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Using Windows Environment Variables in MindManager Hyperlinks

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Windows has a set of variables which work wherever Windows is installed. Maybe you have booted from a USB drive or decided your home drive should be Z:. You can use these variables in MindManager hyperlinks.

For example:

  • “%windir%\System32\calc.exe” as an absolute link will start an instance of the Calculator (It may not be in the foreground).
  • “%UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Mindjet\MindManager\14\Library\ENU\” will open your library folder.

You need to use the Open outside MindManager option or press Ctrl when you click the hyperlink on the map.

Here are some more variables:

  • %AllUsersProfile% – Open the All User’s Profile
  • %HomeDrive% – Opens your home drive e.g. C:\
  • %UserProfile% – Opens you User’s Profile
  • %temp% Opens – temporary file Folder
  • %systemroot% – Opens Windows folder
  • %windir% – maps to Windows folder

If you send a map with links of this type to other Windows users it will work on their PC regardless of how they have set it up.

My inspiration came from here: Is there a list of Windows special directories/shortcuts (like %TEMP%)? . Many commands are listed and there is a link to a page with many more.

Perhaps I could create a PC maintenance map?


Using MindManager to create a Financial Information Map

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

The map below is the one I use to get at all the tax and financial information I need to run my business. It contains links to government web sites and documents e.g. HMRC, VAT, PAYE. There are links to my company documents stored on my PC (they all link to a dummy document in this version) templates for dividends & minutes or the actual documents or copies of documents produced by submitting my VAT etc.

There are also topic alerts to remind me complete my next VAT Return or Corporation Tax.

There are links to my on-line banking sites. You will have noticed I blanked out the user names and passwords. The map I use only contains discrete reminders.

There is also a set of topics that maps out how to complete the PAYE processing required once a month. I can never remember where all that stuff is.

What is the benefit of this? One place to go to get at all my financial information and to add knowledge as I find it. If I could discover the way to get direct links in to my accountancy package they would be there to.

Click on the image to see a full size map. All the links to web sites can be clicked. You can download the MindManager map and some of the linked documents as a starter for ten for your financial dashboard.

A MindManager map with links to tax and finance web sites: HMRC, VAT, PAYE, Corporation Tax  Includes downloadable documents and and the orginal MindManager map

Using MindManager to commentate and play music at a cricket festival

Monday, February 18th, 2008

For the last six August Bank Holiday Mondays I have used MindManager to assist me with the commentary and play the team’s anthems etc. at the Cheriton Sixes Cricket Competition. How does MindManager get involved? I have my Tablet PC connected to the PA and several maps which link together to provide a virtual jukebox / mixing desk.

One click on the right place in the right the map, and the crowd and players, hear “It’s All right Now” or a duck quack (for those out for nought) or perhaps a snippet of Geoff Boycott’s comments (someone’s alias in 2006 was Jeff Boycott).

My top level map has the opening anthem “Fanfare for the Common Man” played by ELP and then links to the team maps and various song and sound effects maps.

The (eight) team map is colour coded to match the team strips. For each game, I open that team’s branch and hopefully I have a numbered list of cricketer’s names whose shirt numbers match the list. I can make notes against the names for the various prizes or identification. One click on the teams hyperlinked tune sounds their anthem out of the speakers. So a good dismissal or a six is quickly rewarded with a blast of “Wild Thing” or similar.

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mindmanager map of the 8 teams, their strip colour, team members, and anthems

The MindManager icon in the centre of the map links back to the parent which links to the sound effects map and a map with all the tunes I am likely to use e.g “Here comes the sun” or “Here comes the rain again”

Secondly I have taken the organiser’s Word document, tidied up the styles and imported it into MindManager.

Then by arranging the map and notes pane suitably, I have immediate access to relevant parts of the rules. Breaking up all the paragraphs in to sentences helped readability. A click on any of the rules topics brings up the relevant sentences in the notes pane.

Easier than handling pieces of paper when under a blustery gazebo at the edge of the boundary

The screen grab has been resized to 600 pixels wide and does not reflect the quality of the actual screen.

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Using MindManager's notes pane to give fast access to a cricket rule book

I also use MindManager to build a web site providing a record of the events – Cheriton Sixes 2006 & 2007.