Adding name to boundary

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Is there a way to add a name to a boundary? I have a group consisting of, lets say, 10 topics with subtopics. I have another group of 7 topics. When I create a boundary around one group and another boundary around the second group, is there a way to give a name to the groups by naming boundary entities? Like GROUP 1 and GROUP 2. A name that is inside the boundary (left, right, top bottom, center), travels and resizes with it? Floating subtopic doesn't do the job as doesn't a callout - they do not resize with map.
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Not the boundary as such.  What I would do is create a Tag Grouping and Tag the Parent Topic of the Boundary 
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Okay. Thank You. Tried that but ... a tag needs naming of a Group and Name. That's 2 identificators. Name can't be left empty.

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Could you not use a Summary Topic accessed from the context menu when you right-click on the Boundary?

If you set Topic Shape to None and Line Type to CallOut, reduce the margins down to 0.5 and you will get something like this.



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Nigel

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Another option would be to make the first Topic inside the Boundary the identifier.

Set the Topic Shape to None, Set the Line Color to whatever the Map canvas is (Background) and you should get something like this:



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Thank You Nigel! The last suggestion looks like what I need, but ... I have vertically aligned, tree like topics. The Main Topic is on top of everything
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I was going to suggest doing the same operation but using the bottom Topic instead of the first Topic but it looks as though there is a bug that affects changing the Line Color when the Layout is in a Tree format. The Line Color change affects the whole length of the Line so it will not work.

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Try this:

On your last Topic, create a Sub-Topic and then apply the same process. You should then get something like this:



Obviously this might not be possible if you already have Sub-Topics on the last Topic but its a possibility. Also, if you are not using the last Topic for Sub-Topics it gives you a way of "turning off" the labels by collapsing the Branch.

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A final option that requires some prep work:

Create images for each of your Groups and insert them on the Main Topic as below:



Think that is all I can come up with for now.

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I like Nigel's solution, but here are four more options (see image below):

Option 1: Group name in general tags. If you use the General Tag group, the group name doesn't appear in the map.

Option 2: Group name as main topic (formatted line only). In this example I've formatted the main topic as line only. Then I've inserted a subtopic and formatted it as a default main topic, then inserted sub-subtopics formatted as the first level of subtopic.

Option 3: As above, again with the group name formatted as a main topic but without lines.

Option 4: Group name as callout to the main topic. Here I've attached the group name to the main topic (and not the boundary) but put it outside the boundary and formatted it without any lines.

In all these options I've formatted the lines to be the same colour.

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Thank You Alex! Option 4 seems to be the best and again, but ... the problem with Callout Topic is that it can't be locked in respect to the boundary. So, everytime I add or delete a topic to/from the Central Topic, the whole Picture changes and messes up layout of Callout Topics. And I haven't found yet a method to seamlessly position Floating or Callout topics. They tend to stick or adhere to the unvisible grid or nearest topic. Holding down Shift doesn't do the job either. What I would like to have now is a textbox I could place on anything on the map, it stays there and moves only when I decide to.

WBR

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Did you try attaching the callout to the main topic in the group rather than to the boundary?

That's what I did in the example I posted for option 4. Once I format and position the callout, it seems to retain a consistent relationship to the boundary group even when I move it, add other main topics or increase or decrease the number of subtopics, etc.

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Yes, I tried. On Picture it can be seen that by default Callout is created above main topic and I cannot drag it into the boundary. It jumps wherever else but not there I want it. As soon I release mouse button it returns to the default position.
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Ah - I thought in choosing Option 4 you wanted the group name outside the boundary.

If you want it inside the boundary then the approaches Nigel suggested or my Option 1 using a General Tag seem to be the only alternatives.