Mind maps are a tool that can really help you organize your thoughts when you’re developing an idea. And they’re easy enough to create in Microsoft PowerPoint.
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How to Create Mind Maps on PowerPoint
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1. Open a New Slide
Here’s an example of what a mind map can look like.
A mind map graphic like this one that we’re looking at here is a great way to organize your thoughts. Let’s start off from a new slide and go to Insert > SmartArt on PowerPoint’s ribbon.
2. Use SmartArt to Add Shapes
There are a variety of SmartArt styles you can use, but I’m going to go to the Hierarchy options and choose Horizontal Hierarchy. Next, I’m going to press OK.
3. Create Mind Map Branches
Use this mind map template to generate ideas. For example, I can start off with simple goal like: Get New Clients.
Then, I’ll branch off into two different strategies like Online Marketing and In-Person Advertising. If I wanted to add a third option, I could press Enter on my keyboard, and add that point new point.
Continue adding branches and shapes to your PowerPoint mind map graphic until it’s complete.
Using SmartArt in PowerPoint is easier to use than many other tools for when you’re constantly changing the idea behind your mind map. SmartArt is flexible enough to adapt as we think of and revise ideas.
Basically, all that you’re doing to create mind maps on PowerPoint is kind of letting your mind wander and rapidly building out ideas using the mind mapping feature in PowerPoint’s SmartArt.
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