Miro gives you almost infinite possibilities of working with objects on a board, so here are some tips on how to achieve your goals easier and faster.
Make use of a mini-map, which can be found in the bottom right corner of the board (or just press the M hotkey to open/close it).
Switching between select/pan modes
Try using hotkeys to select a certain object or pan across the board. Use V and H hotkeys to switch between the select/edit mode (cursor tool) and the hand/pan mode. You can also activate the select mode on the toolbar.
💡 Learn more about navigating the board in this article.
The select tool on the toolbar
Working with objects
Speed up your work by using Ctrl + D shortcut to quickly and easily duplicate objects on the board.
✏️ You can also use Alt + arrows to duplicate an object vertically or horizontally.
Object dimensions for precise diagramming
Deliver professional diagrams faster and easier. Use Object dimensions to create the same size objects across your board with precision.
Lock an object
Prevent objects from being accidentally moved, edited, or deleted by locking them. Use protected lock to prevent other users from changing your content. Learn more in the article: Locking content on the board.
Turning on this option will create alignment guides for any objects you move, helping to ensure a clean, well-balanced look to your board objects.
Aligning objects on the board
You can enable/disable the feature in the board settings (click the cog wheel icon in the top-left corner next to your board name, then navigate to Preferences).
The option to enable Align objects in board settings
Move objects between foreground and background
All objects on the board are placed relatively on top of each other. Though layers are not currently supported in Miro, you may define the order of the objects by using the options Bring to front or Send to back. To access the options, open an object's context menu and click the three dots. You can also use shortcuts PgUp, PgDn (for Windows)/ fn +↑, fn+↓ (for Mac). Note that the options are not available for frames as frames are always placed behind board objects.
Defining the order of objects
Select and filter objects
Filters are extremely helpful if you need to bulk change a particular type of object in a group: select several items, click Filter on the context menu, and choose an object type. Learn more about object selection in this article.
Selecting, filtering, and modifying multiple objects
Easily rotate objects on the board to adjust your content. Find the icon in the lower-left corner of the object, click and drag it to change the position as shown below.
Rotating an object
Working with documents
Split multipage docs
Available on: browser version, Desktop App
A way for your team to collaborate on documents or PDF or Powerpoint files — expand any pages, lay them out on the board, and leave comments directly on pages.
To divide a PDF or a Powerpoint file into a certain number of pages:
- Upload the file to the board.
- Click on the file, in the context menu choose Extract pages.
✏️ The option is available in the cursor (select) mode only. If the option doesn't appear on the menu, press V or select the cursor on the toolbar and click the object again.
The option to extract pages on the PDF context menu
- Choose how you want to split the file - all or just specific pages and click Extract.
Expanded pages will appear right under the original file. If there is no need in the original file you can delete it - all extracted pages will stay on the board.
To pin a particular page of a document on a board, switch to this page on the document's context menu, select Pin, and choose Set current as start. Every time you open the board, this page will be set as the first one.
✏️ The option Set current as start is available in the cursor (select) mode only. If the option is greyed out, press V or select the cursor on the toolbar and click the object again.
Pinning a page
Working with images
Any image on the board can be replaced without affecting other objects on the canvas. To update an image, take the following steps:
1. Select the image you want to change, click Replace image and choose the source of a new image. If you choose Replace from board, you will be suggested to pick another image on the board. You can also Upload from device or Upload via URL.
2. Once the source is chosen, find the required image and select it.
3. The new image will replace the initial one.
There is no need to use third-party software to crop images, as Miro has a tool for it. Select an image or choose Crop on the context menu. This enables the crop mode, which allows editing of the rectangular selection. Crop boundaries snap to surrounding board content to ensure the layout of images is visually crisp. You can update the position and scale of the images you are cropping without losing alignment with other content on the board. When it is done, just click anywhere on the board.
Cropping an image
You can crop images in various shapes (e.g. a circle, square, etc.). Select the image, click the Crop icon in the context menu, and select a shape from the dropdown.
Cropping an image into a circle
You can also bulk-crop images in various shapes. Click and drag to select the images, click the Crop icon in the context menu, and choose a shape from the dropdown.
Bulk-cropping images into a circle
💡 You can always revert your cropped image to its original, just double click and expand the crop selection to its original size.
Add borders on images and screenshots you upload or paste to your board to help them stand out.
- Click on the image
- In the context menu, click the border icon
- Select the color and adjust the thickness of you border
Adding an image border to a screenshot
Bulk resize images
Resize multiple images on your board at once by height or width. Then use Auto layout to instantly align them.
How to bulk resize images
- Drag the cursor to select all the images you want to resize
- Click the resize icon in the context menu. You need to select multiple images before the resize option appears
Select Match height or Match width
- Click on the gray Auto layout icon in the upper right corner
Bulk resizing images by height or width
Add GIFs to your Miro boards to bring ideas to life with fun animated content. GIFs play for individual users for 8 seconds or one loop when added to the board, and when users hover over them. GIFs only play for each user interacting with the board, not for everyone in real-time.
Turn on Reduce motion to disable GIF autoplay.
💡 GIFs in presentations and Miro Talktracks play automatically and loop endlessly while they're visible on the screen.
GIF autoplay on hover