What are the Select options, and why do I need them?

Select options make it easy for you to select multiple topics at a time without having to individually click on them. You typically choose one of these for moving or formatting all or part of a map. For example, you might want to change the font size or color background of all, or some, of the topics.

Select Options

There are five possible Select options. These options can be accessed via the Select menu in the BigPicture Ribbon (See#1) or via the right-click menu on a Topic. (See #2)

Select Options

All Topics

When utilizing the All Topics selection command, BigPicture will select all of the topics AND the connectors. This is great to use if you want to move the entire map to a different location on your worksheet, or if you would like to add or change the style or color of all of the topics and their connectors.

TIP: If you would like to select all of the connectors in your map you can start with this command and then immediately choose the Only Connectors Between Selected Topics command.

All Topics

Selected Topic and Children

This item was chosen while Topic 3.

Note that the connectors from Topic 3 as well as those from its children are now selected.

Selected Topic and Parents

When the user clicks on Topic 7 and then chooses Select Topic and Parents, BigPicture will select the topic itself as well as the topics that are Parents of the selected topic.

Selected Topic and Parents

Only Children of Selected Topic

This item was chosen while Topic 3 was selected. Now neither Topic 3 nor the connectors from it are selected, just the children of the Topic 3 and their corresponding connectors are selected.

Only Connectors Between Selected Topics

Starting from the map shown in the Selected Topic and Children section above, this item produced the following.

Now only the connectors are selected, not the topics. For example, this might be useful if you want to change the color or other properties of certain connectors.

Select by clicking

Alternatively, you can select any combination of topics and/or connectors in the usual Excel way: by clicking them, one at a time, while holding down the <Ctrl> or <Shift> key.

NOTE: If you hold the <Ctrl> key down while moving one of the topics, BigPicture will duplicate all of the topics selected.