How to Make a Mindmap on Microsoft Word

By Shreya Mehta

Mind maps are useful diagrams that are used in brainstorming. A concept or idea is at the center, surrounded by related concepts and attributes. Using a mind map will help you connect relationships between concepts and map out your ideas in an organized fashion. It is especially useful when writing a story or other documents such as a thesis. It is a great visual aid for people to use who need to visualize and document their ideas. There are a variety of tools available in the market to create mind maps. However, it is also fairly simple to create a mind map in Microsoft Word.

Step 1

Go to the "Insert" tab. Click on "Shapes" and choose a circle. Double-click on a circle to insert it into the document. Use your mouse to drag the circle to the center of the page.

Step 2

Click on "Text Box" in the Insert menu. Select the type of text box you would like to use. Type your concept in the text box. You can adjust the size of it using the handles. Right-click on the text box and select "Format Text Box." Go to the "Colors and Lines" tab and select "No Color" in the Color drop-down menu. Click "OK." This will hide the borders of the text box. Drag the text box into the center of the circle. For example, we could use "Internal Controls" as our topic.

Step 3

Go to the "Insert" tab. Click on "Shapes" and double-click on a line to insert it into the document. Use your mouse to drag the line to one of the edges of the circle. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to add a related concept. Repeat these steps to add branches and attributes in completing your mind map. In our example, ideas related to internal controls could include the following: preventing employee theft, accounting system, documentation and segregation of duties.