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What is the Topic pane, and why would I use it?

The Topic pane is an alternative to the BigPicture shortcut menu you get when you right-click a topic. It is a handy place to change properties of any of the topics.

Topic Pane Items

The Topic pane has a variety of subsections to make it easier for you to edit topics. Click on any Topic in your map and then add/alter any of the following attributes of that topic:

  • Label
  • Note
  • Pictures
  • Markers
  • Hyperlinks
  • Format
  • Tags
Topic Pane Items

Label

The label section allows you to enter a simple label in the Simple Label field or you can choose to link to a cell(s) in your workbook. If you choose to label using an Excel Range, you will be able to add more information to your individual topics.

Label

Note

A note is represented with a small icon in the lower right of your topic. You can enter the note contents via the Topic Pan and choose whether or not to leave the note open or not.

Note

Picture

You can use the Topic Pane to add a picture to your topic. When you first click in the Include Picture box it will put a place holder image in your topic. Right click on that image to add your own image.

Picture

Markers

Markers are small icons that can help tell a story about your topic at a quick glance. You can choose which marker you would like to use by clicking in the cell to the right of the list name in the Markers section of the Topic Pane and select the marker from the drop down menu.

Markers

You can easily link to other documents, spreadsheet, pdf files, websites, etc. by adding a hyperlink to your topic. To do so, click on the green Add icon (See #1) and search for your file or enter a web address in the Address field. (See #2)

Hyperlinks

Format

You can choose to show topics as labels only or you can choose to link to a cell format. If you choose to link to a cell format, click on the excel range icon and choose the cell that contains the formatting that you would like to use.

Format

Tags

Similarly to Markers, you can choose to add Tags via the topic pane by selecting them from the drop down menus that appear when you click in the box to the right of the Group name.

Tags