How to Create a Mind Map in Microsoft Word

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1. What is a Mind Map?

Ideas and concepts should be described in depth to someone who is unfamiliar with them. People have written books and elaborate papers to convey an idea or concept to others. Although such documentation is required, the material that is provided in extensive chapters must be condensed after some time to make it common and accessible to everyone.

This is where mind maps play a role, since a mind map is an informative diagram that gives its readers insight into a complicated topic or concept portrayed by a simple figure. It not only provides an in-depth explanation of the core idea, but it also includes any related concepts that are pertinent to the concept.

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2. 3 Steps to Create a Mind Map Using 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.

Step 1: Open MS Word and Select Available Shapes

In a new Word document, you can find most of the tools 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.

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Step 2: Start to Draft out a Mind Map

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

Step 3: Format Your Mind Map

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

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3. Easier Way to Create a Mind Map in EdrawMind

As one can see, it's certainly possible to make a mind map in Word, but due to the program's limitations, it may be difficult to create more complex diagrams.

Try EdrawMind, specially designed for making mind maps. EdrawMind runs on all avaliable operating systems, including PC, tablet, mobile, and web. The powerful export features will help you create a mind map and effortlessly insert it into a Word document.

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Step 1: Open a Blank Mind Map Drawing Page/Choose a Built-in Template

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

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Step 2: Add Main Topics and Subtopics

Simply press the 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.

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Step 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 the Mark and Clipart panes on the right side of the canvas. There, you can find various marks and clipart, such as priority numbers, flags, resource numbers, etc. You can drag them onto nodes.

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

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Step 4: Change the Theme of the Mind Map

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

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Step 5: Export Your Mind Map into a Word File & Empower Your Work

When your mind map is complete, go to File>Export>Office and choose Word. Then you'll get your mind map as a Word file.

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After exporting it into Word, you can modify your mind map in Word as you wish without returning to EdrawMind and exporting it again. Because EdrawMind helps you exchange your mind map as shapes and texts in Word, not only an image. Have a try now!

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4. Free 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 in readability, and rich in visuals.

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5. Key Takeaways

This article is quite detailed and shows how to easily create a mind map in Word. You may now simply grasp the concept of creating mind maps with an overview of EdrawMind and the technique that shows how to construct using this application. Because the tool's operation is simple and effective, it includes a full Template Center where you may construct mind maps using predefined templates. Let's start making your own mind map and inspire with more templates now!

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