors. For example, you could edit all of the connectors in your selection at once and change them all from solid to dotted lines.

Quickly switch between different shapes, sticky notes, and text boxes

Select one or a group of the same objects and you can switch that object to another from the toolbar.

To get a head start on diagramming and mapping, check out the various templates available at mural.co/templates.

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