How do I find a selected object on the canvas in the outline?

Hi there,

I’m working on a large graph of relationships. I wish to be able to select an object, for example a word, and find that object in the outline list. How do I do this?
I have tried using the search box at the bottom of the outline list however it doesn’t open up things like sub-graphs to reveal matches.

I do this by clicking the object and looking at the Contents pane. The layer containing the object will have a square next to it. At this point, I untwist the layer and scan/scroll for the hilighted object. If you don’t use layers and everything is in one layer, then this won’t be of much help.

You want to use the Sidebar. I use the Layers inspector almost exclusively but the Outline might work better for you.

Yes, the Outline icon, which opens an Outline sidebar, is correct for OP’s request.

I don’t have OG7, but I understand one can search the Outlines for specific text. But that does not work if the text is in a grouped Shape, it works for the label of the group only.

Yes, the search at the bottom of the Outline panel is legless. A more pointed way of saying that is, OG does not handle Grouped Shapes properly. “Sub-graphs” (OG term) and their expansion is a quick-and-dirty, simplistic view, not a proper hierarchic one.

For unrestricted search, use the generic search facility Command-F, and the group that it is in will be selected in the Outline view.

For better command and control of the Outline panel, get used to the hierarchic view (the other is flattened view), and use the Expand/Collapse buttons. It is not perfect (eg. your request) but it is powerful.