Modifying Topology Views

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You can modify the appearance of any topology view by using the Edit feature in the view. Some of the enhancements you can make include the following:
  • Change the background characteristics of a view.
  • Add lines, rectangles, or ellipses to a view.
  • Change the placement of modeled elements in a view.
  • Change font characteristics in a view.
The following image shows an example of an enhanced topology view:
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Multi-User Considerations
Be aware that OneClick topology view enhancements are shared across all users. Also, when you edit a view using the Edit mode button in a Topology tab toolbar,
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automatically prevents all other users from editing that view until you have finished.
Resize Model Icons
You can resize model icons displayed in a topology view.
Follow these steps:
  1. Switch to Edit mode, as described in Access Edit Mode.
  2. Select the model icon that you want to resize in a topology view.
    A green box appears around the icon.
  3. Click one of the corners of the green box, and drag the icon to resize it.
    The icon size changes proportionally.
  4. Deselect the icon when it reaches the desired size.
  5. Click Save.
    The model icon is resized, and you exit Edit mode.
Add Shapes, Lines, or Text to a View
You can add rectangles, ellipses, lines, or text in a topology view.
Add a rectangle or ellipse to a topology view in Edit mode.
Follow these steps:
  1. Switch to Edit mode as described in Access Edit Mode.
  2. In the Edit mode toolbar, select the desired style for the shape from the menu by clicking the Rectangle Tool or the Ellipse Tool spec--rectangletool_ICO spec--ellipsetool_ICO.
    The pointer changes from an arrow to a crosshair when hovering over the background area of the topology view.
  3. In the desired location, click and drag the pointer starting at the upper left corner of the shape and ending at the lower right-hand corner of the shape.
  4. Release the mouse button.
    The shape you created now appears in the view, behind any existing models or pipes.
Add a line to a view in Edit mode.
Follow these steps:
  1. Switch to Edit mode as described in Access Edit Mode.
  2. In the Edit mode toolbar, click the line tool spec--linetool_ICO.
    The pointer changes from an arrow to a crosshair.
  3. In the topology view, click and drag the pointer to draw the line.
  4. Release the mouse button.
    The line appears in the view, behind any existing models or pipes.
Add text to a view.
Follow these steps:
  1. Switch to Edit mode as described in Access Edit Mode.
  2. In the Edit mode toolbar, click the text box spec--textboxtool_ICO.
    The pointer changes from an arrow to a crosshair pointer.
  3. Click in the location where you want the text box to begin.
    A text box appears.
  4. Type the text in the text box.
  5. Click outside the text box to exit.
    The text boundaries of the text box disappear. The text is placed in the background of the topology view.
Change Shapes, Lines, and Text Characteristics
You can apply different font properties to text, colors to shapes, or line weights to lines.
We recommend setting properties for shapes, lines, or text before adding (or drawing) these elements in a view as a best practice.
You can change text font properties in a topology view.
Follow these steps:
  1. Switch to Edit mode as described in Access Edit Mode.
  2. In the Edit mode toolbar, click the text you want to change and click Font Properties spec--fontproperties_ICO.
    The Select Font dialog opens.
  3. Select the desired font family, style, size, foreground color, and background color.
    The preview pane shows the font properties that you selected.
  4. Click OK.
    The font properties are applied to the selected text.
You can apply color to shapes or lines in a topology view.
Follow these steps:
  1. Switch to Edit mode as described in Access Edit Mode.
  2. Click the shape or line that you want to edit.
  3. in the Edit mode toolbar, click Shape Color spec--shapecolor_ICO.
    The Select Color dialog opens.
  4. Modify the color settings by clicking each of the tabs in the Select Color dialog:
    • Swatches
      Specifies the color of the shape or line. Select a color from the palette. A preview of the selected color appears at the bottom of the dialog. If you selected and previewed multiple colors, the colors you have chosen appear in the Recent color grid for re-selection.
