Objects are like the building blocks in your murals. They are the items you’ll add and modify to build out and personalize your murals. Objects include sticky notes, images, icons, tables, and more.

This article covers the different types of objects in MURAL and some universal steps to format and modify them. Each type of object has its own object-specific actions.


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Different kinds of objects in MURAL

The left sidebar houses the different object types:

Here are the object types, as well as links to the corresponding article for each:

Object-specific article

Description

Sticky notes

Create, add tags to, and even draw on sticky notes!

Titles and text boxes

Organize your murals and create headings, short text, and longer bodies of text.

Connectors

Use connectors to link together brilliant ideas and concepts and easily create flowcharts, mind maps, org charts, and more.

Shapes

Use shapes to add life to your murals and make flowcharting and diagramming simple and straightforward.

Icons

Icons can help audiences to better appreciate and follow your presentation flow.

Images

Add stock photos or GIFs to boost your audience engagement with visual content.

Frameworks

Get started quickly and organize your thoughts better with frameworks: pre-set methods and activities that you can plug into your murals.

Tables

Tables let you add, merge, and remove columns and rows, as well as format the table design. Plus, you can add content like sticky notes, links, images, and more to your custom table.


Format objects with the toolbar

There are many ways that you can work with objects to create the murals of your dreams (or just to get stuff done!).

Example object toolbar for sticky notes:

All objects have their own toolbar, specific to the options available to that object. For example, if an object has text, you’ll have the ability to edit the text and change its color. However, there are some actions that are universal to most objects such as:

  • Move object.

  • Zoom to object.

  • Lock object.

  • Change color.

  • Format text (for sticky notes, titles and text boxes, shapes, etc).

  • Add a border.

  • Add a link.

  • Switch object type.

Note: Some options are object-specific. You can view object-specific toolbars in the specific object articles above.


Modify objects with the pop-up context menu

Here's an example of a context menu and its options. You can access the context menu by right-clicking on an object or the canvas or with Control + click (useful if you have a touchpad).

With this menu, you can do the following for an object:

  • Show info.

  • Get a link.

  • Add a sticky note.

  • Add a title.

  • Add a comment.

  • Bring to the front.

  • Send to the back.

  • Duplicate.

  • Lock/unlock.

  • Save to content library.

  • Edit (text).

  • Copy object style.

  • Paste object style.

  • Copy as text.

  • Download CSV file.

  • Delete.

If you've set up MURAL integrations, you may also see action items for those integrations in an object’s menu.

Note: Some options are object-specific. You can view object-specific context menus in the specific object articles above.


Move objects

There are two ways to move an object. You can:

  • Click on the object and drag it where you want to move it.

  • Click on the object, select the move icon in the toolbar, and drag.

You can also move objects with the arrow keys while the object is selected.


Select multiple objects and group them together.

Selecting and grouping objects together lets you efficiently edit multiple objects at the same time. You can select multiple objects in two ways:

  • Hold down Shift + click + drag over the objects.

  • Hold Shift + click on the objects you want to select.

Once you select multiple objects, you can easily group them together in one of two ways:

  • Control + G (Command + G on Mac).

  • Right-click and select the Group option in the contextual menu.

Note: Areas and frameworks cannot be grouped.


Rotate objects

You can easily pivot and rotate an object from all sides.

To rotate an object:

  1. Click on the object.

  2. Hover the cursor over any corner of the object.

  3. Click the rotate icon and pivot the object.


Resize objects

Resizing an object is instantaneous!

To resize an object:

  1. Hover your cursor over any corner of the object.

  2. Drag from any corner to change the size.

You can also select multiple objects with Shift + drag and drag along one of the corners of the selection.

Notes:

  • Text boxes are the only object that can be resized using the right or left border. All other objects can only be resized by the corners.

  • Hold down the Shift key while resizing certain objects such as areas or shapes to keep the same dimensions.


Zoom in to an object

Want to focus on one particular sticky note or image? Get there quickly by learning how to zoom in on an object.

To zoom to an object:

  1. Select the object you’d like to zoom in to.

  2. Click the Zoom to object icon in the toolbar.


Bulk edit objects of the same type

You can easily select only objects of a certain type. Simply select a group of various objects and then choose the type of object to filter by from the toolbar. Then, you can edit all of the selected objects at once.

To bulk edit objects:

  1. Select multiple objects with Shift + click + drag.

  2. Click Filter by type icon in the toolbar.

  3. Choose the type of object you want to select.


Copy formatting and apply it to other objects

You can copy the formatting from one object, such as a sticky note, shape, connector, or text box, and apply it to another object or group of objects of the same style.

To copy and apply formatting style to other objects:

  1. Right-click or Control + click (Command + click on a Mac) on any object to open the context menu.

  2. Select Copy [object] style.

  3. Select another object or group of objects of the same type.

  4. Right-click or Control + click (Command + click on a Mac) your selection to open the context menu.

  5. Select Paste [object] style.

Note: Object size or the text content will not be copied over between shapes.


See who created and last modified an object

Whether you’re just feeling curious, or need to find out for a specific reason, you can always see the information about an object.

All you have to do is right-click or Control + click (Command + click on a Mac) on the object and select Show info.

Here you’ll see who created the object and who was the last person to edit it.

Note: The find feature can also be used to see who created an object.

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