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Manual/automatic line breaks and text alignment in TikZ nodes

How can I insert a line break in a TikZ node? Simply putting \\ where I want the break doesn't work (see MWE). Is there a way to make lines break automatically at some specified width? And can I ...
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TikZ set node label position more precisely

This seems like it should be really easy but I can't seem to find it anywhere... I'd like to be able to fine-tune the positioning of a node label. I'm aware of the \node[label=above/below/etc:{label}...
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Difference between “right of=” and “right=of” in PGF/TikZ

In the PGF/TikZ manual, sometimes I see the option right of=somenode instead of right=of somenode. They look very similar, but the effects are different. The distance between nodes positioned with ...
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How to change the size of nodes?

How is it possible to change the size of a node, for example: \begin{tikzpicture} \draw node[fill,circle]{} (0,0);% \end{tikzpicture} How to make the circle smaller or larger?
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Adjusting font size with TikZ picture

Taking from the PGF manual, \begin{tikzpicture} \draw [help lines] (0,0) grid (3,3); \coordinate (a) at (rnd,rnd); \coordinate (b) at (3-rnd,3-rnd); \draw (a) -- (b); \node (c) at (1,2) {x};...
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Tikz: Multi-line text in the node description [duplicate]

I use tikz to create pictures in latex. My picture consists of set of nodes. Every node has its own text inside the node, for example, "This node is valuable": \node (mynode) [mystyle,right=of ...
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TikZ: difference between \node and \coordinate?

What is the difference between \node and \coordinate in TikZ? Exchanging them does no visual effect in my (to be honest: still simple) pictures. When to use what?
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How to center one node exactly between two others with TikZ?

How can I center a TikZ node exactly between two others? Hypothetically, \node (a) {a} \node (c) [right of=c] {c} \node (b) [between={a,c}] {b}
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Increase the thickness of node border in TikZ

Suppose I have a node in the shape of a circle. How can I make its border thicker? \node[circle, draw=blue!80, inner sep=0pt, minimum size=12pt] (1) at (0,0) {1};
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How to place label in middle of line (above and below) with TikZ

\fbox{ \begin{tikzpicture}[scale=1,auto=center] \node[circle,fill=gray!20] (n1) at (2,8) {Node A}; \node[circle,fill=gray!20] (n2) at (8,8) {Node B}; \foreach \from/\to in {n1/n2} \draw (\from)...
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Tikz - How to Draw Boxes Around Set of Nodes

How to draw the boxes as shown in the attached image? I could only manage to draw the chart but could not highlight the desired node / nodes with a rectangle box. Preferably dotted. I could not draw ...
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How to increase the horizontal distance between nodes?

I've got this Tikz picture and I'd like to increase the horizontal distance between the nodes while keeping the vertical distance unchanged. I know how to do it by placing the nodes manually using ...
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Add more anchors to standard TikZ nodes

I frequently find myself needing more than the standard anchors TikZ nodes provide, i.e. north, north east, east and so forth. I usually use coordinate calculations for this, as in the example below, ...
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TikZ: Bend text so that it follows a line

I have two arrows going from a node on the left to a node on the right. Both arrows are slightly bent. I want to label the arrows with text that is bent just like the arrows. This is as far as I've ...
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Comprehensive list of TikZ style options?

I'm aware that one can use \tikzstyle{every label}=[...] to apply styles to every label within a tikzpicture; or \tikzset{mystyle/.style={...}} to apply style specs to a specific type of node mystyle (...
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Draw edges and paths in the background of nodes in TikZ

Is it possible to draw edges or paths in the background of nodes independently of whether they are constructed before or after the nodes are defined? In the following example, the \draw instruction ...
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Creating node shapes

I am currently learning how to use TikZ/PGF to make some figures for a project report, and so I have a question: Is there is a practical way of making a particular object into a node? The object I ...
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How to set exact radius for a node?

I have a bunch of nodes and would like to size them so that their areas represent some numbers I have (so that if I have two nodes with corresponding values 1 and 2, then the second node's area should ...
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How to place a textnode at the center of a drawn rectangle

A rectangle label does not appear inside the rectangle but on the corner of it. \tikzstyle{every node} = [align=center] \begin{tikzpicture} \draw (0, 0) rectangle (2, 2) node [center] {label}...
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TikZ: Using Loop to Draw Grid of Nodes

I am trying to draw an Ising model (in my case, a grid of nodes with an undirected edge between adjacent nodes on the same row or column) using TikZ. I have the grid of nodes working nicely using a ...
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How can I know if a node is already defined?

I think I've seen this question before, but I can't find it. The problem is simple; before I assign a name to a node I would like to know if the name is already used. I think when a node is created \...
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Package PGF Math Error: Unknown operator `o' or `of'

I am getting a unhelpful error while trying to place a node above another node using the below= syntax. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \node[] (node1)...
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TikZ: text along path as node

I'm using the decorations library to put bended text along a path. That works fine. However, I'd like to have the bended text as a node, so that I can later use it as a reference (for instance to draw ...
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Nested TikZ nodes

This isn’t the first time this question was asked but the other solutions don’t work in my case. Consider the following image: It was created using this code: \begin{tikzpicture}[ node distance=...
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How to place a node in the middle of an arc?

