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Formatting topic spacing, width and margins

Change the distance between topics, their preferred (maximum) width, and their internal margins. 

There are a number of options for controlling the size of topics. You can choose to automatically resize topics based on their contents or set a specific topic size for individual topics. You can give a map a cleaner look and make it more presentable by increasing the size of smaller topics to match the width of the largest topic within the same branch. It also aligns the beginning of text in each level.

You can give a map a cleaner look and make it more presentable by increasing the size of smaller topics to match the width of the largest topic within the same branch. It also aligns the beginning of text in each level.

To change the spacing for subtopics:

  1. In Map View, select the parent topic of the tree whose spacing you want to change. Select the central topic to control the spacing for main topics.

  2. Choose Format > Topic.

    Tip: If the Topic inspector is already open click the Spacing tab.

  3. Increase or decrease the Subtopic Distance settings as desired.

    "From Parent" determines the distance between the current topic and its subtopics. (This does not apply to the central topic.)

    "From Sibling" determines the spacing between the subtopics of the current topic.

The height and width of individual topics is controlled by the Margins and Preferred Width settings.

You can change the units used for topic spacing by choosing MindManager > Preferences and choosing the Measurement Units you want to use.

To specify the preferred width for topics:

  1. In Map View, select the topic(s) whose preferred width you want to change.

  2. Choose Format > Topic.

    Tip: If the Topic inspector is already open click the Spacing tab.

  3. Increase or decrease the Preferred Width setting as desired.

This setting controls the default maximum width for the selected topic(s,) and determines the point at which topic text will wrap. To prevent wrapping you can increase the Preferred Width or you can re-size the topic directly by dragging its top-right corner horizontally.

When you drag a topic's top-right corner horizontally, the preferred width changes, but you cannot set a preferred width that is wider than the current topic text unless you enter it in the Inspector.

To set size of topics based on their contents:

  1. Select a topic or multiple topics.

  2. Choose Format > Topic.

    Tip: If the Topic inspector is already open click the Spacing tab.

  3. Enable the Automatic Topic Size option.

To set size of specific topics:

  1. Select a topic or multiple topics.

  2. Choose Format > Topic.

    Tip: If the Topic inspector is already open click the Spacing tab.

  3. Enable the Fixed Topic Size option, and set the topic size in the Height and Width boxes to create topics of a specific size.
    If the amount of content exceeds the size of the topic, the content is truncated and a blue triangle appears in the lower right corner of the topic. You can view the whole topic by hovering over the icon.

To match topic widths:

Do one of the following:

  • Click Format > Match Widths > Match Width for All Topics.
  • Select multiple topics, click Format > Match Widths > Match Width for Selected Topics.
  • Select a topic branch or multiple branches, click Format > Match Widths > Match Width for Selected Branch(es).

To change the inside margins for topics:

  1. Select one or more topics in Map View.

  2. Choose Format > Topic.

    Tip: If the Topic inspector is already open click the Format tab.

  3. Set the Margins as you desire. You can apply additional padding to topic images using the image padding setting.

The Margins settings are used in conjunction with the Preferred Width setting in determining if the topic text will automatically wrap.

You can change the units used for margin spacing by choosing MindManager > Preferences and choosing the Measurement Units you want to use.

The initial default formatting for topic spacing, width and margins is derived from the underlying Map Theme. To make the selected topic's formatting the default for similar topics on this map choose Format > Set as Default Format.

To return the topic to its default formatting choose Format > Use Default Format.


Related Topics

Using the Inspector

Balancing and aligning map topics

Formatting subtopic layout and connecting lines

Adding images

Returning topics or elements to their default formatting

MindManager Preferences

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