I need to introduce line breaks into the label of a node. This is what I've tried so far, but none of it worked:


\node[node, label={[split parts = 4]alpha \nodepart{two} bravo \nodepart{three} charlie nodepart{four} delta }, below of = 5] (8) {$8$};


\node[node, label={alpha\\bravo\\charlie\\delta}] below of = 5] (8) {$8$};


\node[node, label={alpha \newline bravo \newline charlie \newline delta}] below of = 5] (8) {$8$};

All of those approaches are fairly similar. I found solutions on line breaks inside nodes, and on labels on edges, but not in labels of nodes.

In fact, I've tried the suggestions I found on labels of nodes, but it didn't work as well.

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    Could you please compose a minimal compilable example? The code snippets are more confusing than helpful, because they've got quite a few syntax errors and depend on things not commonly defined (what's the node style? Why do you have below of=5 in there?)
    – Jake
    Feb 1, 2013 at 17:54
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    \node[align=center]{line1\\line2\\...}; (also align=left and align=right). Feb 1, 2013 at 17:55
  • @SašoŽivanović Yep, figured it out with the answer by Jake.
    – polemon
    Feb 1, 2013 at 18:20

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A label is just like any other node, so you have to specify the align of the label before the manual line breaks work, using \node [label={[align=left]<label text\\with line breaks>}] {<node text>}. Alternatively (again, like with any other node), you can specify the text width of the label, that way manual line breaks will work and the text will wrap automatically after the specified text width.


\node [draw, label={[align=left]First\\Second}] {Node};
  • Thanks! For some reason it only worked when I have the [align=left] setting in it. If I leave that one out, it's not working :S
    – polemon
    Feb 1, 2013 at 18:19
  • @polemon: Yes, that's what I meant with "you have to specify the align of the label before the manual line breaks work"
    – Jake
    Feb 1, 2013 at 18:22
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    @Jake, you could also add that specifying a specific node text width enables the linebreak as well: \node[text width=<x>cm] {Text\\is\\here!};. However, this also does "automatic" line breaks.
    – nickpapior
    Feb 1, 2013 at 22:39
  • @zeroth: Yup, I'll put it in. We really need a "canonical" question and answer for this, it pops up so many times and there are quite a few with really misleading answers.
    – Jake
    Feb 1, 2013 at 22:41
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    Along with[remember picture,overlay,shift={(current page.center)}] and label=below:{[align=left]...} I find that "[align=left]" actually appears alongside the rest of the text.
    – user4417
    Jan 22, 2016 at 13:21

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