Another question regarding graph displays.

Feb 8, 2012 at 9:23 PM
Edited Feb 8, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Hello everyone,

I am working on a network in NodeXL, and for some reason the graph image has a vertical black line going down the right side of the image.  Is there some way to eliminate this line so that the graph appears as just a simple box?  Thanks in advance.


Feb 9, 2012 at 3:58 AM

Could you post an image to help us debug your problem?



Feb 9, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Hi Marc,


How do I post an image on CodePlex?  Every time I try to paste one into my message I get an error.




Feb 9, 2012 at 3:50 PM
Edited Feb 9, 2012 at 3:50 PM


To post an image, please create and Issue in the Issue Tracker and attach it there.

Alternatively, Codeplex will allow you to post the image elsewhere on the web and use an <IMG> tag to include it in the html of your post here in the discussion.



Feb 9, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Hi Marc,


I posted the image in the Issue Tracker. 


I was also wondering, do you know of any way to prevent groups from moving back to their original positions when you refresh a graph?  I have been moving them around to make the data easier to read but then they clump together again when I hit refresh.  Thanks so much for your help.




Feb 9, 2012 at 4:07 PM


I may not fully understand the nature of your query so I will answer based on my understanding of your goal.

> You have a group of nodes displayed and have established locations that are good for each node.

> You collapse the group of nodes.

> When you expand the group later, the location of the nodes is not the same as it was before the collapse.

If this is the correct scenario, I suggest that the "Locked" vertex property feature could help.

Select the nodes in a group that are in the correct location *before* collapse.

Right click and select "Edit selected vertex properties".

Set the Locked flag to yes.

When you collapse and later expand the group your nodes should be where you left them.

If this is not the solution to your problem, please follow up and I will try to address your concern.



Feb 9, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Also posted in the Issue tracker:

My interpretation of your issue is that:

> you have the "group-in-abox" featured turned on (See: NodeXL Graph Pane>Layout Menu>Layout Option>Layout each of the graph's groups in its own box and sort the boxes by group size).

> You have all your graph's vertices in one group and no vertices in the second group.

You could:
> Delete Group 2
> Deselect "Layout each of the graph's groups in its own box and sort the boxes by group size" and select instead: "Layout the entire graph in the entire graph pane".


Feb 9, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Hi Marc,


You were right about the group  in a box feature being turned on, thanks for helping me figure that out.


Regarding the other issue, it is actually not the nodes I am trying to position, but the country groups.  If you look at the pic I sent you, you will notice I arranged all of the countries around the edges of the graph, and have an uncollapsed country group in the center.  The problem is that each time I collapse or uncollapse a country group all of the other countries move back to their original positions in the graph display.  I tried to use the lock function but it does not seem to work on the groups. 


Thanks in advance for your help.



Feb 9, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Bob - 

NodeXL does not (yet) implement group metanode locking.  I will bring this up in our next development meeting.

Your solution may be to return to the group-in-a-box feature and to create a group for each nation and place all of its nodes in that group.  This may get you closer to your goal.