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This page provides an index to all major components of visone's graphical user interface (GUI). Follow the links below to get additional information about these components. The most common usage scenarios are illustrated in the basic learning trails.



The top-level menus can be accessed by clicking on the strings in the top row of the visone window; follow the links below to get additional information.

  • file load, save, and export of networks from/to files; start new empty networks, creating random networks, printing images of networks; as well as setting program options and exiting visone
  • edit selection and cut, copy, paste operations
  • nodes delete selected nodes or isolates; manipulate and create node selections; access to node templates and node properties
  • links delete selected links, loops, or bends; manipulate and create link selections; access to link templates and link properties
  • view zoom, clear background, change modes
  • about visone (displays version)


The toolbar (the row of icons just below the menu entries) provides direct access to many frequently used operations (click on the icons below to get additional information).

Filenew.png Fileopen.png Filesave.png Zoom out.png Zoom in.png Zoom 100.png Zoom fit.png Zoom fitall.png Clear background.png Analysis mode.png Edit mode.png Navigation mode.png Attribute manager.png Collection manager.png Animation.png Console.png Quick layout.png

Short descriptions of these operations are provided below.


The tabs in the left-hand side of the visone window give access to complex operations, such as network analysis, visualization, or transformation; follow the links below to get additional information.

network area

The network area is the large part of the visone window aligned to the lower right corner. Besides displaying the network, this area provides direct access to inspect and/or modify node and link properties, as well as to select, create, or delete nodes and links. How your mouse interacts with the network area depends on the current mode. The three modes are (click on the icons to get additional information)

  • Analysis mode.png analysis mode allows the selection of elements (appropriate in most situations);
  • Edit mode.png edit mode allows the creation of nodes and links;
  • Navigation mode.png navigation mode for zooming;

To change the mode click on the appropriate icon in visone's toolbar.

A mouse right-click on a node or link (or one of several selected nodes or links) in the network area opens the node context menu or link context menu, respectively. These context menus allow, among others, to open the node properties dialog or link properties dialog in which graphical properties of nodes, links, and labels, as well as attribute values can be modified.

Turning the mouse wheel upwards (away from you) in the network area zooms into the network, turning it downwards zooms out.

Several networks can be open at the same time - each in its own network tab. A mouse left-click on one of these network tabs displays the respective network and makes it the current one. A mouse right-click on one of these network tabs offers you to close this tab, all other tabs (except the this one), or all tabs.

overview area

The overview area is the small part of the visone window in the upper left corner (above the tabs but below the top-level menu). It displays the entire network together with a grey box enclosing the part of the network that is currently displayed in the network area. This grey box can be dragged around to view other parts of the network in detail (convenient for large networks).