Create and/or Edit a Mind Map

In this article, we'll illustrate the basics of creating and editing a MindMeister map:

 


Basics

  • Click on the + button or press INS or TAB to add an idea
  • Click on the delete icon or press DEL to delete an idea
  • Double-click anywhere on the map to add a new first level idea
  • Drag and drop ideas to rearrange them on your map
  • Use cursor keys to navigate through your map
  • Be more productive with keyboard shortcuts

All of your changes are saved automatically so there is no need to save them manually. You can undo changes and easily revert to previous versions.

Keyboard shortcuts | Map Toolbar | Connections


Floating topics

Float topics without any connection to the root topic to create keys, indexes or maps including several main topics.

To create floating topics you just have to right-click any topic on your map and select "Disconnect".

 
Please note: Floating topics only work with the default map layout.

Map Types


Multi-Select

You can select multiple topics and apply the same styles, icons, and even notes, by using your operating system's key shortcuts.

  • Press SHIFT to select a range of topics with the same parent
  • Press Ctrl to select multiple single topics
  • Press Ctrl + A to select all topics
  • Press Ctrl+, Ctrl+ to select the next level left / right

You can then apply the same: format, icon, note, link, and task, to your topics with just one click.

Similar to a native desktop application, you can Drag & Drop multiple topics and also make use of cut, copy and paste to move your topics to another parent or map.

Please note: Cut does not work between maps.

Keyboard shortcuts


Copy and Paste

You can easily copy entire branches of ideas by using the Cut, Copy and Paste buttons in the toolbar. The same may be accomplished by using their respective keyboard shortcuts.

You can also copy an entire branch to another mind map by clicking Copy on the desired branch in the source mind map and switching to another mind map via the Map switch feature in the toolbar. Once in your desired map, clicking Paste will insert the copied material.

Please note: cut does not work between maps.

Keyboard shortcuts Map Toolbar


Map Types

There are several layout templates for you to choose from when starting on your first/new mind map.

To switch between or choose another layout/s, first, click on mind map properties, and then change the alignment as indicated in the screenshot below. 

 


Connections

Did you know that you can connect your ideas? This helps to highlight important aspects of your map, show the relationship between two topics or simply to optimize your map to match your personal way of thinking and working.

To add connections between ideas click the Connect icon located in the top toolbar (to the right of the big plus sign). Another way to add a connection is to press ALT+C after selecting the source idea of your connection.

You can access additional options or remove your connections by clicking on the circle at the end of your connection. 

Adjust the angle of your connection, add a label or change the color of your connections by using the connection drop-down menu.

 

Keyboard shortcuts Map Toolbar


Saving Your Map

All of your mind maps changes are saved automatically, so there is no need for you to click on a save button. Your idea will be saved as soon as you press ENTER after editing an idea.

You can undo and redo all changes by using the relevant keyboard shortcuts OR with the Undo and Redo buttons, located in the toolbar to the left of the search field.

Your entire mind maps change history is also stored automatically as separate revisions or versions. You can revert back to a particular version of your mind map (prior to a change made)  by making use of the History View.

Keyboard shortcuts History View