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How to Quickly Make a Mind Map in PowerPoint With PPT Templates (+ Video)

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The best ideas are easy to share. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to organize our thoughts and explain them. But with a mind map in PowerPoint, it's much easier to connect the dots.

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Learn how to make a mind map in PowerPoint with the help of templates.
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to make a mind map in PowerPoint. It's a great way to arrange your ideas, then share them with others.
 
Mind map PPT designs link concepts and help the reader follow them. When you connect your thoughts in a mindmap PowerPoint, your big idea is sure to go further. 

How to Quickly Make a Mind Map in PowerPoint With PPT Templates (Video)

What's the best way to learn how to do a mind map on PowerPoint? Watch an expert do it first. With the help of our mind map PPT screencast, you can do exactly that.

In the video below, you'll learn how to start with a mind map in PowerPoint template, then customize it. You'll see that it's easy to create a mind map PPT of your own with a starting design to assist you.

Want to see a written version of our guide on how to make a mind map in PowerPoint? Read on for a step-by-step guide with screenshots.

Best Mind Map PPT Templates on Envato Elements (With Unlimited Use)

If you watched the video screencast, you already know the secret to mind map PPT designs: start with a template. The best source for mindmap PowerPoint templates is Envato Elements. It's an all-you-can-download library for creatives.

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Envato Elements gives you unlimited access to mindmap PowerPoint designs and so much more.

When you're working to learn how to make a mind map in PowerPoint, it helps to have other resources at your disposal. On Elements, you'll have all of the following to help you create your mind map PPT:

Remember - there's no cost for any of these extras as part of your Elements subscription.
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Countless PowerPoint mind map templates give you the freedom to create one of your own, easily.

Mindmap PowerPoint templates are just the beginning. Read on to learn how to customize a pre-built design to include your ideas. You'll see that it's easy to customize mind map PPT designs.

Need a great mind map in PowerPoint without a subscription? We've got you covered. On GraphicRiver, you can purchase single designs that help you create mind mapping PPT templates. Buy a template, create your mind map PPT, and you're done!

How to Quickly Make a Mind Map in PowerPoint (With PPT Templates)

A mind mapping PPT is the perfect way to display ideas. These help you illustrate concepts in a clear, stylish way. The best way to get started is by using a PowerPoint mind map template from Envato Elements. With many options to choose from, you’re sure to find a winning mind map template for PowerPoint that works for you.

This tutorial was written using a macOS and Office 365. If you've got a different operating system or a different version of PowerPoint, your steps may be slightly different.

Once you've got your mind mapping PPT template downloaded, open it up in PowerPoint. You’re ready to start customizing. Let’s learn how, using just a few quick steps. It’s amazingly easy and delivers unmatched creativity to your work.

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The Mindmap PowerPoint template is a stunning design for your 2022 projects.

Want to follow along? Download the stunning Mindmap PowerPoint Template from Envato Elements now. Let's get started:

1. Choose a Mind Map Slide

A PowerPoint mind map template like this includes dozens of unique slides. Chances are, you won’t need to use all of them.

That’s the beauty of premium templates: you always have plenty of options to choose from. The trick is to find the mind mapping PPT layout that best fits your specific content.

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Use Slide Sorter to choose slides in your mind mapping PPT template.

A good way to do this is by using PowerPoint’s Slide Sorter view. To do that, go to the View tab on the ribbon. Then, click Slide Sorter. You’ll see every slide in the deck all at once. It gives you a top-down view to choose only the slides you want for your mind map PowerPoint.

You can drag the thumbnails around, and press Delete to remove those you don’t want. When you’re finished, click Normal to navigate to the slide you want to customize. You'll return to a view of the mind map PowerPoint that only includes the slides you need for your design.

2. Customize the Mind Map Text

Now that you’ve chosen your mind mapping PPT slide, it’s time to start customizing it. The text is the perfect place to start. Working on slide 6 here, you can see that the individual parts of the mind map PowerPoint contain text already.

Each of the colorful shapes is called a node. They combine to form the complete mind map. A node is a standalone idea for a key topic area. Think of it as one central idea that may branch out further in your mind map template for PowerPoint.

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Customize text right inside your mind map template PowerPoint.

