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How to Create A Mind Map on Microsoft Word

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Posted by Daniel Belisario | 08/18/2020
Mind maps are perfectly used in many situations like a brainstorming session, which enables you to present ideas more effectively. Follow the below steps to create a mind map on Microsoft Word.

Microsoft Word is equipped with creation and drawing tools that are easy to use and navigate. It is also easy for beginners to create simple mind maps with basic shapes and lines.

Now, all you have to do is follow the steps below so that you can effortlessly create a mind map in Microsoft Word in minutes.

Create Mind Map in MS Word

3 Steps to Create a Mind Map Using Microsoft Word

Step 1: Open MS Word and Select Avaliable Shapes

In a new Word document, you can find most of the tools that you will use in the Illustration group on the Insert tab. Click Shapes to open the collapsed menu that has the basic shapes for making a mind map. You can use rectangles or circles to represent the central topic and subtopics, and label the shapes with text boxes.

Basic Shapes in Word

Step 2: Start to Draw a Mind Map

Now, you can start to create your mind maps by using the shapes in Word. When you draft out the map and place all the topics, connect them with straight lines or arrow lines to represent relationships between different topics.

Step 3: Format Your Mind Map

When the mind map is finished, click on the selected shape (topic or line), and then the Format tab will show on the Ribbon, where you can change the properties of the shape. Alternatively, right-click on the shape and select Format Shape on the context menu to open the right Format Shape pane.

How to Insert a Mind Map into a Word Document

For better mind mapping solutions, try MindMaster, which is specially-designed for making mind maps. It's different from Microsoft Word because it supports to collaborate with other team members on the cloud's file storing and sharing capabilities. What's more, its export feature allows you to create a mind map and effortlessly insert it into a word document.

MindMaster: a full-featured cross-platform mind mapping software

  • Easily create mind maps, fishbone diagrams, timelines, bubble maps, etc.
  • Provide 33 different types of themes and over 700 stylish cliparts.
  • Available on multiple platforms, including PC, mobile, tablet, and web.
  • Seamlessly collaborate with teammates in real-time, anywhere, at any device.
  • Compatible with various file formats, such as MS Office, Visio, PDF, JPG, etc.
1. Open a Blank Mind Map Drawing Page/Choose a Built-in Template

On the File menu, click New. Select Mind Map in Template Categories list and then choose a template.

Make a Mind Map in Edraw

2. Add Main Topics and Subtopics

Simply press Insert key to add Main Topic shapes on the canvas. You can also select a shape and click the floating button to add a topic or sub-topic.

Click Floating Button

3. Add Content to Mind Map

To add text to shapes: double-click the shape and type text in the nodes now.

To add marks and clipart to shapes: go to Mark and Clipart panes on the right side of the canvas, there are various marks and clipart, such as priority numbers, flags, resource numbers,etc. You can just drag them onto nodes.

Tips: you can also insert pictures and add them into shapes.

4. Change Theme of Mind Map

Navigate to the right Page/Topic Format pane, where you can choose to change the theme, layout, connector style of the mind map.

Arrange the Mind Map Theme

5. Export Your Mind Map into a Word Document

When your mind map is complete, click the export button on the Quick Access Toolbar and choose MS Word File. See the video below and get to know more.

Mind Map Templates for Word

Abundant mind map templates are offered to help users make a professional-looking mind map. Everything becomes extremely simple with our mind map templates. They are easily editable, high on readability, and rich in visuals..

Mind Map Templates

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