Save time

More than 2,000,000 people are now using XMind for better productivity and creativity, like you and me. Let’s  imagine, what if every one of us can save even 5 second every day? As a result, we can totally save 2,777 hours, 115 days, 16 weeks. Here, we’ll talk about 3 ways to empower your XMind to make the imagination happen .

Customizable shortcuts

XMind 2013 has offered about 80 shortcuts for the frequent operations, like priority marker, boundary, drill down, zoom and etc. However, we know that everyone’s mileage may vary. And we have different preference for the combination of shortcut and command. So XMind makes it available for everyone to design their shortcuts to more commands.

Here, we will take the command of exporting to Excel as example

  1. Launch XMind, and click “Edit – Preference – Keys” to open the keys dialog.
  2. Filter the commands of “export” with the search box.
  3. Select the “Export (Microsoft Excel)” command.
  4. Click the Binding input box, and press the shortcut on the keyboard, such as “Ctrl + E”.
  5. Click the drop-down list under Binding input box, and select “Editing Mind Map” item.
  6. Click “OK”

Set shortcuts within preference dialog
Notes: you can view the current shortcuts by clicking “Help – Key Assist” from the menu.

Beautify the whole map with theme

An elegant appearance of our mind map can not only make the readers enjoy it, but also deliver more details of our mind. As you know, color and size of the words can be used to differentiate the different ideas. However, designing the style of the mind map is a time-consuming, and repeatable work. The theme functionality may be an excellent solution to this.

Apply the theme:

  1. Open the theme firstly by clicking “View – Theme”
  2. Double clicking on the existing theme to apply it

theme view

Notes: For XMind Pro users, you can design and extract your own theme for further usage. For more details, please click HERE.

Continue where you left off

What if the several mind map have not completed at the end of the day? Will we have to open them one by one at the next morning?  Actually, we just need to save the mind maps, keep them open and close XMind software directly. Then XMind will open these unclosed mind map automatically When it starts again. Of course, we need to make the settings below.

  1. Launch XMind, and click “Edit – preference – general” from the menu
  2. Select “Open maps unclosed last time” from the drop-down list after “When XMind starts”

Notes: We may use one mind map to manage our everyday working, some relevant files, or a large project. For these cases, we can set one local mind map as the home map, and set it “Open the home map” when XMind starts in the preference dialog.  No matter the home map was opened or not at last time, it will be opened automatically when XMind starts.