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MindManager Macro’s can save you lots of time

Stop reading this if you are a Mindjet Web, Mac or Mobile user, it’s applicable for Windows users only.

Since MindManager 2002 you have been able to write macros to speed up your use of MindManager. I use them for tasks I do repeatedly which are not easily accomplished using select and the Ribbon or right-click Context Menu tools.

MindManager Hyperlink Context Menu

Hyperlink Context Menu

For example I produce maps which I export to the web so the world or a private group can use the content. Generally I like the hyperlinked topics to be in blue and bold, to highlight to the users of a clickable image map, that there is a link there. It is possible to select all hyperlinked topics using the Find tool and apply bold and blue to the font. (Open the Find > Options menu, tick the hyperlinks box and find “http://”) But I noticed Nigel Goult at Olympic Limited has a page called Mindjet Macros (FREE) page and it reminded of his expertise in this area.  To make my clickable image maps more search friendly, I also realised that I wanted the Alt text of the exported links to be the Topic Text and not the URL. A Skype conversation with him turned around the following macros very quickly:

I subsequently created another macro from these by copying and editing:

Download the macro by clicking the text.

I was also able to add the macros to the right-click menu of a hyperlink icon on a topic as shown in the menu above.

How do you do this?

MindManager Macro Organiser pane

MindManager Macro Organiser pane

Well the easiest route is to ask Nigel but you may wish to have a go yourself.  Open up the Macro Editor. It’s at the end of the View ribbon.  It’s similar to Visual Basic.

To use a Macro you need to add it to the applications using the View > Macros > Organize Macros tool.  I save my macros in a sub-folder of my user directory called My Mindjet/Macros (It also contains folders for all my Templates and Styles which I use via the Package Folders tool).  You will find a couple of macros already listed. Use the Add button to add a Macro file.

Macro Modify Menu

Macro Modify Menu

In the Macro pane you can add a macro to an existing menu. There are lots to choose from. The Hyperlink context Menu is appropriate for mine. You can also run macros directly from the Macro Organiser.  Also Activity Owner has an Add In called MyMapMacros for adding macros to the Ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar.

Editing macros can be done with the Macro Editor or a text editor. I simplified one of the macros Nigel produced for me. I made a copy of the macro file with a new name and removed a couple of lines from the code to stop the bold and blue commands:

tSelectedTopic.Hyperlink.TextToDisplay = tSelectedTopic.Text
tSelectedTopic.TextColor.SetARGB(255,0,0,255)
tSelectedTopic.Font.Bold=True

became

tSelectedTopic.Hyperlink.TextToDisplay = tSelectedTopic.Text

If you have something you do repeatedly which can be automated consider using macros. You could save yourself a lot of time and scratching of the head whilst thinking how did I do that last time.

Do you have any macros to share or a requirement?

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.

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4 Responses to “MindManager Macro’s can save you lots of time”

  1. What you could have said is you deleted lines 2 and 3

    tSelectedTopic.Hyperlink.TextToDisplay = tSelectedTopic.Text
    tSelectedTopic.TextColor.SetARGB(255,0,0,255)
    tSelectedTopic.Font.Bold=True

    became

    tSelectedTopic.Hyperlink.TextToDisplay = tSelectedTopic.Text

    Peter Stewart

  2. Andrew Wilcox says:

    I could but I like my reader to think a little and comment. :)

  3. Nigel Goult says:

    Glad the macro’s helped Andrew and thanks for the kind words.

    Let me know when there is something else I can help with.

    Nigel

  4. Andrew Wilcox says:

    Nigel,

    Thank you for all your great work on add ins to MindManager and supporting users for more than a decade.

    Cheers, Andrew

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