To add your own text, click into one of the text boxes in a node, or elsewhere on the slide. Select the text inside. Then, type over it using your keyboard. It’s really that simple. Repeat as needed across your mind map template in PowerPoint.

3. Edit Fonts and Styles

Once you’ve added text, you can still customize the fonts! This is the beauty of a premium mind mapping PPT template. They include beautiful styles and designs, but you still have creative control.

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Edit fonts and add text effects using the Home tab on PowerPoint's ribbon.

With text selected, go to the Home tab on PowerPoint’s ribbon. In the Font group, you’ll see a series of buttons and dropdowns. You can change the font size and style. Plus, you can add effects like italics, underlines, and more. This brings emphasis to the key ideas in a mind map PowerPoint.

4. Remove Extra Content

The true value of premium mind map template PowerPoint designs is their flexibility. You don’t have to use every part of every slide. Your mind map design should work for you. That means that you may need to delete some parts of the mind map.

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Click to select unwanted objects on your mind mapping PPT and press Delete to remove them.

Click to select unwanted objects on your mind mapping PPT and press Delete on your keyboard to remove them.

For example, you might want to remove one of the nodes in the lower right corner. To do so, click on the node to select it. Then, press Delete. The shape disappears. To complete the removal, repeat these steps to delete the gray line as well.

It's important to consider how your audience sees the mind map template PowerPoint. If this is a presentation you'll give, limit the content you include. After all, it's easier to explain with the mind map PowerPoint as your presentation aid.

5. Change Shape Colors

Color is perhaps the best way to transform the look and feel of your PowerPoint mind map template. By changing colors, you can call out key ideas. Plus, you can match your mind mapping PPT slide to your brand’s colors.

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Changing shape colors is an easy way to customize your mind map template PowerPoint.

To change a shape color, click on one of the nodes to select it. You’ll see a new tab appear on the ribbon: Shape Format. Click it, and then choose the Shape Fill dropdown on the left side.

An array of options is available. Choose from theme or standard colors, along with gradient and texture fills. Find a color you like, and click to apply it. PowerPoint instantly changes the color of your selected shape. Recolor elements until your mind map PPT matches your brand.

6. Animate Nodes

Want to stylize your PowerPoint mind map template even more? Animations are a great way to do it. For example, you can have your mind map appear in a fly-in view.

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Animations bring any PowerPoint mind map template to life.

To add an animation, click on your mind map to select it. Then, find the Animations tab on PowerPoint’s ribbon. Click on it, and you’ll see a gallery dropdown with a wide variety of options. Click Fly In, and watch as the animation previews on the slide.

The best reason to animate your mindmap PowerPoint is to introduce ideas to an audience slowly. Instead of showing all the ideas at once, phase them in with the help of animations. Go step-by-step so that your mindmap PowerPoint is easy to follow.

More Envato Tuts+ PowerPoint Presentation Tutorials

Learning how to do a mind map on PowerPoint is just the beginning. We've got many more tutorials that teach you to master PowerPoint so that you can create the perfect mind mapping PPT.

Learn more in our PowerPoint tutorials and quick video tutorials on Envato Tuts+. We've got an assortment of PowerPoint material to help you work better with images and more in your presentations:

More Top Templates For Microsoft PowerPoint

At Envato Tuts+, we love PowerPoint templates. You've already seen how to do a mind map on PowerPoint with a template, but this is only the beginning. We catalog and index the very best PowerPoint templates and share them with readers. We've got great templates for mindmap PowerPoints - and every other category imaginable!

With a few tweaks, many of these templates also work as mind map template PowerPoint designs. Check out even more designs that'll work perfectly for mind mapping PPT's. 

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Create Mind Map In PowerPoint Designs Today

In this tutorial, you learned how to make a mind map in PowerPoint. Crafting a mind map PowerPoint helps you to map out your thoughts and share them with others.

Remember that PowerPoint mind map templates give you by far the best options to create one of your own. With a mind map template PowerPoint design, every block and object you need is already created for you.

Grab a mind map PowerPoint, add your details, and you'll be finished before you know it! In no time flat, your ideas are ready to share, more efficient than ever.

Editorial Note: This tutorial has been comprehensively updated and a video added by Andrew Childress.

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