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How do you use My Maps in MindManager?

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Do you use the My Maps tab on the right hand side of the MindManager user interface? I do.

Map shortcuts allow you organise collections of related maps.
Folder shortcuts gives you access to maps in your existing folders.

My Maps tab - folders and mapsThis is my general approach:

  • Map Shortcuts – collection title types
    • Index maps
    • Current projects, clients, product development
    • To do
    • Recurring presentations
  • Folder Shortcut
    • Projects
    • Clients


  • Both
    • Right click to remove, rename etc.
    • e.g. Use rename to
      • Add index numbers prior to the name to force the sorting by priority
      • Add the client name before the project folder name
  • Maps
    • Maps can appear in more than one folder
  • Folders
    • Sub-folders are not visible
    • Right click to open the folder in Windows Explorer to see all files and sub-folders

To make both sections work effectively you will need to cull the old folders and maps you no longer use. (I did some of that before taking the screenshot 🙂 )

Consider moving clients, projects etc to archive folders with Windows Explorer and link the parent archive folder to the Folders section in MindManager. Remember moving map locations can disrupt links from and to maps. All maps and files with relative links in a folder structure will work when they are all moved to a new location e.g a project with files and sub-folders.

Before you embark on organising your My Maps tab consider doing the all above in a master map. You can link folders, maps and files. You can show folders and sub-folders in a hierarchal structure. You mark the links and then filter the map.

Either way you have to be disciplined about it.

How do you do it?