I'd like to provide more detailed info to shapes in my flow charts on draw.io similar to applying info to shapes in Visio. Is this possible or a possibility in the future?

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Select a shape and on the menu navigate to EditEdit Data. That brings up a dialog that allows you to insert arbitrary key/value pairs of information. That information is displayed when you hover on a shape to see the tooltip.

  • Thank you. That was very helpful. I was hoping the information assigned to the object would carry over to the html output available but it is not. I would like to embed the charts in a webpage and allow the cursor hover to bring up a note displaying info assigned. I guess I'll try an alternate means.
    – cbilliau
    Apr 25, 2014 at 15:38
  • That's probably a bug if the embedded version tooltip is different, I'll add an issue. Apr 25, 2014 at 16:43
  • Thanks. Its a great product and I'm turning a lot of heads where I work with it's ease of use, flexibility, and visual display.
    – cbilliau
    Apr 25, 2014 at 16:57

Once you have assigned the metadata key/value pairs, you can display them on the shapes using %keyname%.

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