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Adding images

You can include images in your maps from the MindManager Library and from files outside MindManager. Images can be included inside topics, added as floating images that can be re-positioned freely, and included in topic Notes. Images are not displayed in Outline View.

To add an image from the Library:

  1. If the Library is not already open click the Task Panes toolbar button, and click the Library tab.

  2. In the Library's top pop-up menu select Images.

  3. Select an image category from the list, or enter an image keyword in the search field at the bottom of the window.

  4. Drag the image from the Library window to the map or topic notes. On the map, a visual cue will show you the new location for the image inside a topic, or as a new topic or floating image.


To create a floating image, press the Shift key as you drag the image onto the map. This prevents it from attaching to a topic. Floating images are added as an image inside a floating topic.

You can also add an image, icon, background, or map part from the Library to a topic by selecting the topic and clicking an item in the Library.

To add an image from a file:

  1. Select the topic where you want to add an image, and click the Image toolbar button on the Insert tab. Or Control-click the topic, then choose Insert Image > From File.
    To create a floating image on the map's background, Control-click the background, choose Insert Floating Image > From File, then click where you want to add the image.

  2. Navigate to the image you want to add and click Open. Supported image formats include BMP, EXR, GIF, JPEG, PSD, PICT, PNG, SGI, TGA, and TIFF.

    If you open a large image its size may be reduced when it is added to the map. You can re-size it once it is added.

Tip: To add an image from a file to the Notes, drag it from the Finder to a location inside the Notes window. Images cannot be re-sized in the notes so set them to the desired size before adding them to the note.

To add a thumbnail of an image to a topic:

  1. Do one of the following:

      Control-click a topic, and choose Insert Image > Thumbnail Image from File.

      Click Insert menu > Image > Thumbnail Image from File.

  2. Navigate to the image file and click Insert.

    You can preview the image by clicking the magnifier button  on the thumbnail.

Tip:You can also drag an image onto a topic, release the mouse button, and choose Add As Topic Thumbnail Image.

Tips for using images:

  • You can add only one image to a topic.

  • To select an image click once to select the topic that contains it, the click again to select the image.

  • You can move an image by selecting it, and then dragging it to a new location.

  • More image alignment options (for images inside topics) are available in the Topic Inspector's Spacing pane.

  • To resize an image select it, and then drag its handles. To reset it to its original size, Control-click it and in the shortcut menu click Reset Image Size.

  • To save an image Control-click it and click Save Image, choose its location, and click Save.

  • To remove the image, select it and press Delete.

  • Set the image padding inside topics using options in the Topic Inspector's Spacing tab. To change the type of units used for the padding measurement choose MindManager > Preferences and select the Measurement Units you want to use.

Images are included in maps that you export as images (including PDF documents), but not in maps exported to plain text format. In RTF exports, only images included in the notes are exported. In other formats, you can control whether images are exported.

If you have images that you use on maps frequently, you can add them to the Library. To learn more see the Related Topics below.

Related Topics

Using the Library

Working with objects

Using the Inspector window

MindManager Preferences

Adding floating topics

Including topic notes

Exporting files

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