How to use GitMind


GitMind is a mind map tool that is creative yet efficient. With its diversified themes and layout, users can quickly draw out mind maps, org charts, logic structure diagrams, tree diagrams, fishbone diagrams, and more. Also, this tool lets you share your mind maps with as many friends or colleagues as you want and collaborate with them. The mind maps you have created are stored and saved in the cloud automatically, which you can access right inside the web browser on your Windows, Mac OS, or mobile devices anywhere you go. Now please follow the manual guide below to learn how to use GitMind.

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Register & Login

1.Register & Login

Enter the GitMind official website, click “Login” in the upper right corner. Sign up or sign in to the account in the pop-up page. In addition to email, you can also sign up with Google, Twitter, Facebook and Apple ID.


2.My Account

Enter “My Account” in the upper right corner of the official website. You can modify the nickname, bind accounts, and change avatar here.

File Management

1.Create new

Simply click “New” to create a blank mind map or right click on the blank space to create new blank map.

new map

2.Import map

You can click “Import Local File” to import the local GitMind project and XMind Workbook.



Place the mouse on the file, right-click and select “Rename” to rename the file.



Place the mouse on the file, right-click to select “Move to” or “Copy to”, and then select the corresponding directory. You can also drag and drop to move the file.



Place the mouse on the file, right-click and select “Delete” to delete the file immediately. If you delete a file by mistake, you can find it in the Trash and press “Undo” to recover.


6.Insert map

Open the mind map, right-click at the blank canvas and select “Insert map” option. You can select the file, and drag it to the target position.

insert map

7.Split map

Open the mind map, right-click on the branch and press “Split”, the branch will be split and it will generate a new mind map. You can also right-click at the blank canvas and click “More” and select “Split map” option.


Use template

Use template

Enter the template gallery, select a mind map template, and click “Use Templates” button.


Edit node

1.Add node

Three ways to add nodes:
1. Select one node first, then press “Tab” key to insert the subnode, press “Enter” to insert sibling node and hit “Shift+Tab” to add parent node.

2. Select one node and then click the icons at the top toolbar to add nodes.

3. Access outline mode and hit “Enter” to add node, “Tab” to insert subnode.

Insert node

2.Move node

Select the node, drag it to another node. When an orange mark appears near the node, you can release the mouse to finish moving the node.

If you drag node A to node B, node A will automatically become a child node of node B.

In addition, you can also use the shortcut keys “Alt + Up” to move the node up and “Alt + Down” to move the node down.

Move node

3.Copy node/branch

You can press “Ctrl+C” to copy the selected node and paste it to another node. You can also select a branch and copy it to another mind map.

Copy node

4.Floating node

Right-click anywhere and select “Floating node”. You can insert multiple floating nodes in a mind map.

Floating node

5.Delete node

Select the node and then press “Delete” on the keyboard to delete node. You can also right-click the node and then click “Delete” option.

If you want to delete the selected node and keep its child node, you can select “Delete selected node” or press “Ctrl+Delete” on the keyboard.

Delete node

6.Change node width

Drag the frame/boarder of the node to adjust the node width for better layout. You can also select multiple nodes and change node width together.
change node width

Edit text

1.Partial formatting

Select a node, then click the button at the top toolbar to set the font, font size, font color of the text and fill color of the node. To highlight, you can change the color and add fill color to the target text.


2.Wrap text

If the text is too long and manual line wrapping affects editing efficiency, you can turn on automatic line wrapping.
Operation method: Log in and click “My account” in the upper right corner. Find “Settings”, and enable automatic line wrapping.

wrap text automatically

3.Find & Replace

Open the mind map, right-click on the blank canvas and click “Find & Replace” option. You can also tab “Ctrl+F” to access the function.

find and replace

Change theme

Change theme

After creating a new blank map, there will be a theme by default. If you want to change the theme, you just need to hit the magic wand icon on the top toolbar to apply a random theme. You can also click the Style button at the upper right corner and select from built-in themes.

change theme

Change background

Change background

You can click the Style button at the upper right corner, pick a solid color background or apply built-in backgrounds.

change background

Change layout

1.Change layout

Click Style button at the upper right corner and select “Layout” option. You can change it to Mind Map, Logic Chart, Tree Chart, Org Chart and Fishbone according to the actual need.

change layout

2.Change branch layout

You can also change the certain branch structure. Click Style button at the upper right corner and select the target branch. Choose “Style” option and then select the structure.

change node structure

Customize style

1.Customize style

If you are not satisfied with built-in themes, you can customize by yourself. Please access “Style” at the right toolbar. You can customize node spacing, background color, line, border, shape here.

