FlowJo v9 Manual


Summary of Drag and Drop Examples

This series of examples is based on a workspace in which there were several samples collected from different people. These samples were stained with CD4, CD8, and differentiation markers. The first sample was analyzed in detail and gates were generated to define several T cell subsets.

A series of drag operations using different modifier keys will serve to show how drag and drop can be used to replicate analyses between samples. (This information applies equally to performing operations on groups, but the resulting behavior may be somewhat different. This is discussed fully in the help on groups).

You may go through each of the examples in sequence, or jump straight to a specific example:

These examples are all based on copying analysis nodes from one sample to another. However, the same options are available for dragging within a single sample, and for dragging to the table editor or the layout editor.


To select more than one analysis node, use the command key to select additional nodes. (Use shift key if you want to select a range of nodes that are all siblings).

To take an entire analysis tree, click on the top-most node of the set of nodes you wish to take, and drag with the option key down (select all children).

To take only a single analysis node with all the gates used to create it, select that node and drag with the control key down (select all parents).

Thus, judicious use of selection and the modifier keys allows you to drop only the portion of the original analysis tree that you want to move.

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