I think it is a simple question, but I didn't find the answer yet. The code I'm using is the following: \draw[->](1,0) arc(0:-30:1) node[midway]{$30$}; But in this way the node is placed at the ...
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Node shapes in TikZ

I want to draw a block diagram for a software app and I need two shapes which I couldn't find on the Internet. The shapes are a parallelogram and a rectangle with double side margins. One is for data ...
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Draw a graph in Latex with Tikz

I am interested in outputting this graph in latex using tikz: So far I got this: and my tikz code is \begin{tikzpicture} \node[shape=circle,draw=black] (A) at (0,0) {A}; \node[shape=...
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How to align text in TikZ nodes by baseline?

I need to draw a graph where some nodes have the same y-coordinate. I want the text within the nodes on the same y-coordinate to be baseline-aligned. However, the text seems to be aligned by the ...
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How to add a node in the middle of the line with tikz?

actually it's an easy question, but I could find an answer with Google or the included search on StackExchange ;) How do I add in the middle of the line a node with Tikz? I want somethink like this: ...
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Fancy arrows with TikZ

I would like to draw an arrow like this using TikZ: This is taken from Workflow diagram. I didn't succeed in reproducing the arrow; is somewhat beyond my (extremely limited) TikZ abilities. I don't ...
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Tikz: purely vertical arrow from nodeA.south to nodeB.north

I have the following tikz code % compilation command: pdflatex --jobname=Diag-f1 Diag.tex \documentclass{book} \usepackage{tikz} \pgfrealjobname{Diag} \begin{document} \beginpgfgraphicnamed{Diag-f1} \...
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Meaning of bend right or left in TikZ?

The following code actually comes from the PGF manual. It works fine, but I have a difficult time in understanding it (I'm new to TikZ) \documentclass{article} % say \usepackage{tikz} \...
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How can I set the TikZ label anchor explicitly?

I want to add a label to a node, but "inside" the node. Something like this: The manual seems to indicate it might be possible, although no actual key is named. The ... anchor point for the label ...
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Put a node behind another in a TikZ diagram

I want to place a node, that is kind of a note, behind another node. However, I need to put the reference node before the note, so I can place the note in a relative position to the reference node. So,...
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TikZ picture shapes

I am very new to the TikZ package, and I need to draw some flow chars by using the following shapes. However I couldn't figure out how to draw the 4th and and 6th ones below. It would be very nice (...
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How can I align two nodes to the left in TikZ?

I have two unaligned nodes |AAAAAAA| |B| and I want to have the node with the B aligned to the left of the node with AAAs and below it |AAAAAAA| |B| How can this be done?
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Is it possible to set a maximum node width in TikZ

I would like these two nodes to be the same size -- the size of the smaller one. In essence I'd like to be able to set maximum size=6mm but there is no such option. How can I do this? \documentclass[...
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How to use “fit” to frame the nodes and labels

I'm using the fit TikZ library to fit a rectangle around two nodes which include labels. However, the rectangle is only fit around the actual nodes, not about their labels: \documentclass{article} \...
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Defining a new environment whose contents go in a TikZ node

I would like to define an environment which typesets the contents in a box, and I'd like to use TikZ (I'm aware of alternatives like fancybox). So I would like something like \newenvironment{abox}% ...
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How to introduce a line break in a TikZ node label? [duplicate]

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: 1: \node[node, label={[split parts = 4]alpha \nodepart{two} bravo \nodepart{three} ...
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Placing nodes along an ellipse in TikZ

Is anybody aware of a simple way to place nodes at arbitrary positions along an ellipse? Ideally I would want to mimic notation like \draw (0,0) ellipse [ x radius=2, y radius = 1] node[pos=.3] {...
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Highlight a group of nodes in a tikz tree

To make it simple, I want to highlight a group of tikz nodes like in the following picture It was borrowed from the JLatexEditor. I would like to know which Tikz commands I can use to do the job in ...
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Draw a node as a square with TikZ

I googled but cannot find a solution. Is that possible to draw a node with TikZ which will be a square and NOT a rectangle of arbitrary proportions? Minimum working example can be something like this:...
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How to modify nodes in TikZ to automatically add a line on their top?

In TikZ there is the very flexible node system. As a beginner I am still stumbling over a few details. How can I modify a node or create my own nodes easily? As an example I need a node with a thick ...
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Accessing the logic values of a TikZ coordinate

In TikZ accessing the coordinate values of a node can be done using the let syntax of the calc library or using the PGF command \pgfpointanchor. However, this values are dimensions/lengths in points ...
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Creating a node fitting the horizontal width of two other nodes

I have the two PGF nodes foo and bar positioned in a row. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{positioning} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture}[node distance=0.2cm,mynode/....
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TikZ - multi-color double circle node

How do I draw a node with a double circle shape where one circle has a different color than the other circle? A single \node[whatever] {content} would be nice!
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TikZ Nodes not exactly centered

In my solution to draw a plot with point, it was pointed out that the nodes containing \textbullet and $\circ$ were not placed exactly centered at the specified point. I found this hard to believe ...
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Change node distance for particular nodes

How do you change the node distance to the left for a \node[state] (q4) [below left of=q3] {$homing$}; Ok, it's a little bit on the left, but I want it to move it more to the left. How ...
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Node positioning relative to 2 other nodes

I'm wanting to align/position a node relative to 2 others. Basically I'd like everything to be in rows and columns (whose is determined by the largest member). In this specific instance, I'd like node ...

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