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How do you use TikZ efficiently in Lyx? I understand I have to go to Insert->Tex code, which opens a box where I can type actual Tex code. But it's really difficult, there is no indentation, everything I type is in one color only. (Note: I'm using Lyx on Mac) Is there any easier way to do this?

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    why no indentation? Tab does not work for you? If you're referring to pasting, make sure you do Edit > Paste Special > Plain Text – scottkosty Nov 6 '15 at 2:10
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Write your tikzpicture in a separate plain text file, then include it in your LyX document, using the menu item Insert | File | Child Document.

You have to make sure that you use the Include type: Input here.

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  • Isn't there a tikz GUI editor on Lyx?. Working directly, without importing is very important, specially when dealing with diagrams, you may need to connect some parts of your already made content. – skan Nov 14 '17 at 12:20
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You could use a Latex editor and copy paste the code once you're done. Or use a Latex editor, save file and import it to lyx. lyx is supposed to be a text editor, somewhat like MS word, and indeed using ERT is not fun.

btw, you can use ctrl+L to open the ERT box

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