Change the layout of shapes and connectors


You can click and drag shapes to position them on the canvas or apply an automatic layout to arrange the mind map.

You need NVivo for Mac (Version 11.2 or later) to work with mind maps.

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Move shapes and connectors

Shapes and their connectors move together. If you drag a shape to a new location its connector will follow. You cannot move a connector on its own.

  1. Make sure you are in edit mode.

  2. Click the required shape. To select multiple shapes, select the first shape, then press and hold the Command (⌘) key while you select the other shapes.

  3. Drag the selected shape to a new location.

Any connectors to the shape will extend to the new location.

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Apply a mind map layout

You can choose one of three mind map layouts.

  1. Make sure you are in edit mode.

  2. To the right of the canvas in Detail View, select your preferred Layout.

When you select a mind map layout, it applies for the life of the mind map—any new ideas you add to the map are automatically arranged according to the applied layout.

Layout Description Example
Mind map    The traditional mind map layout. The main idea is in the middle with child ideas to the left and right.

Top down A hierarchical layout. The main idea is at the top with child ideas underneath.

Left right A lateral hierarchy. The main idea is on the left with child ideas to the right.

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