The MindManager Options I change from the default values

MindManager has a range of settings which are accessed via the File tab > Options. Here are the ones I change, most are applicable to previous versions of MindManager. Click OK whenever you change a page of settings.

  1. General
    • I tick Reopen last open maps on start up but if like a cleanstart use the Open document on startup: to point at your dashboard map.
    • I raise the Recently used files list: to its maximum 15
    • I untick Enable online help. Normally the built in help is enough
  2. Edit
    • I untick Auto-balance new main topics.  It disconcerts me when main topics start moving.
  3. Save
    • I tick Prompt for Map Properties on first save  Just I ever want to add some meta tags to the map and it shows you whether you are identified as the author etc. of the map.
    • I Always create a backup copy .BAK before saving maps. Self preservation in a hostile environment.
    • I Save Autorecover info every 5 minutes. As above.
    • I set Compression on saving to Super Fast. Disc space is less of problem these days and you don’t want to be held up by the auto recover save every 5 minutes.
  4. User Information
    • Fill it in. It is automatically transferred to map properties. Note it will not overwrite information that is in a template map e.g. Mindjet’s
    • I have never found out where the web site and logo information are used. They could be incorporated in a web export.
  5. Spelling
    • If your text is being incorrectly corrected the Autocorrect Options are in here. 🙂
  6. Topic Alerts
    • If you don’t want your Topic alerts synchronised with Outlook untick.
  7. Add-ins
    • Turn off the ones you don’t use, including those that come with MindManager. eg MPX and MS Project Export

Hope you find that helpful.  Do you have any recommendations or questions?

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4 Responses to “The MindManager Options I change from the default values”

  1. Andrew Wilcox says:

    Maurice you can adjust the Ink Input Field Height in Options > Tablet PC.

  2. Alex says:

    A great list Andrew.

    My list of changes to the default values are similar to yours. I’ve got one or two extra changes I make to the File/Options settings.

    Edit: Increase the number of Undos
    Save: Change the default document location, in my case to a Dropbox folder
    Add-ins: Check that the add-ins I want are running, especially if they’ve just been installed
    Task Info: Review the days of the week and hours in the Calendar for New Maps
    Marker Index: In MM2012, (or Power Markers if installed on earlier versions) – check the financial year and change as appropriate (eg, 1st July to 30 June in Australia),

    And of course there is the Quick Access Toolbar to modify, though you don’t do this through the Files tab.



  3. Maurice Poole says:

    Great tips, Andrew. Also interesting contribution from Alex.

    One tip I’d like to see, which I am sure you have at your finger “tips” is, finding the settings to increase the height of topic and sub-topic ink-entry space. I liked that in earlier versions but where is it in MM 2012? Always the way, isn’t it? Know what you want from old versions, practically certain it’s there somewhere, but someone hid it.

  4. Andrew Wilcox says:

    If you find your typing is being incorrectly corrected, adjust the settings in File > Options > AutoCorrect Options

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