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Map Parts for MindManager Mac

Yesterday, I shared how to create a Map Part in MindManager 8 for Windows. As Catherine pointed out, I failed to explain what a map part is. Here goes: Map Parts are branches with topics and subtopic. Their purpose is to save time by allowing you to quickly add frequently-used or common information sets into your maps.

Here’s a quick recap on some ways map parts could be used.
Have other ideas? Share them in the comments!

  • Project Questions: key questions to help you define projects
  • Checklists: make your processes repeatable
  • Problem Solving: Andrew Wilcox shared an example that you can use as a map part to resolve issues systematically
  • Brainstorming: guide brainstorming sessions with helpful triggers
  • Meeting Notes: quickly record meeting notes in a map branch
  • Sales Discovery Questions: accelerate your sales processes with key questions that help you understand your client’s business
  • And more…

As you may already know, I’m relatively new to the world of Macs. I’m excited, but have to admit, a bit scared too. I feel silly, stumbling around, trying to do some really basic things. I’m learning though and hope to incorporate some more Mac posts soon!

So, without further ado, here’s a quick guide to map parts on the Mac:

Create a Map Part

Follow these steps to create custom map parts:

  1. Begin a new map.
  2. Enter or edit the topics you want to include in the map part. The map part will include only the first (upper-right) main topic and its subtopics; it will not include the central topic or any other topics on the map.
  3. Choose File > Save As Map Part.
  4. Enter the name of the map part. It will automatically be assigned the extension .mmmp
  5. To make the map part available in the library’s Map Parts pane, MindManager automatically saves it in the default folder:
    ~/Library/Application Support/Mindjet/MindManager/7/{language}/Library/Map Parts. The new map part will be available in the library’s selection of map parts.

Using Map Parts

Map parts provide a method for quickly adding commonly-used topics to your map. They are stored in the library and can be dragged onto the map or outline to create new topics.

  1. If the library is not already open click the Library toolbar button or choose Window > Show Library.
  2. In the library’s top pop-up menu select Map Parts.
  3. Drag the map part from the library to the map or outline. A visual cue will show you the new location for the topics.

MindManager Mac Map Part Tips:

  • To create a floating topic in Map View, hold down the Shift key as you drag the map part onto the map. This prevents it from attaching to another topic.
  • If you add a map part that you created its formatting may not match the rest of your map. To use the map’s default formatting, in Map View select the new topics from the map part and choose Format > Use Default Format.

Share how you’re more productive with Map Parts!


About the Author: Michael Deutch is Mindjet’s Chief Evangelist, content contributor for the Mindjet Blog and the Mindjet Connections newsletter. Get more from Michael on Twitter.

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