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Move and connect ideas

You have the freedom and control to move and update connections between ideas in Mind Doodle by:

  • Repositioning ideas
  • Reconnecting ideas
  • Adding additional associative links

Reposition

When you create a new idea, it will be placed within a free space in your Doodle automatically, but it doesn’t need to stay there.

You can move each idea independently of the other ideas on your canvas.

Move ideas around mind map

To move an idea around the mind map, first use your mouse to click on the idea.

Hold down the mouse and drag the idea, then drop it to a new position by releasing your mouse.

Screenshot of idea after it has been repositioned in the mind map

Reconnect

If you decide to change the structure of ideas in your mind map, we’ve made it easy for you to update connections at any point throughout the mind mapping process.

Change parent connections

To reconnect an idea to a different parent idea, first use your mouse to click on the idea you want to move.

Hold down the mouse and drag it, then place it on top of the new parent idea.

Screenshot demonstrates one idea being placed on top of another in order to update the connection

A pop-up will prompt you to confirm that you definitely want to move this idea. Simply click ‘Move’ to confirm, or ‘Cancel’ if you change your mind.

Screenshot of pop-up window prompting confirmation of the attempted reconnection of ideas

When you reconnect your idea, the connection will change but the idea will not change position. This leaves you free to move it around the canvas as you wish.

Screenshot of newly connected ideas in the mind map

You can use associative links to add additional connections between the ideas in your mind map, which will appear as dotted lines.

To add an associative link, hover your mouse over an idea. At the bottom of the idea, you’ll see the associative links icon, which resembles a horizontal triangle with circles on three connecting points.

Screenshot highlighting the associative link icon

Click on the icon with your mouse, hold and drag it to another idea, then drop it by releasing your mouse.

Screenshot highlighting the associative link between two ideas

Add a contextual label to the link by double clicking anywhere on the connection and typing in the text box that pops up. Press enter to save.

Screenshot highlighting the associative link between two ideas with label

If you change your mind, you can remove the label by double clicking again and deleting the text, then pressing enter.

Delete an associate link by using your mouse to right click on the link.

Learn about using the icon panel in Mind Doodle.

Updated on February 22, 2019

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