Things I do to speed up my use of MindManager

Here are some quick things I do to speed up my use of MindManager:

  1. Add frequently used functions to the Quick Access Toolbar by right clicking > Add to Quick Access Toolbar.You can order and group them by right clicking the QAT > Customise Quick Access Toolbar
  2. Declutter your menus and ribbons by disabling any Add Ins (this includes some that come with the application) you don’t use.  File > Options >Add Ins. e.g. most users don’t have Microsoft Project installed and can’t use the import and export.
  3. If your PC or the app crashes improve your chances of recovering the file by File > Options > Save: Tick – Always create a backup copy & I have Auto Recover set to 5 minutes.
  4. MindManager files are zip files (try copying and then changing a .mmap to .zip and look inside).  I use  File > Options > Save: Compression on saving: Super Fast.  This will increase file sizes.
  5. I like to have MindManager reopen all the maps I was working on when I closed it.  File > Options > General > Reopen last open local maps on startup
  6. If you are not using Mindjet Connect disable the Sign in on startup.  File > Options > Mindjet Connect
  7. Use the My Maps Task Pane to organise your maps into Projects, Clients, Administration groups. Attach frequently accessed folders.
  8. Create a master map which links to frequently used maps, folders and files.
  9. If you can’t see something on a map which you expected to be there: Try removing the filter or View > Detail > Show/Hide to turn the object type back on!
  10. My favourite short cuts keys are: Ctrl-f5 (to centre and fill the window), Ctrl-d (select a topic to toggle level of detail), Ctrl-t (to toggle the Notes view) and f3 (select a topic, f3 centres it and closes down other topics’ sub-topics)

About Andrew Wilcox

Andrew is an experienced user of MindManager who shares his knowledge and advice for free here. And provides commercial training and consulting on how to exploit MindManager and other mind mapping software applications in business, organisations and for individuals at Cabre For more information about Andrew please visit his Google + profile.


2 Responses to “Things I do to speed up my use of MindManager”

  1. Hi Andrew,

    Thanks for these tips and reminders. I really advice people to set the backup time to 5 minutes. This is something most people don’t know about… but they should!

    I can’t remember the number of times people asked me where they could find their maps back after their software crashed… So that is why I tell people to change this as soon as they start.

    Thanks again!

  2. Andrew Wilcox says:

    Hi Arjen

    Thanks for the “back up”!

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