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What are some of the main use cases for each of the Salesforce Flow Builder's Auto-Layout and Free-Form?

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For very simple flows, auto-layout is a quick way to visually organize the page. Free-form is generally better to get a layout that is useful as a screenshot for documentation or arrange the components in a way that makes it easier to follow a flow with more than a handful of components.

Personally, I have never found auto-layout useful and immediately switch to free form.

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    Auto-Layout also has restrictions on how nodes can be connected, so it ceases to be useful for any reasonably complicated flow.
    – sfdcfox
    Jun 28 at 17:18
  • That said, if you are approaching this complexity, perhaps a flow isn't the best tool for the job and Apex would be better...
    – Phil W
    Jun 28 at 19:32
  • I actually quite like auto-layout since things are nicely lined up. Free form can be really messy, visually.
    – Phil W
    Jun 28 at 19:33

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