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The layout of a diagram consists in arranging the shapes (sometimes also the connections) in some fashion in order to achieve an aesthetically pleasing experience to the user. It aims at giving a more direct insight in the information contained within the diagram and its relational structure.

The RadDiagram control has more than 11 built-in layouts. To take advantage of them you should enable layouting in the LayoutSettings property. Then use the Type(Tree, Layered, Force-directed) and Subtype properties to define the desired layout.

On a technical level, layout consists of a multitude of algorithms and optimizations:

  • analysis of the relational structure (loops, multi-edge occurrence...)
  • connectedness of the diagram and the splitting into disconnected components
  • crossings of connections
  • bends and length of links

and various ad-hoc calculations which depend on the type of layout. The criteria on which an algorithm is based vary but the common denominator is:

  • a clean separation of connected components (subgraphs)
  • an orderly organization of the shapes in such a way that siblings are close to another, i.e. a tight packing of shapes which belong together (parent of child relationship)
  • a minimum of connection crossings
  • DefaultVB.aspx
  • DefaultVB.aspx.vb
  • scripts.js
<%@ Page Language="VB" AutoEventWireup="true" CodeFile="DefaultVB.aspx.vb" Inherits="Telerik.Web.Examples.Diagram.Layouts.DefaultVB" %>

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html xmlns=''>
<head runat="server">
    <title>Telerik ASP.NET Example</title>
    <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=edge" />
    <script src="scripts.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <form id="form1" runat="server">
    <telerik:RadScriptManager runat="server" ID="RadScriptManager1" />
    <telerik:RadSkinManager ID="RadSkinManager1" runat="server" ShowChooser="true" />
    <div class="demo-container size-wide">
        <telerik:RadDiagram ID="theDiagram" runat="server" Height="600">
            <LayoutSettings Enabled="true" RadialFirstLevelSeparation="90" RadialSeparation="50" />
            <ClientEvents OnLoad="diagram_load" />
            <ShapeDefaultsSettings Width="40" Height="40" Type="Circle">
                <FillSettings Color="#39f" />
                <telerik:DiagramShape Id="s1">
                    <FillSettings Color="#f55" />
                <telerik:DiagramShape Id="s2" />
                <telerik:DiagramShape Id="s3" />
                <telerik:DiagramShape Id="s4" />
                <telerik:DiagramShape Id="s5" />
                <telerik:DiagramShape Id="s6" />
                <telerik:DiagramShape Id="s7" />
                <telerik:DiagramShape Id="s8" />
                <telerik:DiagramShape Id="s9" />
                    <FromSettings ShapeId="s1" />
                    <ToSettings ShapeId="s2" />
                    <FromSettings ShapeId="s1" />
                    <ToSettings ShapeId="s3" />
                    <FromSettings ShapeId="s2" />
                    <ToSettings ShapeId="s4" />
                    <FromSettings ShapeId="s2" />
                    <ToSettings ShapeId="s5" />
                    <FromSettings ShapeId="s3" />
                    <ToSettings ShapeId="s6" />
                    <FromSettings ShapeId="s6" />
                    <ToSettings ShapeId="s7" />
                    <FromSettings ShapeId="s6" />
                    <ToSettings ShapeId="s8" />
                    <FromSettings ShapeId="s3" />
                    <ToSettings ShapeId="s9" />
    <qsf:ConfiguratorPanel runat="server">
            <qsf:View runat="server">
                <qsf:DropDownList ID="layoutChooser" Label="Choose Layout" OnClientItemSelected="changeLayoutHandler" ExpandDirection="Up" runat="server">
                        <telerik:DropDownListItem Text="Tree Down" Value="tree-down" />
                        <telerik:DropDownListItem Text="Tree Up" Value="tree-up" />
                        <telerik:DropDownListItem Text="Tree Left" Value="tree-left" />
                        <telerik:DropDownListItem Text="Tree Right" Value="tree-right" />
                        <telerik:DropDownListItem Text="Tip-Over Tree" Value="tree-tipover" />
                        <telerik:DropDownListItem Text="Radial Tree" Value="tree-radial" />
                        <telerik:DropDownListItem Text="Layered Horizontal" Value="layered-horizontal" />
                        <telerik:DropDownListItem Text="Layered Vertical" Value="layered-vertical" />
                        <telerik:DropDownListItem Text="Force-directed" Value="force" />
                        <telerik:DropDownListItem Text="Mindmap Horizontal" Value="tree-mindmaphorizontal" />
                        <telerik:DropDownListItem Text="Mindmap Vertical" Value="tree-mindmapvertical" />

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