Think Bigger From EdrawMax User Guide


Launching a new file sets the stage for diagram creation, empowering you to effectively communicate your ideas through visual means. The “New” feature provides a fresh workspace where you can begin laying out the elements of your diagram.

Step 1: Click + New on the upper-left navigation pane.

Step 2: In the New section, click + Blank Drawing to start from a blank canvas. If you have a specific diagram type in mind, select it from the available options. It will provide a starting point and access to relevant shapes and symbols from the built-in More Symbols library.

Step 3: Create a diagram by adding shapes, symbols, and other project details.

create new blank drawing


Experience the ease and efficiency of AI-powered features like AI Chat, AI Drawing, and AI Diagramming, all seamlessly integrated into the EdrawMax Home page.

Step 1: On the Home page, go to Edraw AI in the top navigation pane.

Step 2: Select an AI feature depending on your needs. Get help with your projects from popular AI features like AI Chat if you need answers related to your projects or AI Drawing to create images based on text prompts.

popular edraw ai features


Step 3: Scroll down to discover more AI features like AI Diagram Analysis and AI Document Analysis. They offer advanced capabilities for extracting deeper insights from your data and documents.

edraw ai features for diagramming


Opening existing diagram files empowers you to pick up where you left off effortlessly, ensuring seamless project continuation and enhanced efficiency.

Step 1: Click Open in the left-side navigation pane.

Step 2: In the Documents section, access recent files from your local storage or import them directly in the Computer tab bar. Alternatively, retrieve files from the Cloud tab bar.

Step 3: Select the file to resume editing.

open document from computer storage


Importing diagrams from other formats allows you to combine existing work into your current project easily.

Step 1: Click Import in the left-side navigation pane.

Step 2: Select the appropriate file format in the Import files in other formats section, then browse your local storage.

Step 3: Upload the chosen file, such as Visio, CAD, or SVG.

import files in other formats


Templates serve as a valuable resource, offering a variety of pre-designed layouts to suit various diagram types.

Step 1: Click Templates on the left-side navigation page.

Step 2: Use the search bar to find specific diagram templates or browse by category to discover a wide range of options.

built-in templates page interface

Step 3: Click Use Immediately to select and edit the pre-designed template.

use templates in the templates gallery

Save As

Save your EdrawMax creations by saving them to your computer, personal cloud, or even as a reusable template for future projects.

Step 1: To save your work, click Save As in the left-side navigation pane.

Step 2: Choose your desired location: Computer for offline access or Personal Cloud for online sharing and access.

Step 3: Select the folder where you want to store your file, enter a file name, and click Save.

save file in personal cloud

Export & Send

Export & Send allows you to export files in various formats like graphics, Word, PPT, or even Visio files and conveniently send a copy directly as an email attachment to colleagues, clients, or anyone you need.

Step 1: Head to the left-side navigation pane and click Export & Send, then choose your desired format to save or share your work from the Export section. Alternatively, in the Send section, click Send Email.

Step 2: Configure the export settings, including Save directory, File name, and Watermark settings, then click Export.

export diagram file as pdf


Printing your EdrawMax file can be helpful for presentations or meetings, giving attendees a physical copy of your visuals to follow along with.

Step 1: In the Print section, you have several options to choose from, including Printer, Copies, and Orientation.

Step 2: You will see on the right side how your document will look when printed.

Step 3: Once you’re satisfied with the preview, click Print to send your document to the selected printer.

print document and preview