Despite XMind is not a software exclusively dedicated to Concept Mapping, it can be very useful for building rapid Concept Maps. Here are the 5 steps in recommend by Philippe Boukobza to visualize a Concept Map using XMind.

The article is more about how to visualize a concept map. We also have another tutorial covering brainstorming, structuring and finalizing concept maps, with examples and templates.

The tutorial below is originally from the famous mind mapping blogger:  Philippe Boukobza 

1. First step – Sketching ideas

In my opinion, the first step should consist in sketching manually a map or a list of the key ideas and concepts. This gives you the opportunity to organize your thoughts and explore various possibilities.

Related: How To Make A Concept Map (With Examples And Templates)

2. Second step – Central topic

Open a new blank map on XMind and write the main concept of your map into the central topic.

3. Third step – Creating links

Insert quickly new concepts and ideas using the “CTRL + L” shortcut. Once you have selected a topic and pressed “CTRL + L”, just click in the white space and XMind will automatically create a new linked topic. You can also link two existing topics using the same shortcut: select a topic, press “CTRL+L” and click on the topic you want to link with it.

Tip: Once you have created linked topics, it is important to maintain the “Alt” button pressed in order to move them freely.

4. Fourth step – Adding linking phrases

It is important to add short phrases on the relationships arrows between the concepts and ideas. You just have to click on each arrow and write a short phrase. XMind will add it to the relationship.

5. Fifth step – Completing the map

Complete the Concept Map with all the concepts and their relationships.

Tip: In order to balance your map, select various topics and use the alignment tool
(Modify–>Tool–>Alignment) to align them.

You may also improve the visual aspect of your map adding color. You can see the final map below.