How to use a Grid

There are various ways to explore a grid (if you can't find one in your account, please read first) and we'll explain some of the features that help you doing this here.

To show you a sample of a grid first, here is one for "Machine Learning Applications":

Opening results

To get deeper insights for the intersection of two topics (one from row and one from column), just double-click an individual cell. A Mergeflow 360° view opens in a new window.


To zoom into a certain region of your grid, simply use your scroll wheel. The grid will automatically focus on your pointer position.


Hold your left mouse button down and move your mouse to drag around the visible window of the grid.


You can sort the cells of your grid by row and by column (yes, you can indeed, in contrast to Excel, GSheets, etc.). Just double-click a row or column header and you can watch all the rows or columns re-ordering. You can address question like "what is the most relevant application (rows) for my technology (a column).

Altering cell color intensity

Use the horizontal slider (see screenshot below) to increase or decrease the color intensity of the cells; this helps you finding the hot spots first.

Showing cluster sum

Click the sigma-icon next to the slider (see below) to show or hide the cluster sum, i.e. the total hits for all topics of a cluster.

After clicking the Σ, the cluster (here: "All Robots") sum values become visible in blue (see below).


Cropping is a nice way to focus on certain areas of your grid. Press the crop icon (see below) and then select the area of the grid you'd like to enlarge by keeping your left mouse button pressed. 

Resetting view

After all the sorting, zooming and cropping you can "go back to start" via the little icon highlighted in the below

Downloading grid data

Finally, you can also download the data of your grid as a tab-separated (.tsv-) file and paste it in Excel or a GSheet to apply further analytics on your machine. Simply click the button highlighted in the screenshot below:

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