How can I draw nodes horizontally listed next to each other but with two nodes vertically listed as in the figure.

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\tikzstyle{block} = [rectangle, draw, fill=blue!20, text width=4.5em, text centered, rounded corners, minimum height=2.5em, font=\footnotesize, fill opacity=0.3, text opacity=1]

\begin{tikzpicture}[node distance=0.5cm]
    \node [block] (a1) {A1};

    \node [block, right=of a1] (a2) {A2};
    \node [block, right=of a2] (a3) {A3};
    \node [block, right=of a3] (a4) {A4};

  • Note that \tikzstyle is deprecated.
    – cfr
    Jun 8, 2016 at 23:37

1 Answer 1


You can use above right or below right as a possible parameter for node.

For instance:

\node [block, above right=of a1] (a2) {A2};

You can also use seperate distances for above or right:

\node [block, above right=2cm and 1cm of a1] (a2) {A2};

To recreate your image example, you'd use:

\node [block, right=of a1] (a2) {A2};
\node [block, above right=of a2] (a3) {A3};
\node [block, below right=of a2] (a3b) {A3b};
\node [block, below right=of a3] (a4) {A4};

Output of above LaTeX code

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