Palisade DocumentationBigPicture 2015 Manual Tools for Modifying MapsHow do I change the default topic or connector shape to use in all my maps?

How do I change the default topic or connector shape to use in all my maps?

BigPicture topics and connectors default to a certain shape. (In this discussion, "shape" refers to the shape, border and background colors, style, font, and placement of text.) In any map, you can change the shape of any topics or connectors by selecting them and using BigPicture and/or Excel tools. However, you can also change the BigPicture defaults from the Application Settings dialog box. Then all map topics or connectors will have this new shape.

View default shape

Here are the default shapes for topics and connectors. Again, they include not only the shape and colors, but the font and label placement in the topics. Any of these defaults can be changed.

View default shape

Open the Application Settings dialog box

1) Select Application Settings from BigPicture's Utilities drop-down list to open this dialog box.

2) The Topics and Connectors sections determine the default shapes.

Note that if a map already exists, changes to these application settings won't affect existing topics or connectors, but they will apply to new topics and connectors in the current map and in future maps.

Open the Application Settings dialog box

Change the default topic shape

Create a desired topic shape

Starting from any shape (which could be an Excel shape or a BigPicture topic), modify it as you like.

Create a desired topic shape

Open the Application Settings

Click <select connector> to the right of the Default Shape option and then click the ellipsis button.

Open the Application Settings

Select the desired shape

From the resulting dialog box, select the desired shape. Its name appears in the box. Then click OK.

Select the desired shape

Accept the change

When you click OK in the Application Settings dialog box, you are asked if you really want to make this change. If you do, click OK.

Accept the change

Create a new topic

Add a new topic to an existing map, or add a topic to start a new map. In either case, the new topic will have the new shape.

Create a new topic

Change other default topic properties

Again using the Application Settings dialog box, you can change two other default topic properties.

Change other default topic properties

Show label only

This setting can be toggled to Yes or No, with the following effect.

Show label only

Picture position

If you right-click a topic and select the option to add a picture, this application setting determines whether the picture is in the left part or the right part of the topic. Here is an example where the position has been changed to "right."

Picture position

Change the default connector shape

Create a desired connector shape

Starting from any connector (which could be an Excel shape or a BigPicture connector), modify it as you like.

Create a desired connector shape

Open the Application Settings Dialog

Click <select shape> and then the ellipsis button

Open the Application Settings Dialog

Select the desired connector

From the resulting dialog box, select the desired connector. Its name appears in the box. Then click OK.

Select the desired connector

Accept the change

When you click OK in the Application Settings dialog box, you are asked if you really want to make this change. If you do, click OK.

Accept the change

Create a new connector

Add a new connector to an existing map or a new map. In either case, the new connector will have the new shape.

Create a new connector

Change other default connector properties

From Application Settings, you can also change several other default connector properties in the obvious way. Remember that a connector label is a text box with text or a symbol that is placed on a connector. Unless you change the Always Label Connectors property, connector labels are optional.

Change other default connector properties

Click Reset to return to original settings

You can always click the Reset button at the bottom of the Application Settings dialog box to return to the original default settings.

Click Reset to return to original settings