Mind Mapping & Creative Thinking

May 18, 2009

iMindMap v4 users questions answered

If you have a question about the use of the iMindMap v4 then please post it here. I will do my best to answer your question.

I am a trainer and avid user of this software product.

Hopefully this will help those who have been searching for some answers or have other questions about the use or application of this software.

The more questions we get the more answers there will be for everyone.

I look forward to hearing from you.



  1. Hi. I recently purchased imindmap Ultimate. I noticed on its’ features list(site) that it integrates with Microsoft Outlook amongst other Microsoft Office programs. My question is how does it do this as I haven’t noticed any such commands on the task bar or for that matter, any email options. Thanks.

    Comment by Simone — May 30, 2009 @ 4:24 pm

  2. Hi thanks for the message. The link to Outlook is through the project management mode. It is a function which links from resources and uses Outlook as a calendar and the email addresses to send reminders to people who you have nominated for the task etc.

    I have to say although I use the PM function a great deal I do not use the link to Outlook as I don’t use Outlook any longer.

    Comment by Editor — May 31, 2009 @ 10:54 am

  3. Does anyone here know how I can tell what size my map is? I’ve only just created my first one and apparently it’s massive and when I try and print it on one sheet it reduces to just a corner of the sheet. Tech help at Buzan tell me I should make it smaller but make the text bigger but how can I tell exactly what will fit on a A4 sheet.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


    Comment by Yvonne Green — June 1, 2010 @ 12:54 pm

  4. Hi

    I don’t know if your proposal is still up, but if so:
    is it possible to change from V4-box-branches to multiline branches á la V3?

    I would very much appreciate your help!

    Comment by Thomas — July 2, 2010 @ 7:25 pm

  5. Hi thanks for the message. Yes you can multi-line as per v3:

    Adding Multiline text to branches
    For maps that require more than a few words per branch, you can add multiple lines of text to any of your branches. This allows you to add more detail to your Mind Map whilst still keeping your branches to a manageable length.
    Type your branch text after you have created your branch. The branch will automatically lengthen to fit your text label if the line of text is longer than the branch. If you have a text label that is longer than 40* characters [default setting], you can create multirows of text. To do this, shorten your branch using the blue target ring and the text will be adjusted to fit the new branch length by going onto two lines.

    The text will be placed on a maximum of two lines. If there is too much text to display fully on the branch when it has been shortened, ellipses (. . .) will be placed onto the end of the branch to indicate missing text.
    Note: You can set the default number of characters from between 10 to 199. This can be done via Tools main menu, Options and then Appearance in the ‘Number of Characters on Branch’ section.

    I hope that helps. Tim

    Comment by Editor — July 3, 2010 @ 8:47 am

  6. Thank you very much for your help!

    When I shorten the branch, the letters start to overlap, but no second line shows up. Maybe this problem just exists in the demo-version?

    But it’s not urgent anymore – I just moved back to Freemind. For the time being…

    Kind regards,

    Comment by Thomas — July 16, 2010 @ 5:17 pm

  7. This will be to do with the length of the line, you can’t make it too short. Freemind…… Nice but not as good and does not fit the rules of true Buzan mind mapping. Come back!

    Comment by Editor — July 16, 2010 @ 6:22 pm

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