By Chris Dillon. Version 1, 7 September, 2009. Latest version at: www.quickanddirty.org.uk

1. Why mind-maps?

Mind-maps may be used for:

  • brain-storming
  • planning
  • preparing presentations
  • memorising complex data (use plenty of colour and different sizes of text!)

2. Starting MindGenius

On WTS, go to Start | Programs | Software and select MindGenius.

It opens a new file with untitled map in the middle.

Note: MindGenius files have a .ymap extension.

3. Creating a mind-map

Double-click untitled map and give your map a title.

To create a new “branch “(node), with the parent branch selected, just type the title of the new branch and click OK.

To edit a branch, double-click it.

To move a branch, right-click it and select Cut, click the branch beneath which you want it to go and then right-click | Paste.

Link two branches with the Mental Connection icon (with a curved double-headed arrow on the top toolbar). Click on one branch and drag to the other and drop. You get a dotted red line.

To change the colour and font size of text, click Details in the window where you enter text.

To add a picture to a branch, right-click it and go to Picture | Load.

You can add notes about each branch by switching on the notes window with View | Notes.

Add a file to a branch by right-clicking it and selecting Attachments | Add.

4. Creating a quick presentation

MindGenius mind-maps export nicely to PowerPoint: File | Save As | Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation but it doesn't include pictures or notes.

5. Limitation

MindGenius does not handle non-Roman fonts.

6. Further information

Help | Tutorial is very good.