Getting started with mind maps
Here's a quick start guide to help you get the most out of Whimsical mind maps.
Building a mind map
First, create a new Board, or switch to Board mode, then there are a few ways to make your first node:
- Click or drag a mind map out from the toolbar
- Use the keyboard shortcut M
Then it's time to have fun and let your ideas loose!
To make a new sibling node you can click on the icons, or just hit Enter. To make a child node, use Tab. Drag and drop the nodes to rearrange them:
Customize your mind map
There are many options in the toolbar, including:
- Curved or straight lines
- Adding formatting text to Bold or Italic
- The orientation of the mind map
- Adding a link
- Adding icons - to the main node and child nodes
- Changing line colour
- AI-assisted mind mapping
- and more!
Import and export
Need to just copy and paste? We have a quick way to import and export mind maps!
Just copy a list from somewhere else then select a mind map's starting node and paste with command (or ctrl) + V:
Or to export, select the main node and copy then paste* it somewhere else.
*Paste special is the key! "Command + Shift + V" or "Ctrl + Shift + V"
Examples and Templates
Head on over here for some sweet examples and templates you can use - Community Templates
Next up! Getting Started with Projects