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Adding Branches in Organic Mind Maps

Learn how to create and manipulate branches in the organic style mind maps.


To Adding Branches to Your Organic Mind Map:

Using the Organic Mind Map style will allow you to create free form branches in the traditional style. The text will be displayed along the branch. This style works best when you stick to one word per branch. 

1. The best way to experience true organic mapping is to click on the the green + icon and drag to position The Organic branches can be placed anywhere on the top and start from any point on the central idea.

To add branches quickly, use our handy shortcut. Use your keyboard arrow keys to move around the branches and hit Tab to create a new branch.

To quickly add additional child branches connected to the same parent branch, simply use the enter key. To add a new layer of child branches, use the tab key.

Draw a child branch using the plus icon and enter text

2. When your branch has appeared, type away and hit enter when done.

Build a hierarchy of mind map branches

3. To edit the text, double click on the text to bring up the text editor. The text will be automatically highlighted to allow you to make changes to the style. The text must be highlighted before changes will take effect. Please note that text alignment and carriage returns can only be applied to box branches. 

Double click a branch in Ayoa to edit it

4. The text editor options are at the top of the format menu and will allow you to change the style, size and color of the text.

Change the font, size and color of your branches

5. Click back on the canvas to close the menu and view your changes.

A mind map branch with emphasis

Adding a Box Branch

If you want to add more than one word to a branch, we suggest switching to a box branch.  A box branch contains the text in a box rather than along the branch. You can create a box branch by using the short cut 'Tab and SHIFT' on your keyboard. 

1. Hold Shift and tap the TAB key on your keyboard. A new box branch will appear. To create a sibling box branch ( directly underneath your branch) Hold shift and tap ENTER on your keyboard. 

Create a box branch in ayoa - perfect for blocks of text

2. The box branches will be added to the mind map. 

Organic and box branches within the same mind map


3. To change an existing organic branch to a box branch, click on the paint brush to open the formatting options in the top menu or with the right-click button on the mouse.

Click the paintbrush for branch formatting

4. Click on "Type" then, click 'Shape' and choose your preferred box shape. Click done to finish.

Convert an organic branch to a box

Changing the Curve of Your Organic Branches

Once added to your map, you can manipulate the organic branch shape to exaggerate the curves.

1. Hover over an organic branch to activate the control points.

Customise the curvature of your Ayoa mind map branches


2. Click and hold down on the control point to move and distort the branch.Control points on Ayoa branches

 3. To add additional control points to the branch, hold down shift and click on a space on the branch. To remove control points hold shift and click on an existing control point.

Add additional control points to branches


4. The more control points you add, the more curves you can add to a branch.

The more control points the more detailed you can shape a given branch


5. If you would like to remove all the curves you have added, click on display options menu, then in the menu list choose 'Clean up'.

Use clean up to tidy unruly mind maps


6. This will automatically tidy up all your branches, creating equal space and removing changes made using control points. Please note, once Clean Up has been used it cannot be undone. The clean up tool is only available in the organic mind map style as branches in the speed mind maps are automatically arranged. 

Clean up condenses wasted space around your mind map's branches

Increasing Branch Thickness

Customise the look of your organic mind maps even further by adjusting the thickness of the branches. Varying the thickness of the branches can completely transform the aesthetic. This option is only available for organic branches. Adjusting the thickness will apply to all the branches in the mind map. 

*This option is currently only available on the web app.

Adjusting the branch thickness of an organic mind map.

 1. Open the organic mind map.

Open a mind map in Ayoa

2. Click on the display option menu ( circled below).

Choose the display options


3. The branch thickness can be adjusted using the slider.

Adjust mind map branch thickness using the slider


4. Move the slider left to make the branches thinner, move the slider right to increase the thickness.

In Ayoa you're able to customise how thick or thin your mind map branches are