How to Make a Mind Map in Microsoft PowerPoint

This guide shows you the different methods and steps to create a mind map in Microsoft powerpoint. A mind map is an effective diagram used to think through your ideas, tasks, and concepts. You can create mind maps, then analyze and recall your ideas and sub-ideas from the mind map. It is a practical technique that helps you memorize your concepts and information, organize your ideas better, carry out a case study, simplify complex ideas, use them in project management, make plans, etc. .

Now, if you want to add mind maps to your PowerPoint presentations, what do you do? Simple, just browse this guide. Here I will discuss two different methods to create mind map in PowerPoint. Without further ado, let’s take a look at these methods now!

How to Make a Mind Map in PowerPoint

You can create a mind map in PowerPoint using a predefined template or use the Shapes tool to create a mind map from scratch in PowerPoint. Let’s discuss these methods in detail!

1]Create a mind map in PowerPoint using a predefined template

A pre-designed template is the easiest way to create a particular type of diagram. PowerPoint and other Office apps offer great templates for designing Gantt charts, roadmaps, calendars, and more charts. Fortunately, PowerPoint provides a mind map template for you to select and customize. You can search for a mind map template in its online template library and then edit it as needed. Let’s take a look at the main steps to create a mind map in PowerPoint presentations using an existing template:

  1. Launch the Microsoft PowerPoint application.
  2. Go to the File> New option.
  3. In the search box, type mind map and hit the enter button.
  4. Select a desired mind map template from the results.
  5. Edit the mind map template as needed.
  6. Save the presentation with the mind map.

Now let’s detail these steps!

First, launch the PowerPoint application and then click on File> New option. Now enter mental map in the search box and you will see some related models.

Just click on the named model Mental map then click on the To create button. It contains slides with several mind maps that you can easily edit.

Then you will see several slides with different sets of mind maps. You can select a slide and then customize the mind map to suit your needs. You can edit tasks, ideas and concepts in the existing mind map, add new nodes and child nodes using the Insert> Illustrations> Shapes tool, customize the theme to your preferences, change the shape format, change the graphics format, customize the text font and do more.

Also see: Freeplane is a free mind mapping software for Windows 11/10

You can change the node icon in the mind map template. Just select and right click on the icon and in the context menu navigate to the Change the graph and select a source to import the icon image. You can import icons from the built-in icon library, existing image files, online search, stock images, etc.

When you are done customizing the mind map, you save the presentation as PPT, PPTX, or publish the mind maps as PDF. Or, you can choose any other supported format to save the presentation.

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2]Use the Shapes tool to create a mind map from scratch in PowerPoint

You can also create a brand new mind map from scratch in PowerPoint using the Shapes tool. The Shapes tool lets you create different types of diagrams in PowerPoint presentations, including mind maps. You can simply insert multiple shapes, add text, graphics, icons, etc., customize the overall look and create your mind map diagram.

Before you start creating a mind map, plan out the central ideas and sub-ideas you want to represent and draft them in a text editor or on hard paper. This will make your mind map creation task in PowerPoint that much easier.

Here are the basic steps to create a mind map in PowerPoint using the Shapes tool:

  1. Open PowerPoint.
  2. Create a blank presentation or import an existing presentation.
  3. Now add a shape to insert a central idea or main task.
  4. Then add another shape representing a sub-idea or a sub-task.
  5. Connect the central idea and sub-idea nodes to the shape of the line.
  6. Repeat step (4) to insert multiple child nodes.
  7. Repeat step (5) to connect the ideas and sub-ideas.
  8. Add text to the added shapes.
  9. Insert icons to shape if you wish.
  10. Customize the theme and overall appearance.
  11. Save the presentation with a created mind map.

Let’s discuss these steps in detail!

Open PowerPoint and create a blank presentation or import an existing presentation that you want to add a mind map to. Then add a blank slide to the presentation.

Now you need to add a central idea and for that go to the Insert tab and from the Illustrations section click on the Shapes drop-down option and select the rectangle tool. I used a rectangle shape to represent the central idea, you can choose a circle or an oval or any other shape that can represent the main idea.

Create a rectangle in the slide and place it in the middle. Right click on the shape and press the Edit text option and type in the main idea.

Now go back to Insert> Illustrations> Shapes tool and select and insert an oval shape. This shape is added to represent a sub-idea. Just use the Edit text option by right-clicking the sub-idea node, and then enter the sub-idea.

Repeat the above step to add multiple child nodes to represent your ideas and insert text into them.

Then you need to connect the main idea node with the nodes representing related tasks or ideas. For this you can use a straight line shape in the menu Insert> Illustrations> Shapes. Your mind map will look like the screenshot below.

If you want to create a complex mind map with dots for sub-ideas or more central ideas, you can repeat the above steps accordingly.

After that, to deepen your ideas and mind map, you can insert graphics and icons. To do this, go to the Insert menu and from the Illustrations section, click on the Icons option. Now you can search and add any icons you want.

Plus, customize the shapes you used in the mind map to create a more impactful and engaging mind map. You can change the style of the shape, add effects to the added text, arrange the placement of the shapes, and customize the size of the shapes.

You can also right-click the slide and click the Format the background option to customize the background of the mind map. You can select a solid color, gradient, custom image, pattern fill, or texture fill.

The screenshot below is an example of a simple mind map. You can create more complex mind maps in PowerPoint using the described procedure.

See: Freemind: Free mind mapping software for organizing ideas and making plans

How to Make a Mind Map in Microsoft PowerPoint

You can now save the presentation in one of the supported formats.

Hope this article helps you create mind maps in Microsoft PowerPoint. Cheers!

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How to Make a Mind Map in Microsoft PowerPoint