Palisade DocumentationBigPicture 2016 Manual Tools for Modifying MapsHow do I format several topics the same way?

How do I format several topics the same way?

You can use Excel's tools to format topics in many ways, such as changing the shape, the background color, the font size of the label, the label placement within the topic, and others. The methods discussed here speed up the process of formatting multiple topics at one time. For either of the methods described below, you can also select multiple topics by using the Outline Pane and by using BigPicture's Select Options.

Method 1: Select multiple topics and then format

Starting from a default format, you can select multiple topics, such as all children at a certain level, and then use Excel's tools to format them as you like. We recommend selecting one object and then using SHIFT+click to select the others. CTRL+click to select the others also works but can result in copies of the objects being made if the mouse is moved during the click action.

Method 1: Select multiple topics and then format

Method 2: Copy and then apply a copied format

Format a topic

Start by using Excel's tools to format a topic in some way.

Format a topic

Right-click and select Copy Format

Right-click the formatted topic and select Copy Format from the BigPicture shortcut menu.

Right-click and select Copy Format

Right-click and select Apply Copied Format

Select all of the other topics you want to format, right-click, and select Apply Copied Format from the BigPicture shortcut menu. This formats all of them at once.

Right-click and select Apply Copied Format