Diagram Tips: Styling Text and Links

True story: A few weeks ago, we had a meeting to introduce one of the newest members of the Gliffy team to the Gliffy Confluence Plugin. And as Eric demonstrated the HTML viewer for the Gliffy Confluence Plugin, Ron called out, “Wait, you mean you can add web links to Gliffy diagrams? Why don’t more of our users know about this??”

So now you know: Whether you’re using Gliffy Online or one of our Gliffy Plugins, you can add live links to your Gliffy diagrams. And that’s just one of the ways you can format text. Click on any shape or text box, then open up the Text tab on your style menu, and you’ll get a range of options for text styling.

dialog_text properties

The menu will look slightly different in the HTML5 and Flash version of the Gliffy editor, but all of your options will be the same.

Font options
First, you can change the family and size of your font. Sans-serif fonts like Arial, Helvetica, and Verdana are clean and easy to read on the Web. Times, a classic serif font, is a little more formal. And Courier, a monospace font, is great for technical notation and code.

Formatting options
First you get the basics: Bold, Italic, Underline. Gliffy also lets you set the alignment of text within symbols.

Of course the best part is that you can change the color of your text. Changing colors can be fun, but make sure that legibility is your #1 priority: Use light text colors on dark backgrounds and dark colors on light backgrounds.

Finally, linking!
In Gliffy, you can turn any character, word, or phrase into an active hyperlink:

  1. Double-click the shape to edit the text.
  2. Highlight the portion you would like to make into a link and then click the Edit Text Properties button to open the Edit dialog box.
  3. Click the Insert / Edit Link icon.
  4. Enter the destination URL.

That’s all there is to it! You can even link several words in the same shape to different destination URLs. And, if you are a Confluence user, these links will be clickable when the diagram appears on the page.