Create Your First Mind Map

This article will help you to create your first mind map in MindMeister. It includes the following steps.


  • Select a map layout.
  • Add topics to your map.
  • Save your mind map.


Please note..

This article relates to a new, beta version of MindMeister. If you're not using it yet, you'll need this article for support on this topic.

How to Create Your First Map


Create a New Map


At this stage, you will create your first map.

  1. Go to and log in to your account.
  2. From the dashboard, select +New Mind Map from the top left of the screen.
  3. Select +New Editor from the menu. This will open your new map in the new version of MindMeister automatically.

Clicking the other templates will open the desired template in an older version of MindMeister. To open in the new version: 


  • Right-click on any map or template and select Open in new editor.

  • (Optional) Open Preferences under your user avatar and check the box to always open maps in the new editor. Read more about that here



You can change your map layout at any time. Alternatively, you can include multiple map layouts within the same mind map. Read the help center article on map layouts for further information.


You can customize your map’s appearance by selecting themes or customizing topics individually. Read the relevant help center article for further information.

Add Topics to Your Map


Central topic

Your mind map will start with a single central topic, named My New Mind Map as standard. Renaming the main topic of your map will automatically change the mind map’s title. To do this:


  1. Double click your central topic to edit the text.

  2. Enter a new name from your central topic/mind map.


First-level topics

First-level topics are connected directly to your map’s central topic. To add a first-level topic: 


  • Select your map’s central topic. Then, click on the + button or press INS or TAB to add a first-level topic. Or:

  • Select an existing first-level topic. Then, press ENTER to create a new topic on the same level.


Second-level and tertiary topics

You can add further detail to first-level topics by adding second-level topics to them and tertiary topics to these. To do this: 


  • Select the first-level topic you wish to expand. Then, click on the + button or press INS or TAB to add a second-level topic connected to it. Or:
  • Select an existing second-level topic. Then, press ENTER to create a new topic on the same level and connected to the same first-level topic.
  • Click on the + button or press INS or TAB while selecting any topic to add a new topic to the hierarchy level below it.


You can create as many levels on your mind map as you wish. A connected group of topics is called a branch.mind_map8.PNG


You can easily copy topics or branches with the Cut, Copy and Paste buttons in the context menu (or their keyboard shortcuts). You can also copy map topics or branches to another mind map (please note that cut doesn’t work between maps).

Deleting topics

Click on the delete icon or press DEL to delete any selected idea. Please note that you cannot delete your map’s central topic.

Floating topics

Floating topics are not connected to the central topic. They can be used to create keys, indexes or maps without a clear connection to the central topic.


To create a floating topic: 


  1. Right click on any topic in your map and select Detach to remove the connection and cause it to “float”.
  2. Right click on an empty space in the map and select Add floating topic.


Save Your Mind Map


All map changes are saved automatically. Your topic will be saved as soon as you press ENTER after editing a topic. You can undo and redo all changes by using the relevant keyboard shortcuts OR with the Undo and Redo buttons in the top-right of the screen. 


Share Your Mind Map


You can find detailed instructions for sharing your mind map in this article.



If you’re still having trouble…