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Importing Mind Maps

Import mind maps directly from your computer, Google Drive or Dropbox.

Import from plain text

Import a text file (.txt) or simply paste a plain text and turn it into a mind map. Go to ‘Import’ from the dashboard and choose 'Plain Text'. Paste/type in the text and mark the hierarchy of the topics with indentations:

Import from other mind map formats

You can import files from other mind mapping applications. In the process of importing, we try to preserve the original layout of the maps however, changes may occur due to the differences between the features.

Supported mind map formats:

  • Mindomo file (.mom, .pmom)

  • MindManager file (.mmap)

  • Freemind file (.mm)

  • Mindmeister file (.mind)

  • XMind file (.xmind)

  • Bubbl.us file (.xml)

  • SimpleMind file (.smmx)

  • iThoughts file (.itmz)

Import from OPML

The structure of your mind map will be based on the hierarchy of the OPML file.

Import from Excel

To import an Excel file, click on ‘Import’ from the Dashboard and choose the Excel (.xlsx, .xls) format. According to your choice, build the hierarchy horizontally (starting with the columns from the first row) or vertically (starting with the rows from the first column).

  • Horizontal view:

In the first row, column A will be the central topic, then from column B to D, all columns become main topics. Afterward, each row from column A (2, 3, 4, 5) will become subtopics for each of the main topics. All the other subtopics will be created starting with the second row from column B and up to the fifth row from column D.

  • Vertical view:

In the first row, the first cell in column A will be the central topic, then the rows (2, 3, 4, 5) from column A will become the main topics. The first row from each column from B to D will become the subtopics for each of the main topics. All the other subtopics will be created starting with the second row of column B and up to the fifth row from column D.

Note

With a free Mindomo account you can use any of the import formats within the 3-map limit.

Import a Markdown file

When importing a Markdown file, the first two levels of the topics will be defined by hashtags and the following levels by either hashtags or special signs that start with tab spaces. For example, one hashtag becomes the central topic, two hashtags become the main topics, and the lines marked with three hashtags or marked withdash (-), an asterisk (*), or plus (+) will become subtopics of the main topics, etc. When there are lines marked with special signs, the Tab space needs to be used as follows: level three will start with no spacing followed by a sign, the fourth level will start with a Tab and a sign, the fifth with two tabs and a sign, etc.

Markdown hyperlinks will be imported in three different ways:

  • hyperlinks that have the referenced word between square brackets and the hyperlink between round brackets, without a space between them, will be added to a specific word in the topic.
  • hyperlinks put between angle brackets (<>) will be added to the topic as text.
  • hyperlinks marked with the word Hyperlink will be added as a hyperlink in the Hyperlink panel. In Markdown, the hyperlink will be added after a line marked with a hashtag or dash, and the link itself will be put between angle brackets (<>)

Task information such as Progress, Priority, Start, and Due will be imported as Priority, Completion, Start date, and End date in the topic's Task Info panel. In Markdown, these elements need to be listed after the topic they belong to with an empty line between them.

Any text separated with an empty line from a topic or task information will be imported as a Note.

Your original Markdown view:

View of your Markdown file when imported as a mind map: