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How can I change the orientation of the start arrow to come from the top instead of coming from the left as it is its default behavior. Can anyone advice using as base the TikZ State Machine example:

    \documentclass{article}

    \usepackage{pgf}
    \usepackage{tikz}
    \usetikzlibrary{arrows,automata}
    \usepackage[latin1]{inputenc}
    \begin{document}
    \begin{tikzpicture}[->,>=stealth',shorten >=1pt,auto,node distance=2.8cm,
                        semithick]
      \tikzstyle{every state}=[fill=red,draw=none,text=white]

      \node[initial,state] (A)                    {$q_a$};
      \node[state]         (B) [above right of=A] {$q_b$};
      \node[state]         (D) [below right of=A] {$q_d$};
      \node[state]         (C) [below right of=B] {$q_c$};
      \node[state]         (E) [below of=D]       {$q_e$};

      \path (A) edge              node {0,1,L} (B)
                edge              node {1,1,R} (C)
            (B) edge [loop above] node {1,1,L} (B)
                edge              node {0,1,L} (C)
            (C) edge              node {0,1,L} (D)
                edge [bend left]  node {1,0,R} (E)
            (D) edge [loop below] node {1,1,R} (D)
                edge              node {0,1,R} (A)
            (E) edge [bend left]  node {1,0,R} (A);
    \end{tikzpicture}

    \end{document} 
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Use initial above instead of initial. This is explained in section "24.3 Initial and Accepting States" of the manual. –  Jake Aug 29 '12 at 16:05
    
that's the solution, please answer I will accept. –  Giovanni Azua Aug 29 '12 at 16:10
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You can change the orientation of the initial state by using initial above (or initial below, initial left or initial right).

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