Palisade DocumentationBigPicture 2016 Manual Tools for Modifying MapsHow do I connect multiple topics to an additional parent topic?

How do I connect multiple topics to an additional parent topic?

There may be times when you would like to connect an additional parent topic to multiple children topics that already exist. The following steps will demonstrate how to do so via two different ways:

<ALT> Select and Move Method

Select the topics you would like to move by <SHIFT+Clicking> the individual topics, or alternatively, if you plan on moving a Parent Topic along with its Children Topics you can simply depress the left mouse button on the Parent topic for an extended amount of time and it will include the children in the move. If you choose to select multiple topics by <CTRL+Clicking>, when you go to move the topics, a duplicate set of topics will be created.

Once you have selected the appropriate topics:

  • Hold the <ALT> key down and click and hold the left-mouse button down on a topic for a bit.
  • BigPicture will go into a mode that allows you to move the topic and connect to a different topic. You’ll see the topic that you clicked on temporarily change color when it’s in this mode.
  • Move the topics around with the mouse down, notice that the the red square changes and highlights the closest available connection point on other topics.
  • Release the mouse when the desired red square site highlights. Note that the original parent connections will be maintained in addition to the new parent connections.

Note: <ALT> only matters when starting the move. Once the topic changes color you can release the <ALT> key.

 

Via the New Parent Topic Command

Select your topics that you would like to link to a new Parent Topic. You can do this by either <SHIFT+Clicking> the individual children topics or you can click on the original Parent Topic and use the Select>Only Children of Selected Topic option from the BigPicture ribbon.

Via the New Parent Topic Command

Select Topic Tools > Connect Topic(s) to New Parent

After you have selected your children topics, select Connect Topic(s) to New Parent option from the Topic Tools drop down menu.

Click on the New Parent Topic

A Select Topic dialog will appear. Simply select the New Parent Topic that you would like to connect the selected topics to, then click OK. In this example we will select the 'Parent 2' topic.

Click on the New Parent Topic

Select Yes to add as an additional parent topic

BigPicture with display a dialog that gives the option to select Yes to add as an additional parent topic or No to move the connectors to the new parent. See examples below and note the differences.

Option: Change colors of New Parent's connectors

While the New Parent Topic is selected:

  • Choose Select > Select Topic and Children
  • Choose Select > Only Connectors between Selected Topics
  • Click on Excel's Drawing Tools Format Tab and change the color of the lines via the Shape Outline dropdown menu.
Option: Change colors of New Parent's connectors