Creating a mind map

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Creating a mind map

Creating a mind map

A mind map is a hierarchical diagram with a central idea, or image, at the centre of the map surrounded by branches that extend from the central idea. Inspiration mind maps follow the techniques developed by Tony Buzan and others. Mind map branches contain supporting ideas, or topics. Higher level topics are closer to the central idea. A first-level topic is an idea that supports, or relates to, the central idea. A second-level topic is an idea that supports a first-level idea, and so on. As you add ideas, the branches can grow to contain many levels.

When you create a mind map using Inspiration, you enter your central idea, then add the supporting ideas. You use text and symbols to describe or represent the ideas. You can show a connection, or relationship, between ideas on different branches using a relationship link. And you can use notes to expand each idea. After you add ideas, relationship links and notes, you can use colour and other formatting options to emphasize the ideas and connections on the mind map.

In This Chapter

Uses of mind maps

Tools for creating mind maps

Entering your central idea in Map View

Adding topics to the central idea on a mind map

Adding topics to a mind map

Adding topics to a mind map using the RapidFire tool

Adding symbols to a mind map

Showing a connection between two topics on a mind map

Adding notes to a mind map

Creating a mind map from a diagram

Creating an outline from a mind map