How to Use Microsoft Word to Create a Simple Mind Map

Mind mapping is an inventive way that many creative people use to unblock a block in their creative flow. Writers call this unblocking their "writer's block." You can use Microsoft Word to create a simple visual tool that will help get the juices flowing again.

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Think out of the box with mind mapping.

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Launch Microsoft Word.

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Select the "Insert" tab and click "Diagram" from the drop-down menu. The Diagram Gallery dialog will appear, indicating the various diagrams you can use.

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Select the "Radial Diagram," which appears like a snow flake.

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Click "OK." A circle in the center with three other circles radiating out will appear.

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To add other circles (ideas) to your Microsoft Word mind map, select "Insert Shape" from the floating tool bar.

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Click on each circle to add text, links, images, or whatever you need to add to your mind map to get your creative motor running.