bookspend
I am stumped how to move a thought to a different parent. The context menu allows you to create a parent (or child), but not move a child from one parent to another.

Does anyone have a suggestion? 
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zenrain
The fastest way is to click the parent gate, and drag (or use keyboard shortcut). Then type in the parent name and select using the arrow key. 
Now, instead of just hitting Enter key to choose the parent, hold down the shift key as you hit enter. 
macOS 10.13
TheBrain 9.0.250
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Cerebrum
zenrain's method is the best way of moving a child Thought from one parent to another if the new parent is not currently being displayed in one of four possible areas:
1. The Plex - the main area where we see the interconnected thoughts.
2. Horizontal scrollable list (below the Plex) of recently activated thoughts.
3. Pinned thoughts
4. Selected thoughts, which show up as a vertical list to the left of the Plex.

If the new parent is visible in one of those four areas, you can shift-click the Parent gate of the child thought and drag the link to the Child gate of the new parent. For me, the new parent is often a thought that I've recently activated so it shows up as a previous thought in area #2. 

It can, though, be tricky to drag to the correct thought (especially if there are several thoughts that are close to each other and they have similar long names) and to the correct position on the thought, so zenrain's method is "safer" (and, perhaps easier), even if the new parent is visible.

A not-so-elegant method is to drag the Parent gate to another thought and then unlink the original parent.
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bookspend
zenrain and Cerebrum, thank you both for the detailed suggestions. I will give them a try and see how it goes.
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Woodlander
Yes, thanks from me too. I have been unlinking the original parent after linking to the new parent.
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shatcher
Hi all,

The shift-click method can be used even when the new Thought you are attaching to is not visible. Hold down shift while you drag the link, continue to hold it down while typing the Thought name and double-clicking on it. It will unlink from the old parent Thought the same as if you just shift-dragged to the new parent.

Cheers, Sean
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bookspend
I got a bit lost wondering what a 'parent gate' was, but finally succeeded in moving a couple of child thoughts to a different parent thought using zenrain's method for one and Cerebrum's method for the other. Both work well.

I think this is both an important and common use case that deserves to be more prominently documented in the manual/tutorials. 
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Brigitte
Thanks for your feedback. We may not create a Brain 9 manual, for a few reasons...

- The design philosophy from the beginning has been "If it needs a manual, it's wrong" 
- The software evolves too quickly for us to keep it up to date easily
- Most people don't read manuals anymore (right?)

However, we've tried to include all of the "less discoverable" features in the list of tips that are included with the application. Also, the new round of tutorial videos that are in the quick-start brain (Help > Create a Quick-Start Brain) is going to be fairly comprehensive when it is complete.

In the meantime, you may want to refer to our version 8 tutorial on "Changing Thought Relationships: http://old.thebrain.com/support/tutorials/changing-relationships/relationships/. 

Best regards,
Brigitte
 
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metta
Brigitte, based on feedback recently received from Matt in this discussion thread, I thought the possibility of developing a manual was now being reconsidered.

Did I misunderstand Matt's comment?
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shatcher
Hi Metta,

You are correct that we are considering developing a manual. Nothing has been decided yet as to if or when we will make a manual. Sorry for the confusion.

Cheers, Sean
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metta
Thanks for the update, Sean.
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dlorde
Regarding a manual, I agree few people will read the manual like a book, but I think having a searchable manual or guide is pretty important just for reference when you're trying to work out how to do something - so you can browse the relevant chapter(s) or search directly for the relevant terms.

I've always found a decent Windows help file to be most useful, and it's a pity they've gone out of fashion - online guides are all very well, but the switching of context, relatively slow speed, and poor search facilities they typically have, make them almost more trouble than they're worth.
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Cerebrum
Brigitte wrote:
We may not create a Brain 9 manual, for a few reasons...
The design philosophy from the beginning has been "If it needs a manual, it's wrong" 
- The software evolves too quickly for us to keep it up to date easily
- Most people don't read manuals anymore (right?)
Take a look at what Apple does for the iPhone:  http://help.apple.com/iphone/11/

Also, how about something like TheBrain Knowledgebase?
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metta
Cerebrum wrote:
Take a look at what Apple does for the iPhone:  http://help.apple.com/iphone/11/

Also, how about something like TheBrain Knowledgebase?


+1

I would love to see something like TheBrain Knowledgebase return for TB9! Thought it was a brilliant idea for TB8, and I feel it would still be immensely useful to both new and experienced brain users working with TB9.
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Beastro
Watching through tutorials is too time consuming. I usually just need a small bit of information and watching a multi minute tutorial just to be able to find that bit is most of the time not an option.
I think a manual or at least a KB with the most common and wanted questions is a must for any software.

Thanks and regards
Berthold/Spain
Win10/TB9
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