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3 Ways Search with MindManager 8 Just Got Better

Part 7 of 8 in the blog series, ‘What’s Great in MindManager 8’!

Since joining Mindjet, I must have created several thousand maps. Planning maps, strategy maps, project maps, meeting maps, idea maps, demo maps, presentation maps, mental maps, spider diagrams…You name it and there’s a good chance that I’ve mapped it.

With all my maps, it was often hard to find the right map when I needed to find information for my current project. Now, MindManager 8 offers some great new features that make searching for maps & map content much easier.


Search is Always Visible
A new persistent search field has been added to the MindManager ribbon bar to make searching for content in other maps faster and easier.


The search field is also located in your Mindjet Connect Workspace Manager’s ribbon.


Advanced Search Options
When your maps are stored in Mindjet Connect, you can use MindManager 8’s additional search options to find content not only in your maps but also in files attached to your maps. In the Search pane, click ‘More search options’ to access this functionality.

  • Your search can include topic text, notes, hyperlinks, resources, text markers, and comments
  • You can turn on or off the ability to search attachments in maps stored in Mindjet Connect workspaces
  • You can turn on or off the ability to search other files stored in Mindjet Connect workspaces
  • You can include ‘hidden’ workspaces in your search
  • You can include ‘hidden’ files in your search

Several of these advanced options existed in MindManager 7, but the ability to search file attachments in maps and files in Mindjet Connect workspaces is new.


Mapped Search Results
Search results have historically been presented in a linear outline in the results pane. Now, you can send your results into a MindManager map, either creating a new map or sending the results to a selected topic.


Desktop Search
I used to be a fan of desktop search tools but when I joined Mindjet, I couldn’t use the tools to find content in MindManager files. That’s history now. With MindManager 8, you can use either Google Desktop or Window’s Desktop Search to find content in your maps. Never lose your great idea again!!!  I just reinstalled Google desktop and gave it a try. The search finds maps that either have titles or topic text that match your search criteria.

I’m looking forward to these new enhancements to help me be a more productive mapper. I know in the past, I’ve created multiple maps on the same topic. This should help me capture ALL my thoughts, not just my current ideas. Also, I’ll be able to tap into the collective wisdom of my teammates by leveraging the maps and files we have in our shared workspaces.

Hope everyone had a great weekend and a great Thanksgiving to those who celebrated it!

Check out the previous posts in this series:

Post 1: What’s Great in MindManager 8: Introducing the Mindjet Player

Post 2: Tackling Tough Tasks: MindManager 8’s Top Task Management Enhancements

Post 3: Context Matters: Edit Office Files Within MindManager Maps

Post 4: Browsing Within Your MindManager Maps

Post 5: Serving Up Web Services

Post 6: Visualize Your Data with the New Database Linker

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