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Formatting relationships

You can reshape a relationship and change its line style and color. Relationships are not displayed in Outline View.


When you select a relationship, handles appear so you can re-shape it or change its connection point.

By default, the Auto-Adjust option is selected for relationships you add: If you move one of the topics connected by the relationship the line will automatically follow an optimal path.

To reshape a relationship line:

  1. Select the relationship (handles appear when it is selected).

  2. Drag the handles to change the relationship's shape.

If you re-shape the relationship the Auto-Adjust option is automatically deselected. To return the relationship to its optimal path you must re-select this option: Control-click the relationship and choose Auto-Adjust from the shortcut menu.

To change the relationship's line style and color:

  1. Select the relationship (handles appear when it is selected).

  2. If the Task Panes aren't already open, Control-click the relationship and choose Format Relationship.

  3. In the Format pane, click the color wells to change the Line and Fill colors, or choose a different Shape, adjust the line Weight and Pattern, and choose end styles.

The relationship's initial default formatting is determined by the underlying Map Theme. To make this the default formatting for all existing (unformatted) and new relationships in the map, choose Format > Set as Default Format. To reset the relationship to the map's default formatting choose Format > Use Default Format.

Hint:You can also change the relationship's Line color by clicking the Line Color toolbar button to get to the color wheel. Click the arrow next to the default color field for a quick color palette.

To change where the relationship line connects with a topic:

  • Select the relationship, then drag the  blue dot  to another part of the topic.

To connect to a different topic, select the relationship, then drag the blue dot to another topic.

To add a callout topic to a relationship:

  1. Control-click the relationship (handles appear to show you that it is selected) and choose Insert Callout.

  2. When the callout topic appears enter its text.

To have a callout topic appear automatically each time you add a relationship choose MindManager > Preferences and select "Add callouts to new relationships."

You can change the callout topic's format as you would format other topics. You can also add subtopics to the callout to continue the topic tree with more detail.


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