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Using mind map templates

A map template is a mind map structure already containing some information with guiding instructions about a specific subject. It is an instrument for providing a practical solution to create a mind map, whether it is related to business, education, or personal use. Basically, a template provides the structure that brings together all the elements of a particular topic and serves as a starting point for a new mind map.

Template functionality

Templates can be found on the Dashboard of your account when clicking on "Create". You can also use the 'Search' functionality to find a specific template. Templates available on educational accounts are different from the ones available on a work/personal account.

You can also create a template from scratch using any of your mind maps.

When clicking on a template, a dialog box with the summary will open, explaining the purpose of the specific map template. A copy of the template will be added to your Dashboard.

Some topics may contain informative notes about the topic or branch, which are intended to help you.

Click on the arrow icon to start working on your mind map. You will be moved to the next topic with guidelines. Using the Next and Previous navigation buttons, you can move between the guiding instructions.

A template contains two types of topics:

  • descriptive topics which build up the structure of the mind map (1).

  • topics with input text which should be edited and filled in by you. Once you enter your information the background text will be replaced (2).

Template options

Some of the topics will contain additional resources like images, icons or text suggestions.

A template might have the option to choose an icon or an image from a specific list in order to add it to the selected topic. It might also have a list of suggested texts which will be added to the topic as a child topic.

Default branch

Some topics will have a branch attached by default. That means that when you insert a new 'child topic', this new branch will be added, instead of a new topic being inserted. This will speed up the process of creating your mind map by having at your fingertip predefined branches in case you need to repeat them several times.

If you have more than one answer for a particular question or set of questions, you can add multiple subtopics.

Use the keyboard shortcut to quickly create a topic: press the TAB key to insert an editable subtopic and ENTER to insert a sibling topic that you can fill in.

Removing template data

A map template predetermines the flow of your ideas with the help of a predefined scheme and auxiliary information. However, if you want to keep a clean and tidy mind map, you can choose to remove the template data. In this way, your mind map will contain only the facts and figures you considered relevant when you filled in the topics using the explanations from the dialog box.

Go to the more options icon in the top left corner of the template dialog box and select Remove to remove the template data.

You can choose to remove the template data for the topic or for the entire mind map:

The confirmation message 'The template data has been removed successfully' will be displayed.

Note

The business map templates are only available with a personal/work account. The educational templates are only available with an educational account.