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Ability to dill down on a node to create a sub-mindmap

When creating mind maps they can become very large with lots of children nodes linking ideas. To help this problem it is really useful to dill down on a child node to create a sub-mindmap, in the sub-mindmap the child become the parent node in the centre, and all its child nodes are shown. This means you can create one large mind map and dill down onto set topics or area you are working on. A software called "xmind" does this but it doesn't link to google drive.

Keep up the good work guys :)

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Chris shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

while this is getting votes, just a quick note that this is already available as a three-step process:
1) use ctrl+x (or cmd+x on mac) to cut a subtree
2) Use File→new from clipboard (potentially in a new mindmup window) to create a new map from the cut tree. Save it and copy the URL from the browser
3) paste the URL into the original map as a new node – this will link to the new map


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  • Anatoly Yakubov commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    "Link to sub-map" is long implemented (and declined) by developers:


    Apart from fixing typo, this request should be aimed at "Drill Down" mode of a single (not two different) maps instead. As it will be useful in so many cases ( Drill-down is second best thing after mind-map itself.)

    Brainstorming, presenting, viewing - all activities will dramatically win when used in "focused" (drill-down) mode.
    Best explanation in a minute: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfBEvgEjHBM

    Performance on large maps and usability on mobile devices will win too.

    There is another feature request with slightly confusing / narrow subject - https://mindmup.uservoice.com/forums/200447-what-should-we-focus-on-next/suggestions/16352809-ability-to-drill-down-mode-on-tablets-and-smartpho

  • Morgan Newall commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hey guys, really great work, and amazing progress.
    Regarding your 'under review' note - have you used this functionality Xmind? Cutting and creating separate mindmaps is clearly not the functionality detailed here.
    The point is to have all the detail in one mindmap, with the ability to drill-down/up on any node, level by level.

  • Jan Schulze commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hey developers, if you add the depicted solution as a one click solution to the context menu, that would make things easy and graspable.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Is it possible to link file on the desktop version in a similar way??? i.e., link another file as a node?

  • Christian commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    As stated, the only addition really is not being able to enter a child node (so that it becomes the overall parent), adding children to this child(who is, in this setting, a parent)

    It is *being able to save and exit out of "small parent" (or something) view, and the changes made reflect the main document*

    I had the same idea that would be amazing for me. I love this

  • Stewart commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I also think this would be a neat addition.

    It would be nice to be able to separate out distinct ideas into their own separate maps but have them all linked through a "mother map". Having this ability to create submaps within a map would be simpler and nicer than linking to other maps.

    For example, I have a 'life' mindmap where I jot down my ideas about how I want to go about living my life; and obviously this is a pretty big topic. I have a couple of ambitions and ideas about my life, as everyone does, and I've got a list of projects I'd like to do. The life minmap is where I jot them down; then, I have links to the topics with their own mindmaps - some are quite detailed (a couple of projects I'm working on) and have their own sub mindmaps themself.

    That's just one use case. I could create a mindmap for a project of ideas and features I might like, then have a couple of nodes with different ideas of implementations. Instead of creating clutter and detailing how I would achieve the implementations and the materials and cost associated with the parts required, I could place all of this neatly into a sub-mindmap. I could always collapse the 'Implementations" node and hide it - but once expanded (because it is so large) it affects the positioning of the parent mindmap.

    Once inside a sub mindmap you'd need a back arrow or similar to return to the parent mindmap. It would be neater if they all saved as one file.

    These are just my ideas; hope you find them useful.


  • Ramesh commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It works as with the url but , we see the link as is if we could change the text of link , it would be good.

  • Ramesh commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I think this could be implemented by just having a node of type link.
    This link node would then just simply link to another map in the same folder or somewhere else.

  • Guy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I appreciate Chris for articulating this idea and would love to see it adopted.

    Some of my Mind Maps have a lot of moving parts, so the ability to link to sub-mindmaps would be a great addition.

    Thank you for your consideration.

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