Use Map view

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MindManager starts in Map view. This is the best view for creating and editing your maps and for getting the big picture of what the map covers. This view displays all the components of your map including floating topics, relationships, images and boundaries. You will probably do most of your work in this view.

For smaller maps, navigation is straightforward using the mouse. For large maps you may find it helpful to collapse and expand topics to make it easier to move around the map.
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Switch to Map view

To switch to Map view from another view click Map in the View tab Document Views group, or click Map view in the Status Bar.

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Navigate in Map view

You can also navigate through maps efficiently using the keyboard:



Arrow keys

Select the topic above or below or to the left or right of the current topic.
(For left and right arrows, the selection begins at the top main topic after you pass through the central topic to the other side of the map.)


Move to the next or previous topic, callout or subtopic. Use this method to visit each topic on the map in order. Floating topics and callouts attached to relationship lines are skipped.


Move back or forward through the history of topics you have selected.

For more information see Keyboard shortcuts.

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Orient a map

There are several ways to orient the map in Map view.

Pan and zoom

To move the map use the scroll bars along the map sides and bottom, or click on the map background or on the central topic and drag it.

Set the zoom factor for the map

Do one of the following:

On the Status Bar drag the Zoom Factor slider to the desired magnification level, or click Fit Map to fit the whole map into the window.


On the View tab, in the Zoom pull down, click the Zoom In /  Zoom Out buttons, or click Fit Map.

On the View tab, in the Zoom pull down, click a value in the Zoom Factor box, or enter a value and press ENTER.

For wheel-mouse users hold the CTRL key and use the wheel to zoom in and out.

  • Press CTRL+F5 to fit the whole map into the window.

  • press CTRL+0 (zero) for 100% zoom

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Center an object or the entire map

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Center the map and collapse all topics to one level

Do one of the following:

On the Status Bar, click the Expand arrow , and then click Collapse Map. Or On the View tab, in the Detail group, click Collapse Map.


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Use the Mini View

Use the Mini View window to navigate quickly through large maps.

Display the Mini View window

  • On the View tab, in the Zoom group, click Mini View.

When you first open the Mini View window, you'll sees a small simplified version of your map with a boundary line enclosing the active viewing area. You can move this window to keep it out of the way as you work on the map.

Use the Mini View window

  • Use the controls and to collapse or expand the window.

  • Click and drag the view area rectangle to another portion of the map.

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Focus on a topic

The Focus on Topic command is especially useful for presenting larger maps in meetings, to enable the viewer to see the topic's details without being distracted by the rest of the map. It shows the selected topic expanded to an optimum level, its sibling topics (collapsed), main topics (collapsed) and the central topic.

  1. Select the topic.

  2. Do one of the following:

    On the Status Bar, click the Expand arrow , and then click Focus on Topic. Or On the View tab, in the Detail group, click Focus on Topic. Or
    • Press F3.

If you want to expand the topic completely, press ALT+SHIFT+. (period).

The Show Branch Alone command (available in both Map view and Outline view) shows only the selected topic and its descendants. See an example of these commands ▼

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Show or hide map elements

It is not necessary to delete map elements that you do not want shown on your map. Instead, you can use the Show/Hide command to hide elements or topics in Map view. This can be convenient when you add information that is for your own reference and you want to print or distribute the map or use it in a presentation.

Note that Walk Through view has its own Show/Hide command.

Show or hide a particular class of map elements

  1. On the View tab, in the Detail group, click Show/Hide.

  2. Click the elements you want to show or hide.

The filter indicator  at lower-left shows when some map elements are hidden.

To see the default set of map elements again, do one of the following:

Right-click the indicator and then click Reset Show/Hide to Default. Or On the View tab, in the Detail group, click Show/Hide, and then click Reset to Default.

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Split the map view

You can split the map view either horizontally or vertically so you can see different sections of the map at the same time.

When the map view is split, the two panes can be viewed independently. This means in each pane you can select different objects, use a different zoom factor or level of detail, and even use different filters, or different views. The two views are kept in sync: Any changes you make to the map are immediately reflected in the other pane.

This is especially convenient when working with large maps. For example, you can display the entire map in one window to get an overview, and work on it, zoomed in, in the other window.

Do one of the following:

On the View tab, in the Window drop down, click Split, and then click Horizontal or Vertical. Or Right-click the map's workbook tab and under Split Window, click Horizontal or  Vertical

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Remove the split:

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