Assigning Colors

Select Options ® Color Assignment to call up the Color Assignment dialog box. This dialog box contains three parts:

  • A color palette of 16 colors
  • A list of color variables for the graph. A color variable is an aspect of the graph that is colorable.
  • A large color stripe at the top of the palette. This stripe shows the current color of the color variable highlighted.

You can use these components to color various parts of the graph. Set the color variables to particular color values from the palette, as follows:

  1. Click on the color variable whose value you want to set. When you have selected the variable, its current value appears in the large color stripe at the top of the menu.
  2. Assign a new color to the variable by clicking on one of the palette colors with the mouse. The large color stripe changes to the requested color. Click on the Apply button (or the Continue button) to apply the new color to the graph.

The color variables themselves are the following:

  • Hierarchy background

The display background. This color should be different from the colors of the Node background or Lines variables.

  • Lines

The lines connecting the hierarchy nodes. This color should be different from the Background color.

  • Node background

The background color of the nodes. This color is only visible with suitable Coloring Method options. If the current coloring method colors the entire node, setting the Node background color variable has no effect.

This color should be different from the colors of the Hierarchy background and Node text variables.

  • Highlighted node background

The background color of the selected (highlighted) node. This color should be different from the Node background, Hierarchy background, and Highlighted node text colors.

  • Node text

The node text. This color should be different from the color of the Node background variable.

This color is only visible with suitable Coloring Method options. If the current coloring method colors the entire node, setting the Highlighted node text variable the same color has no effect.

  • Highlighted node text

The text of the node that is highlighted. This color should be different from the color of the Highlighted node background variable.

This color is only visible with suitable Coloring Method options. If the current coloring method colors the entire node, setting the Highlighted node text variable the same color has no effect.

This color should be different from the colors of the Node background or Node text variables.