Guide

How to use GitMind

Introduction

GitMind is a free online 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

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.

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, solid color, study note, grid texture and gradient color.

Change background

Layout

Select layout

Go to a new blank map, click “Layout” in the upper right 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 right 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 mind map in a team. As long as you click “Invite collaborators” at the right upper corner, you can collaborate with others. All the comments and edits can be synchronized.

One way to invite collaborators is via link. Simply click “Copy link” to send 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

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 click “History Version” at the upper toolbar.
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, click “Copy link”, you can send the link to your colleagues or friends to view the mind map. You can also set a password and time period for the shared map.

Share

Export

Please click “Export” to export the mind map as image or text.

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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    A key missing element is the opportunity to connect nodes with a regular line, not just the Relaitionline offered. Sometimes multiple nodes point to a single, final node. Relation line not enough
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    • Hello, if you want to conclude, you can select their parent node and click the "Summary" button. If you want to summarize several nodes under different parent nodes, it's impossible now. But we will improve it in the updates. Thank you!
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    Is it possible to edit the relation line? Like adjust the color; or change the side of the arrow or have an arrow at both side; or thickness? Curious how to o that, or to find documentation on that?
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    • Sorry, the relation line cannot be customized. Thanks for your suggestion!
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    Hello, the layout is having issues. I can't change to a mindmap layout with topic branches on left and right. It is all on the right now.
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    • Hello, you can drag and drop the nodes to the left side. Sorry, we have adjusted this logic. Some users would like to place the nodes by themselves. But we will continue to check the users' feedbacks.
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    I would love to be able to change the thickness of relation lines to indicate the strength of certain relationships. Please/Thanks!
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    • Sorry, do you want to change the line between node and subnode or the blue relation line connecting the nodes with the same level? You can go to the left toolbar, select "Style" and customize the line thickness. https://gitmind.com/faq/how-to-use-gitmind.html#_6-2-chapter
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    Hora de embaucarnos de aprendizaje .
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