Can a theme specify icons for subtopics?

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I am working with the timeline theme. I want to have all subtopics at the third level represent completion of an action or deliverable. In order to show progress, I want all of these subtopics to have the progress icon. 

Is there a way to have the progress icon automatically included in every 3rd-level subtopic using this theme?
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Laurence

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Ary Velstra, Expert Trainer

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Timeline is just another view of your map.
You can use mapparts prepopulated with any icon or tag you want to.

And once you are an experienced user of all this, try and find out if you can use the brilliant SmartRules functions to get it automated (maybe from the tagview)

Again try and watch some recorder webinars on the subjects. You find them on the Mindjet website under resources.
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Laurence

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Thanks, Ary.

I hadn't found the recorded webinars, but now I know where to look.

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If I understand your request, you want any subtopic placed at the third level to automatically be allocated a progress icon.

The question is whether the topics once placed at the third level will remain there or whether they may move to other levels. If they are to remain static than Ary's suggestion to create a mappart of a sub-topic with a progress icon which can be pasted into the map at any time is the easiest to implement.

However, things are a little more complicated if the topics will change levels but you only want them to show a progress icon when they are a third-level topic. SmartRules would logically be the best way to do this but there are two problems. The first is that while SmartRules has been greatly improved in MM2019 from the Conditional Formatting feature of MM2019 there are still one or two shortcomings, the most frustrating of which is you still can't use topic level as a trigger.

The second is that any icon, including progress icons, which is added via a SmartRule is not editable, nor is it permanent. In other words, if you could use a SmartRule to show a default zero progress icon for every third-level topic, this progress icon would not be editable and would also disappear once the rule was turned off.

The MAP add-in from Olympic Limited does provide a topic level selection feature, though this can't be added into the SmartRule facility directly. It is possible to incorporate the MAP topic level selection feature into SmartRules indirectly via topic properties, though this is a little complicated and doesn't resolve the editing issues. The easiest way to use the MAP feature would be simply to highlight all level 3 topics so you can easily see which have a progress icon and which don't.
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