Mind Mapping Secrets - FreeMind Basics
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Learn the basics of how to use FreeMind - a free, open source software that can make your mind mapping neat and consistent.

FreeMind is a premier mind mapping software written in Java. It is a high-productivity tool that can make all your online mind mapping simple.

Organize, prioritize, know where you are, where you've been and where you're heading with FreeMind.

Mind mapping can be used for brainstorming, goal planning, product design, event planning, and so much more - the only limit is your own creativity.

Use this guide's step-by-step instructions and screenshots to learn how to create your own digital mind maps.

If you are new to mind maps, you may want to pick up Mind Mapping Success - Achieving Your Goals for a quick primer on how to create mind maps using pen and paper.

Then take your maps to a new level with this easy to master How To guide today.

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ISBN: 9781497728981
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Getting Started

First of all, I'm not an expert in FreeMind, but I have been using the product for a really long time. And I've been mind mapping even longer.

I was first introduced to mind mapping as a note-taking tool in the 1980s. The flexibility and graphic aspects appealed to me. A few years later I took classes in graphic facilitation and developed my own approach for use with groups and for individual coaching clients.

Mind maps give a unique view into how the brain processes and stores information. They are useful for so many things, but you already know that or you wouldn't have picked up this guide.

So, first things first. Download the FreeMind software.

You can Download a copy here.

Next install the software, following the instructions on the page. Make sure you have the most current Java Runtime Environment installed.

The following instructions will walk you through the process of creating a mind map using the software.

If you have never made a mind map of your own, you'll want to check online for instructions, or use my Achieving Your Goals basic mind mapping book, prior to going through this guide. The basic mind mapping book will walk you through the steps necessary to create several maps related to