I often find myself manually trying different graph layouts (Radial Drawing, Layered Drawing, etc ...) to find the best possible visualization for graphs. Is there a quick command to display ALL graph layouts at once? So that I can pick the best configuration.

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    $\begingroup$ You can write a function that does this once, then keep using it as you need it $\endgroup$
    – Szabolcs
    Commented Jun 16, 2021 at 17:37
  • $\begingroup$ Given how ubiquitous and useful this problem can be, I am asking whether there is a quick way of doing this generation. A Table where I copy paste all the layouts is a possibility, but very likely not the most efficient way. $\endgroup$
    – anon248
    Commented Jun 16, 2021 at 17:52
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    $\begingroup$ maybe something like embeddings = {"BalloonEmbedding", "CircularEmbedding", "GridEmbedding", "LayeredEmbedding", "LayeredDigraphEmbedding", "RadialEmbedding", "SpectralEmbedding", "SpringEmbedding"}; layoutButtons[g_Graph] := Grid@Partition[ Button[Panel@ Tooltip[Thumbnail[Rasterize@Graph[EdgeList@g, GraphLayout -> #], Tiny], #], CopyToClipboard[Defer[GraphLayout -> #]], Method -> "Queued"] & /@ embeddings, 4]; layoutButtons[graph]? $\endgroup$
    – kglr
    Commented Jun 16, 2021 at 18:38
  • $\begingroup$ you can also select from a limited set of choices available under GraphLayout from the right-click context menu. (It should be possible to modify this list to add more embeddings and tooltip previews). $\endgroup$
    – kglr
    Commented Jun 16, 2021 at 18:44
  • $\begingroup$ @kglr This is perfect, thanks. The only thing I changed (is Tiny to Large) in case others want a bigger visualization. The list can also be made larger like you said. $\endgroup$
    – anon248
    Commented Jun 16, 2021 at 19:23

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This answer was provided by kglr (Minor edits from me):

embeddings = {"BalloonEmbedding", "CircularEmbedding", 
  "GridEmbedding", "LayeredEmbedding", "LayeredDigraphEmbedding", 
  "RadialEmbedding", "SpectralEmbedding", "SpringEmbedding", 
  "BipartiteEmbedding", "TutteEmbedding", "StarEmbedding", 
  "TutteEmbedding", "SpringElectricalEmbedding", "GravityEmbedding", 
  "MultipartiteEmbedding", "LinearEmbedding", 
  "CircularMultipartiteEmbedding", "DiscreteSpiralEmbedding"}; 
layoutButtons[g_Graph] := 
         Rasterize@Graph[EdgeList@g, GraphLayout -> #], Large], #], 
      CopyToClipboard[Defer[GraphLayout -> #]], 
      Method -> "Queued"] & /@ embeddings, 4];

Function use:


where graph is the object you are trying to visualize.


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