How to Make a Mind Map in PowerPoint

Mind maps are a type of diagram which is commonly used to display information about a central idea. The main topic or concept is placed in the middle of the diagram, whereas the associated ideas are around it. Mind maps are also known as brainstorming diagrams. The mind map is used by teachers, students, business people, etc. for quick learning, organizing thoughts, and planning ideas. As we know, most people use PowerPoint to create graphic content. Hence, we will teach you how to create mind maps in PowerPoint

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How to Make a Mind Map in PowerPoint

If you want to learn how to create a mind map in PowerPoint, then follow these steps.

Step 1 – Open PowerPoint

To begin, you first need to launch MS PowerPoint 2013 or later version on your desktop and select a blank slide. Press Ctrl + A and then Delete to remove all the text boxes and placeholders from the slide.

Step 2 – Create Mind Map PowerPoint 

To create a mind map PowerPoint, you can either use the basic shapes or select the SmartArt Graphics option, present under the Insert tab.

Using Shapes 

You will find different shapes under Shapes, such as rectangles, basic shapes, lines, block arrows, equation shapes, flow charts, etc. To draft a concept map using Shapes, select the desired shape for your main topic, and place it in the middle of the slide. Then add more shapes around the main topic for key elements that relate to the main topic. Add lines as crosslinks or branches to connect the shapes. Finally, add text within the shapes to complete your mind map in PowerPoint.  

use basic shape

Using SmartArt

You can also use the SmartArt option given in the Insert Tab to make a PowerPoint mind map. Simply click on the icon and wait for the pop-up window to appear on the screen. Different types of charts will appear for you to choose from. Click on Relationship, scroll down to select Diverging Radial and click on OK to insert the map on your page. 

smartart graphic window
Step 3 – Edit and Customize 

MS PowerPoint has many formatting options to edit and customize the mind map. You can use tools in the Home tab, Insert tab, and Format tab to customize your mind map. Add colors, images, watermarks, and other visual signifiers like illustrations and graphics. Keep editing until you are satisfied with how the mind map looks. 

add text
Step 4 – Save File

Once you have finished designing your mind map, click on File > Save. A sub-window will launch; name your file, browse file, location and click on Save to store your document.

How to Make a Mind Map in EdrawMind

If you are looking for software that is designed especially for mind maps, then you can use EdrawMind. Although anyone can make a mind map in PowerPoint, it lacks custom features and drawing tools. Hence, making a mind map in PowerPoint comes with its limitations. While on the other hand, EdrawMind has many mind map templates which you will not find anywhere else.

EdrawMind can be used on different devices, and it is cross-platform. Hence, you can use it on your PC and mobile devices.  If you want to make a unique and interesting mind map, then follow this tutorial: 

Step 1 – Launch EdrawMind

Launch the software and select the one desired template. Or, you can launch a blank page where you can make your own mind map from scratch.

Step 2 – Draw Mind Maps

To create a mind map in EdrawMind, we will make one from scratch using the tools present in EdrawMind. To draw a mind map, you will use different diagrammatic tools, i.e., Topic, SubTopics, Floating topics, etc. which are placed in the Home tab. Use these tools to draft a mind map, click on Topic, and then click on the screen to insert it on your map. Similarly, keep adding until your mind map is complete. Once you have drafted the map, add text in the boxes.

draw mind map on EdrawMind
Step 3 – Customize and Save Mind Maps

Once you have drawn the mind map, edit it using the Format panel on the right side of the window. Keep editing until you are happy with the results. Then you can save your mind map on your computer or the cloud with different file formats, such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel and HTML.

customize mind map on EdrawMind

Editable Mind Map Templates

Now that you have learned how to make a mind map in PowerPoint, you can also use these different editable templates to create more mind maps in just a few minutes. 

Financial Statement Mind Map Template – Excellent for accounting students who want to learn how to make the perfect financial statements!

financial statement mind map

Organogram Mind Map Template – Perfect for an organization that wants to make a detailed organograms!

organogram mind map

Goal Setting Mind Map Template – Very useful template for those who want to track their personal goals!

goal setting mind map

Content Marketing Mind Map Template – Professional level editable mind map template for all the marketing gurus out there!

content marketing mind map