Introduction to OmniGraffle 4
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Navigating in OmniGraffle

Creating a new diagram

Adding text

Changing the background color

Changing stencil colors

Adding a hyperlink

Using your OmniGraffle diagram

Other types of OmniGraffle Drawings

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Navigating in OmniGraffle

Let’s take a moment to get familiar with the OmniGraffle interface (Figure 1).

Figure 1

A: At the very top of the screen is your menu.

B: Below the menu, but above your document you'll see the tool palette. If you hover your cursor over each of the tools you will get a description of what that tool does.

C: Below the tool palette is your document. The default document fits on an 8 ½ by 11 sheet of paper. If you know you will be printing on a different size of paper you should change your settings now (Select “File,” “Page Set Up,” then “Paper Size”) since OmniGraffle does not provide automatic resizing and the guesswork can be frustrating and is not covered in this tutorial. 

D: At the top of the screen and to the right of the document you'll see the stencil palette. The default stencils are called “basic.” To explore the other available stencils select the arrows to the right of the word "basic" and scroll up and down.

Note: If the stencil palette doesn’t open automatically, or if you close it, you can open it by selecting “Stencils” from the menu at the top of the screen and then selecting the stencil palette you would like to open.

E: Below the stencil palette you'll see the inspector palettes: Style, Properties, and Canvas. They are locked together, but you'll see each has a grey arrow allowing you to collapse or expand it. They can also be separated.

Note: If the inspector palettes don’t open automatically, or if you close them, you can open them by selecting “Inspectors” from the menu at the top of your screen, then selecting “Show Inspectors.”


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