Sometimes a relationship exists between two (or more) topics, and you want to illustrate this on your map. You can add a relationship line that connects two topics, and label it if you wish. The default formatting for the line is determined by the map's theme settings.

Special types of relationships are used to indicate Task dependencies.

What do you want to do?


Connect topics with a relationship

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Objects group, click Relationship.

  1. When you point to the first topic the cursor changes to the relationship cursor relationshipcur.bmp .

  2. Click the first topic, and then click the second.

  3. The relationship line appears to link the two topics.

Relationship lines follow an optimal path by default because their Auto Adjust attribute is enabled. If you move one or both of the topics connected by a relationship, the line will automatically adjust to follow an optimal path between the topics.

Add a callout (label) to the relationship

  1. Right-click the relationship line.

  2. Click Insert Callout.

  3. When the generic callout appears select it to enter your text.

  4. You can set an option to prompt for a callout for each relationship you add in the MindManager Edit options to auto-insert relationship callouts.

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Viewing partial relationships


When the topic at one end of the relationship is visible but the other is not (on a collapsed branch, hidden by a filter, or on a different slide) you will see a partial relationship on the visible topic.

When you point to the partial relationship, a hint appears that shows the name of the related topic.

If the related topic is not visible because it is on a collapsed branch, you can show it by double-clicking the partial relationship arrow. Related topics that are not visible because they are hidden by a filter or by the Show Branch Alone command, or on a different slide will not be shown.

If you prefer not to see partial relationships, you can disable this option in the Relationship pull-down (un-check Show Collapsed Relationships) or by using the MindManager View options.

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Modify the relationship


When you select a relationship, handles appear so you can re-shape it or change its connection point.

Change the shape of the line

Connect to a different topic

Remove a relationship

  1. Right-click the relationship line.

  2. Click Delete Relationship.

  3. Use the Show / Hide  command to temporarily hide relationships.

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Format the relationship

Change the line's style and color

  1. Select the relationship line(s).

  2. On the Design tab, use commands in the Object Format group to change the Line style, and Line Color.

More formatting options

  1. Do one of the following:

  1. Choose the desired attributes for the line(s).

  2. Click Map Theme if you wish to save all the relationship's format settings as the automatic formatting for relationships on this map, or reset it to the default formatting from the map theme.

  3. To reverse the end styles quickly, right-click the relationship line, then click Flip.

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Jump to relationship topics

Once you have added a relationship you can quickly jump to the topic at either end of the line. This is especially useful on large maps where the relationship spans a long distance.

  1. Right-click the relationship line.

  2. Click Jump to { topicname}. A Jump To command is displayed for the topics at both ends of the arrow.

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See also:

Filter topics

Task Info

Use Map Themes