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Why would I use connector labels, and how do I create them?

Labels on connectors are optional, but you might want to use them to denote relationships in some way. BigPicture has many prebuilt labels, like "+", "-", "Yes", and "No", that you can use, or you can enter any label of your choice. You can add label to connectors via the Ribbon, Shortcut Menus, and the Outline Pane of BigPicture.

Method 1: From the Connectors drop-down list

Select one or more connectors. Then, click on the Connectors drop-down menu on the BigPicture ribbon and select the Add Label option.

Method 1: From the Connectors drop-down list

Method 2: By right-clicking

Select one or more connectors and then right-click. This opens the BigPicture shortcut menu. Select the Connector Label option.

Method 2: By right-clicking

Label Connectors from Cells

Similar to the way Topics can be labeled with a cell reference, connectors also have that capability, as well.

  • Right-click on the connector that you would like to label.
  • Choose Connector Label > Label from the BigPicture pop-up menu.
  • Select the cell that you would like to reference.
  • Click OK.

NOTE: If you would like to label more than one connector with the same cell reference. Simply select the connectors that you would like to label and then right-click on one of them to access the Connector Label > Label option.

Label Connectors from Cells

Method 3: Via the Outline Pane

You can label connectors in two ways via the outline pane. You can either type the label you want directly in the Outline, or right-click a connector in the outline to open the BigPicture shortcut menu. To access the Outline Pane, choose outline from the BigPicture Ribbon.

Method 3: Via the Outline Pane

Enter in the Outline

  • Open the Outline Pane by clicking the Outline button on the BigPicture ribbon. (See #1)
  • Click on the Show Connectors option at the bottom of this pane to list all connectors. (See #2)  - Connectors will appear in the outline with an arrow icon to the left of their name. (See #3)
  • Type the label you want directly in the Outline, then <Enter> or click in the worksheet itself. The label will be applied to the connector automatically.

NOTE: When in edit mode you can use the <Enter> key to add labels to connectors and topics as you go through the list in the outline.

Right-click in the Outline

  • Open the Outline Pane by clicking the Outline button on the BigPicture ribbon. (See #1)
  • Click on the Show Connectors option at the bottom of the Outline Pane to list all connectors. (See #2)
  • Right-click a connector to open the BigPicture shortcut menu and choose Connector Label (See #3)
  • Select Custom Label (See #4) to enter your own label, use any of the other label options that BigPicture provides, or choose the Label command (See #5) to link the Label name to a specified cell.

Choose a label type and then a label

After you have selected your connectors and chosen one of the methods above, you can choose your own label or you can select from built-in BigPicture groups of labels. Here are some examples of what the built-in labels have to offer.

Custom Label

Choose Custom Label and start typing.

Custom Label

Math

Math

Relation

Relation

Events

Events

Level

Level