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Create a mind map template

A template is a mind map pattern that already contains some data with guidelines on a particular topic. It is a tool for implementing a sketch map for a particular topic, whether it is related to business, education, or personal use. In essence, a template offers the framework that serves as a starting point for creating a new mind map.

Anyone can create his/her own map template. If you're a business consultant, maybe you need the same basic structure of a mind map but with different information from several clients. Or maybe you're a teacher who wants to give students indications or suggestions to start their own mind maps or to become familiar with their structure.

How to create a template

Any mind map can be turned into a template map. Once you have a mind map structure (topics and subtopics) on your canvas, click on the arrow icon on a topic (1) to enter its context menu. Click on the more options icon (3 dots), select Tools, and choose Edit template. Now you can start adding information/guidelines in the template panel.

After making changes in the dialog box, click on the Preview (1) button to preview your changes. Then click on the Edit icon, on the left corner, to return to the editing mode and continue working on your template.

Fixed/Input topics

Depending on whether the person working on your template will need to type in the content on topics or not, there are two types of topics available:

  1. A descriptive topic, which doesn't require filling in. Choose the "Fixed" option to add such a topic. This means that when navigating between topics, the cursor will skip the fixed topic and it will go to the next topic/subtopic.

  2. In case you wish to have topics with background text which need to be edited and filled in, then select the Input option. This allows you to have background text added to your topic, which will be replaced by the content typed in by the person who will work on the template.

Adding information to the template

The dialog box has a top toolbar with several options to support you in creating your template.

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Once you have made changes to your template, click on the Preview button to save and preview your changes.

  1. Select the type of emphasis for your text - Bold, Italic, or Underline before typing.

  2. If you want to include a list in your text, choose whether it will be Bulleted or Numbered. Replace the default text with the text you want.

  3. Choose the Hyperlink option if you want to insert a link in your template panel. Replace the default text with the link you want to insert.

  4. To add images to your template panel, choose on the "image" icon (1) and replace the default text between the brackets with the link of the picture.

  5. You can create a list of suggested images, which can be chosen by the person working on your template. Insert the link of the image and replace the default text between the brackets.

  6. You can create a list of suggested icons, which can be chosen by the person working on your template. Insert the link of the icon and replace the default text between the brackets.

  7. Click on the "pen" icon to create a list of suggested pieces of text. Replace the default text between the brackets with the content you want.

  8. Adding commands inside the template can be done by clicking on the desired command from the list below. Whenever the person working on your template clicks on it, the command will open a panel allowing them to perform the desired action (add icons, add images, print their map, etc).

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Make sure to always click on the “Preview” button to save and preview your changes on each topic.

Add a default branch

You can add a default branch with one or more subtopics if you want to allow adding multiple answers, for a specific issue or set of issues.

Click on the topic/subtopic/branch you want to copy. Enter the context menu and click on the last icon, then select Copy (1) or alternatively use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+C to copy it.

Then click on the topic/subtopic you want to paste it to and, on the dialog box, select Paste (2) then Save (3).

The topic/subtopic/branch added will automatically appear when you want to insert a new one (3). You have the option to Update or Remove it anytime from the same dialog box.

Edit Start Page

To edit the start page, the summary dialog box which will appear when you or others open the template, go to more options icon then click on Edit Start Page.

Here you can add a picture of your choice, and a small summary of what the template is about and how it will help the contributor.

Publishing templates

To share your mind map template with others, you need to make it publicly available. First, publish your mind map.

Then go to the more options icon and tick off both options: publish template and read only.

Then when you share your mind map with others, the copy and edit option will appear on the upper left corner.

By clicking on this option, a new tab will open, and your collaborator will be able to complete a copy of the template with the same characteristics.