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Organic Mind Maps

Create your mind maps in the classic organic style. Draw radiating, curved branches associated with the traditional Mind Map, and there'll be no limits to your creative thinking.

Creating a new Organic Mind Map

1. Go to the Home Page and click 'Create new', then choose 'Mind Map'.

The +create new button with all the options.

2. Then click 'Create blank organic map'.Window to select the new map style.


3. Name your Mind Map and click on the 'Create mind map' button.

Window for naming the map.

To Add Organic Branches to Your Map:

Using the Organic Mind Map style will allow you to create free form branches in the traditional style.    

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.

Adding and naming the branch.

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

View of the parent branch with child 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. 

Highlighted text on the branch and opened format window.


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

Changing text size, style and colour with the format options..


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

Adding a Box Branch

1. When you hover over a branch, you will get the option to make a box branch. A box branch contains the text in a box rather than along the branch. 

Adjusting branch position with the 4-arrow icon.


2. Click on the blue icon to add the box branch. A new box branch will appear. Type in your branch text and use the desired formatting options. Use SHIFT and enter on the keyboard to add a line break when using box branches. 

Editing text on the box branch using the format options.


3. Hit enter to complete your branch.

The box branch with edited text.

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.

View of the branch with the 4-arrow and plus icon.


2. Click and hold down on the control point to move and distort the branch.

Adjusting branch position by grabbing and moving control point.


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.

View of the branch with multiple control points.


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

View of the branch with wavy line.


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

Settings in the Display Options.


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 in speed maps box branches are automatically arranged. 

View of the branches with images.


Changing an existing Mind Map to the Organic Style

If you would like to change an existing speed map ( box branch) style to an organic mind map style, you can do this at any time in the map settings.

1. Open your Speed/box branch map.

Mind map in the speed view.

2. Click on the drop-down next to Display Options in the top-right corner.

Speed Map view description.

3. Click on 'Organic Map'.

Drop-down menu for the maps styles.

4. The map will now be changed to an organic style. The branches will now be curvy, images will be removed from the box branches and added to the canvas. You will now be able to move the branches around the central idea and manipulate the branches curves using the control points.

Mind map in the organic style.