Collapsing and Expanding Topics (Old Version)

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You can expand or collapse topics within your mind maps. Expanding topics allows you to see more detail at each level of your mind map, collapsing them hides detail and allows you to see a more simplified overview.


Levels of detail

You can choose between 3 levels of detail for your mind map: 

One Level: Only the topics connected directly to the selected topic are shown.

Two Levels: The topics connected directly to the selected topic and every topic connected to these are shown.

All: All topics connected to the selected topic are shown. 


Collapsing and expanding topics


You can collapse and expand topics with your mouse or keyboard.




  1. Right-click on the topic you wish to expand or collapse.
  2. Choose “Show Detail”
  3. Select the level of detail you wish to see.



Please note: The keyboard shortcuts only work for the entire mind map, not for each topic.


  1. Enter Alt+1 (Option+1 on Mac) for one level, Alt+2 (Option+2) for two levels, or Alt+9 (Option+9) for all levels