How to Create a OneNote Mind Map

Mind maps are a very commonly used visual tool that helps put together and clearly explain concepts, thoughts, and ideas. However, creating a mind map requires extensive researches. A popular app for that is OneNote by Microsoft. If you are in the process of making a mind map, you should start organizing and taking your notes in OneNote to plan it thoroughly. OneNote is very simple to use and easily available to everyone!

In this article, we will tell you how to create a OneNote mind map in just a few simple steps.

How would you like to create your mind map?
Using an inbuilt mind Map template in EdrawMind
Time to complete: 1 minute
Manually create a mind map template in OneNote
Time to complete: 30 minutes

A Quick Know of Onenote

OneNote by Microsoft is a multipurpose app for all kinds of users. It offers information gathering and collaborations to keep notes, screen clippings, drawings, and commentaries all in one place. It works like a digital notebook that you can use to store any important information. The most common uses of OneNote include:

  • To plan and organize ideas and projects;
  • To note daily/weekly tasks;
  • To keep academic notes;
  • To take handwritten notes for drawing ideas;
  • To share your notes with other.

How to Create a Mind Map in OneNote

To make a OneNote mind map, please follow these steps below:

Step 1 – Launch OneNote

Open OneNote and launch a new notebook. Now click on the New section to move to the blank page.

open onenote

Step 2 – Draw Mind Maps

Click on the Draw tab right next to the Insert tab to get different drawing tools. With the help of all these tools, we will create mind maps in OneNote. Similarly, you can also draw a rough mind map, using the free-hand drawing tools.

To make a mind map in OneNote, make sure you add all these features:

  • Central Idea – Choose the main topic. You have put the central idea in the middle and then arrange the key elements of your idea around it.
  • Supporting Content – These are the connecting thoughts that make up your central idea. Use keywords and phrases to present the supporting content.
  • Branches – Use branches to connect your main topic with the supporting content.
  • Color-coding – Color-code the crosslinks and connect your thoughts with the main topic.
draw mind map

Step 3 – Add Text and Edit

Finally, you can add text (keywords and phrases) to finish off the mind map. Add colors, images, and other visual signifiers to make your mind map look appealing. Once the mind map on OneNote is complete, you can share it with others by clicking on File > Share.

add text on mind map

How to Create a Mind Map in EdrawMind

Drawing a mind map from scratch can seem to be a boring and difficult task. However, there are many concept map makers that you can find online. A very simple to use and versatile tool is EdrawMind which also works as a concept map maker online. EdrawMind is a fun tool to create charts and maps with the help of different formatting and editing tools. To create a mind map in mind master, follow these steps.

Step 1 – Launch EdrawMind

Open EdrawMind software on the desktop or you can use the web program.

open EdrawMind

Step 2 – Draw Mind Maps

To draw a mind map on EdrawMind, you can use pre-made templates that are shown in the New tab or start from scratch. EdrawMind offers a number of tools to make different mind maps. To make a stunning mind map in EdrawMind, here is what you need to do:

    • Choose the main topic – First of all, you need to decide what you want to focus on, so choose your main idea, concept, problem, or topic.
draw on EdrawMind
    • Note key elements – Research the topic and brainstorm about the key elements of your main idea. Write keywords and phrases to represent these associated ideas.
    • Add Branches – Add crosslinks or branches to connect the main topic with the associated ideas.
add branch
  • Add color and visual content – To make your mind map look more attractive and livelier, ad colors, images, and other visual signifiers.
add color

Step 3 – Save and Export Mind Maps

Once you have created a mind map in EdrawMind, you can use the Format tab to customize it as you like. Once complete, save your mind map for future edits or sharing. The save icon is located in the top right corner of the interface. You can also save the mind map in any file type you want, such as PDF, JPEG, or PNG.

EdrawMind for PC also supports users to save and export mind maps in several common file formats, including DOCX, XLSX, PPTX, HTML, MindManager, and Evernote.

export EdrawMind