Guide

How to use GitMind

Introduction

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.

register

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.

import

3.Rename

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

rename

4.Move/Copy

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.

move

5.Delete/Recover

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.

delete

6.Insert map

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

insert

7.Split map

Open the mind map, select the branch, right-click and press “Split”, the branch will be split and it will generate a new mind map.

split

Use template

Use template

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

template

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 of the navigation bar to add nodes.

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

Insert node

2.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

3.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

4.Floating node

Right-click anywhere and select “Floating node”. You can choose another layout for the floating node.

Floating node

5.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

6.Change node width

Drag the frame/boarder of the node to adjust the node width for better layout.
change node width

Edit text

1.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

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

change theme

Change background

Change background

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

change background

Change layout

1.Change layout

Click “Layout” in the 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.

change layout

2.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

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.

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

Icon/Task priorities

Icon/Task priorities

Please select the target node and then click “Icon” at the right 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

Insert link

Insert link

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

link

Link recognition

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

Insert image

Insert image

After selecting a node, you can choose to insert image. You can drag and drop to adjust the image size. Click “X” to delete the image.

image

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.

image

Relationship

Add relationship

To connect two nodes, please select one node and click “Relation line” at the right 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. Press “Space” to edit text on the relationship.

Relation line

Edit relationship

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

relationship position

Summary

Add summary

You can summarize multiple nodes under the same branch.

summary

Edit summary range

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

summary range

Customize summary style

Select the summary, then customize the line color, line style and fill color of the summary.

summary style

Comment

Comment

Click the node you want to comment, and then click the comment icon that appears in the upper right corner to enter the comment. If you don’t want to display the comment, click the button in the lower left corner to turn off.

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 “Focus” button on the upper toolbar. If you need to exit the focus mode, press the “Esc” key or click “Exit” in the upper right corner.

Focus mode

Collaboration

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

History map

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 & Export

1.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. You can also set a password and time period for the shared map. Additionally, you can let viewers copy your map or not.

Share

2.Export

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

Export

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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    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.
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    • You can refer to this guide to change the background. https://gitmind.com/faq/how-to-use-gitmind.html#_8-chapter
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    I want to download this software.
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    • You can download GitMind via this link. https://gitmind.com/download
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    Spelling errors are highlighted when typing, but there doesn't appear to be any suggested corrections within the app to be able to click on and replace misspelled words. Am I missing something?
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    I'm having issues when i'm trying to move some subnodes closer to the main node without moving it. How can i control distances between nodes?
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    • You can select a node and access the right toolbar. Click "Style" and customize node spacing.
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