Palisade DocumentationBigPicture 2015 Manual Map BasicsHow do I create connections between topics?

How do I create connections between topics?

Method 1: Drag from a red square

If you want to create a connection to a new topic from an existing topic, hover the mouse over the existing topic until you see a red square on the top, bottom, or sides. Then drag from this red square in any direction. When you let go of the mouse, a new topic will be created, connected to the existing topic. Its placement depends on whether Auto Arrange (on the BigPicture ribbon) is on or not. If Auto Arrange is off, the new topic will be placed where you let go of the mouse. If Auto Arrange is on, its placement will be automatic.

Method 1: Drag from a red square

Method 2: Drag from a red square to a red circle

Assuming the two topics already exist, hover the mouse over the origin topic until you see a red square on the top, bottom, or sides. Then drag from this red square toward the destination topic until you see a red circle on the top, bottom, or sides, and make sure the connector ends at one of these red circles. (The other circle in the graphic below illustrates one of the other possible connection points.)

Method 2: Drag from a red square to a red circle

Method 3: Right-click a cell and select New Connected Topic

Assuming one or more topics already exist, you can right-click a cell and select New Connected Topic from the BigPicture shortcut menu. This creates a new topic, placed at that cell, which is connected to the closest existing topic based on the direction of the map.

Method 3: Right-click a cell and select New Connected Topic