Drawing Nested DFDs in SmartDraw
You can easily nest data flow diagrams in SmartDraw. Draw the high-level diagrams first, then select the process you want to expand, go to the Tools menu, and select Insert Hyperlink. Link the selected process notation to another SmartDraw diagram or a web page.
Once linked, a small plus sign will appear in the object, and clicking on it opens the linked file.
Clicking on the plus sign will open the linked file
When you link two SmartDraw files, the link created between them is absolute, not relative. (A link to a file on your hard drive will look something like this: C://SmartDraw Files/Project X/dataflow2.sdr instead of a relative link: dataflow2.sdr) In order to share your files with others, you can either save your files to a network drive or save and publish them as web pages. If you save your diagrams on a network, make sure you go to Network Neighborhood or My Network Places to find the appropriate directory instead of using your local mapped drives.
Browse on your network to find the files you want to link to
You can use this hyperlink function to open any kind of file, including text documents, spreadsheets, web pages, or even to launch a program!