    • HSB
      Specifies the Hue, Saturation, and Brightness settings associated with standard color selected from the Swatches tab and shown in the preview at the bottom of the dialog. Use the slider to increase or decrease the settings associated with Red, Green, and Blue colors. Or, you can individually change the color settings associated with the Hue (H), Saturation (S), and Brightness (B).
      When you change the color settings in the HSB tab, the color settings in the RGB tab are updated respectively.
    • RGB
      Specifies customization settings for a standard color chosen on the Swatches tab. Use the sliders to customize the standard color by adding more or less red, green, or blue.
  5. Click OK.
    The color settings are applied to the shape or line you selected.
You can also apply line weight and patterns to components of a topology view.
Follow these steps:
  1. Switch to Edit mode as described in Access Edit Mode.
  2. Select the line that you want to edit.
  3. In the Edit mode toolbar, click Line Weight or Line Pattern spec--lineweight_ICO spec--linepattern_ICO.
    A menu appears.
  4. Click the desired line weight or line pattern.
    The selected line weight or pattern is applied to the line.
Background Editor
Use the Background Editor dialog to modify the appearance of a topology view’s background. You can modify a topology view’s background color, add a background image, or change the size of the background. For example, you might want to change the background size of the topology view to create additional room for modeling network entities.
The following image shows the Background Editor dialog:
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Modify the Topology Background
You can use the Background Editor to modify a topology background. You can change the background color, add a background image, or change the size of the background. For example, change the background size of the topology view to create additional room for modeling network entities.
Follow these steps:
  1. Switch to Edit mode as described in Access Edit Mode.
  2. In the Edit mode toolbar, click the Background icon spec--backgroundbutton_ICO.
    The Background Editor dialog opens.
  3. Specify whether to change the color or image in the
    Background Type section.
  4. Click Browse to preview colors or images.
    The ‘Select Topology Background Image’ or ‘Select Topology Background Color’ dialog opens.
  5. Select the desired image or color and click OK.
    A preview of the selected item appears in the Background Editor dialog.
  6. Click OK to apply the changes to the background.
    The background view refreshes to reflect the changes.
You can use a similar procedure to change the background size.
Follow these steps:
  1. Switch to Edit mode as described in Access Edit Mode.
  2. In the Edit mode toolbar, click the Background icon spec--backgroundbutton_ICO.
    The Background Editor dialog opens.
  3. Specify pixel values in the Width and Height fields.
  4. Click OK.
    The background view refreshes to reflect the changes.
Group Items in a View
You can group items in any OneClick topology view. Grouping items within a view lets you edit, move, copy, paste, or delete items as one group. One of the most common group operations you may perform within a topology view is to group text (annotations) with modeled devices.
To group items in a view
  1. Switch to Edit mode as described in Access Edit Mode.
  2. Press and hold down the Shift key, and select the items you want to represent as a group.
  3. In the Edit mode toolbar, click the Group icon spec--groupitems_ICO.
    The selected items in the view are represented as a single group.
Ungroup Items in a View
Ungroup a set of grouped items within a view when you want to edit the items, or when you want to move individual items.
Follow these steps:
  1. Switch to Edit mode as described in Access Edit Mode.
  2. Click one of the grouped items to select the entire group.
  3. Click the Ungroup icon spec--ungroup_ICO.
    The items are ungrouped. You can now select individual items.
Send Items to the Back
You can send items to the back of a view so that other items within that view appear to be in front. You can send only the background elements and cannot send the devices or container models to the back.
Follow these steps:
  1. Switch to Edit mode, as described in Access Edit Mode.
  2. Right-click an item, and select Send to Back.
    The item moves to the back of the view relative to other items in the view.
    Sending devices to the back of the topology view, for example, behind a background color or shape would hide the model from view and cause issues.
Bring Items to the Front
You can bring items to the front of a view relative to other items within that view. You can bring only the background elements and cannot bring the devices or container models to the front.
Follow these steps:
  1. Switch to Edit mode as described in Access Edit Mode.
  2. Right-click the item you want to move and select Bring to Front.
    The item moves to the front of the view relative to other items in the view.