Guide

How to use GitMind

Introduction

GitMind is a free 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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New folder

Create new folder

Go to “My mindmap”, right click on a blank space to select “New folder”. After creating a new folder, you can rename, copy, move and delete it as per your need.

Create mind map

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

new map

Use hotkeys

You can use hotkeys under “Node Operation”, “Adjust Interface” and “Edit” section. You can quickly view and learn how to use hotkeys by clicking “Question mark” icon at the bottom right.

hotkeys

Edit node

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 of the navigation bar to add nodes.

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

Insert node

Floating node

Two ways to add floating nodes:
1.Click the square shape icon on the upper toolbar to add a floating node.

2.Right-click anywhere and select “Floating node”.

Floating node

Delete nodes

Select the node and then press “Delete” hotkey to delete node. You can also right-click the node and then click “Delete” to complete operation.

Delete node

Move node

Replace Node: You can drag and drop the node with your mouse.

Redivide Node: If you cover the node B with node A, the node A will be the subnode of the node B.

Cover node
Move up/down Node: You can move up the node by holding down the “Alt” key and press the “Up” button on the keyboard. Or, you can drag and drop the bullets under the outline mode with your mouse.

Move up node

Copy node/branch

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

Copy node

Relation line

To connect two nodes, please select one node and click “Relation line” at the left toolbar. After selecting the other node, there will be a relation line. You can drag the yellow bars to adjust the position and click “X” to delete.

Relation line

Change theme

Pre-made themes

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 “Theme” icon on the left toolbar. And click “More” to have more choices.

Change theme

Customize style

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

Customize style

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

Change background

We prepare several map backgrounds for you to choose from, solid color, study note, grid texture and gradient color.

Change background

Layout

Select layout

Go to a new blank map, click “Layout” in the left toolbar to change layout. You can change it to Mind Map, Logic Chart, Tree Chart, Org Chart and Fishbone according to the actual need.

Select layout

Reset layout

If your mind maps are in disorder, you can click “Reset layout” in the upper toolbar to adjust the layout within one click.

Reset layout

Font

Partial formatting

Simply select one theme, then click the following buttons at the top navigation toolbar to set the font, font size, font color of a text and background color of the node. To highlight, you can change the color and add background color to the target text.

Font

Attachment

After selecting a node, you can choose to insert or remove hyperlink, image and comment. You can drag and drop to adjust the image size.

Attachment

Icon/Task priorities

Please select the target node and then click “Icon” at the left toolbar. To remove the certain icon, click the icon at the display box again. Click “Remove all” to remove multiple icons with one click.

Insert icon

Outline mode

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

Edit: Hit “Enter” to add a node, “Tab” to insert a subnode.

Export to word document: Click the “W” icon to export the outline to a word document.

Move up/down node: Drag and drop the bullets under the outline mode with your mouse.

Outline mode

Collaboration

GitMind endows you with the ability to make a mind map in a team. As long as you click “Invite collaborators” at the upper toolbar, you can collaborate with others. All the comments and edits can be synchronized.

Steps to Collaborate:
1. Invite collaborators via link or email.
One way to invite collaborators is via link. Simply click “Copy link” to send the link and invitation code to your friends or colleagues. The other way to invite members is via Email. As long as you input Email and press Enter key, you can invite them successfully.

Invite collaborators
2. The collaborator input the code and apply to edit.

Invite collaborators
Invite collaborators
3. The owner permits the editing application from the collaborator.

Invite collaborators
4. When the collaborator finishes editing and leaves the editing page, the owner can fresh the page to update the changes.

Invite collaborators

Bulk operation

In the “My mindmap” page, click “MultiSelect”.
Please select the folders you want to operate in bulk, then rename, copy, move or delete the folders.
With this function, users can save great time and improve the working efficiency.

Bulk operation

Save

The mind maps you make can be saved automatically in the cloud. If you have a weak network connection, please don’t leave the page and manually by clicking “Save” at the upper toolbar.

Save

History map

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

Restore history map

Share

Click “Share” at the right upper corner to share your mind maps. In the new pop-up window, you can click “Copy link” and share it to Facebook, Twitter, and Telegram to earn GitMind points. You can also set a password and time period for the shared map. Additionally, you can let viewers copy your map or not.

Share

Import/Export

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

Share
Please click “Export” to export the mind map as image, text, and GitMind project.

Export

Conclusion

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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    Can you export the outline in anyformat other than Word? I have students using Google Platform and do not have access to Word. I would like to export the outline only as workable text. Thank you
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    How could I share my mind map to non team memebers.
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    • https://gitmind.com/faq/how-to-use-gitmind.html#_17-chapterYou can copy the share URL and send it to others. Even though he/she does not have GitMind account, he/she can still view the mind maps.
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    When I share a flowchart with someone, my friend was asked to login when he opened the link on a mobile phone. He can view the flowchart without such problem on PC.
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    • Sorry, it's not possible to view flowchart on mobile phone now. Thanks for your suggestion.
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    can i export 'customized theme' or copy/past to other mindmap?
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    • Sorry, it's not possible now. Thanks for your suggestion. Please look forward to version updates.
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    Après avoir créé un compte, j'ai voulu utiliser GitMind en français mais tout est en anglais !!!! Je suis allé voir sur Internet si je pouvais modifier la langue mais je n'ai rien trouvé.
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    • Hello, you can log in to your account on https://gitmind.com/fr/. Then all languages would be in French.Bonjour, vous pouvez vous connecter à votre compte sur https://gitmind.com/fr/. Alors toutes les langues seraient en français.
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