• After starting Dia, you will get the following windows:

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  • The first time click on File/Preferences. You can fill in personal choices.

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  • It's recommended to set to default on Grid Lines the Visible and the Snap to options to make drawing easier. Finally click on Apply.

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To change Snap to option during diagram editing use the following icon:

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  • To populate your diagram click on File/New.
  • Use the main window to create an object or line. It consist of the following sections:

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Using a combination of these tools you can make any shape you desire.

  • Dia depends heavily on a menu on the right mouse button inside the diagram. That menu contains all the diagram-specific actions and a few other things, so you almost never have to find the menu on the toolbox.

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