Customize style

2.Multi-branch color

If you want to customize the branch color in a short time, we also provide several series of branch color here.

multi branch color

Outline mode

Outline mode

You can edit, export and view the whole map under outline mode.

Hit “Enter” to add a node, and “Tab” to insert a subnode. Press “Shift+Enter” to wrap text.

Outline mode

Icon/Task priorities

Icon/Task priorities

Please select the target node and then click “Icon” at the right toolbar. To remove the certain icon, select it and then click “Remove” option.

Insert icon

Insert link

1.Insert link

After selecting a node, you can click “Insert” option at the upper toolbar and input a link.


2.Link recognition

After pasting a link in the node, it automatically recognizes the link you input and inserts the link.
Link recognition

Insert image

1.Insert image

After selecting a node, you can choose to insert image. You can drag and drop to adjust the image size. Right click on the image to remove the image.


2.Adjust image position

After inserting an image, you can drag and drop to adjust the image position. The image can be placed above, below, or beside the text.

image position

Insert note

Insert note

After selecting a node, you can choose to insert note.


Insert equation

1.Insert equation

If you want to insert a formula, you can click “Insert” on the top toolbar. Find the formula on the right side of the formula list and press the send button to input.

insert formula

2.Search equation

If you can’t find the formula you need in the formula list, you can go to the Common Formulas article. Copy the Latex code into the formula input box, and press the send button to enter it. If you still can’t find the formula or symbol you need, you can drop us an email to

search formula


1.Add relationship

To connect two nodes, please select one node and click “Insert” at the top toolbar. After selecting the other node, there will be a relation line. You can drag the yellow bars to adjust the position and click “Delete” button on the keyboard to delete. Press “Space” to edit text on the relationship.

Relation line

2.Edit relationship

Drag the start knot and end knot to adjust the relationship position.

relationship position


1.Add summary

You can summarize multiple nodes under the same branch.


2.Edit summary range

Choose the summary, and drag the yellow borders of the frame.

summary range

3.Customize summary style

Select the summary, then customize the line color, line style and fill color of the summary. You can also customize the child node style.

summary style


1.Add comment

Click the node you want to comment, and then click the comment icon that appears at the upper right corner to enter the comment. Click “Show all comments” to view all comments.


2.Close comment

To close the comments, you can click “More” option at the upper right corner and click “Show comments” switch button.

close comment

Format painter

Format painter

Select a node, click “Format Painter”, and then select another node, all formats of the first node will be copied to the second node.

Format painter

Focus mode

Focus mode

Open the mind map, click the “More” option in the upper right corner and select “Focus” function. If you need to exit the focus mode, press the “Esc” key or click “Exit” on the upper right corner.

Focus mode

Share & Collaborate


If you want to share the mind map with others, you can click the “Share” button at the upper right corner and choose “Anyone with the link can view” option.
If you want to set a password, you can click Share settings, and generate a random password. Of course, you can also select “Anyone with link can save” option.
If you want to close share, you can select “Link sharing off” option. Then others cannot view this file any longer.

share only view


GitMind endows you with the ability to make a mind map in a team.
Step 1: Click the “Share” button at the upper right corner and choose “Anyone with the link can edit” option.

share link to collaborate
Step 2: Then other team members open the file and can edit on the same mind map together. If someone is editing on a node, you can find his/her account name beside the node. If he/she finishes editing and does not select the node, the account name will disappear.

collaboration status

History map

History map

If you want to restore the history version of your map, you can right-click on the blank canvas and select “Version History”.
Input the map name and then select a version to preview and restore.

Restore history map



Click “Export” to export the mind map as image, PDF, text, word document and GitMind project.


File migration

File migration

If you create multiple GitMind accounts and want to merge all files to one account, you can go to “My account” and “File migration” section.
Input the migration code of the other account. Then the files in the other account will be migrated to this account. Of course, the VIP status will also be migrated to this account.
You can find the migrated filed in the certain folder in the “My Files” section.

file migration

Contact us

Contact us

Please refer to the manual guide of GitMind as above, if you have any questions in using the service or have any other suggestions, please contact our support center.

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    Hello! You can right click on the canvas to insert a floating node.
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    Sorry, not supported now. Thanks for your suggestion!
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    I will try this software firstly and then give a comment
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    Thank you, I will try to use the application. very helpful in making mind mapping
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    How do I remove the default background.
    • You can refer to this guide to change the background.
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