Nodes are the basic units of information in a document. Branches connect nodes and represent a hierarchical relationship. Another type of connection is the cross-connection, a non-hierarchical relationship between nodes.

Basic Actions

To select a node tap it. To edit a node double tap it, or select Edit Title from the actions panel. To create a new child node tap the Plus symbol on the right of an existing node. It’s called the Node Well. When you are in edit mode you have the option to create child and sibling nodes using the icons on the left and right of the panel. Tapping Return three times on the internal keyboard creates a new sibling node and tapping Space three times will create a new child node.

To create a new main node tap the Canvas and then the New Main Node button on the left of the panel.

To delete a node tap it and select Delete from the actions tab in the panel. Another way to do it is tap the node again and select Delete from the edit menu.

Organizing Nodes

Sometimes it is necessary to reorganize nodes into new branches, as more information gets added to the document. This is the big advantage of digital visualisation tools compared to paper, it is very easy to do. To connect any node, even main nodes, to a new parent node tap and drag it onto the new parent node. This will move it and all its children. They will assume the style of the new parent.

In the Settings you can choose to deactivate this function so the node always keeps its current style. Deselect Inherit Style. If you want to shift the order of your nodes, you can simply drag the node to its new place relative to other existing nodes.

Alternatively you can use the +/ to move a node relative to its siblings.

In case you want to Multi-Select nodes on your iPhone or iPad, tap the canvas with one finger, leave it there and with an other finger tap on the nodes you want to select. They do not have to be of the same parent node or on the same branch. Now you can let go of the canvas and move or edit the nodes as you like. Alternatively you can tap the canvas, wait a moment and drag your finger across the canvas to select related nodes.

If you want to detach a node to create a new tree, you can select Detach from the Action panel.

Alternatively use the shortcut ++D

Folding and Unfolding Nodes

When your structure gets more and more complex it is often necessary to hide parts of your map. This is also helpful when you are presenting information from your document.

The shortcut to fold or unfold a branch is +..

To fold, or unfold, a node select Fold/Unfold from the Action panel. You can also swipe right and left over a node with three fingers fold and unfold a branch.

Adding Content

While a node title often contains the most crucial information as keywords, you will want to add additional information that adds context, detail, or helps you structure your document.

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Figure 1. Different types of content

To add a link to your node either type, or copy and paste an URL, including the http://. MindNode will recognize the URL and automatically make a link out of it.

If you don’t want MindNode to do so, you can disable Active links in the Settings under Customize.

If you want to hyperlink text, you can select the node title and select Add link from the Action panel. Alternatively you can use the shortcut +K.


Notes can contain long-form text, links to other documents, or unstructured thoughts.

Notes can be added from the Notes tab.

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Figure 2. The Inspector


In MindNode added images are displayed above the node title. Images are stored directly in the MindNode document. MindNode accepts all formats compatible with your operating system and imports them as PNGs.

To add an image select a node and open the Image tab. From the Stickers tab you can add one of our included Stickers and from the Photos tab a image that is included in your Photos library. You can also search for the right sticker via the search bar. Stickers can be tinted to match node color. Toggle the selection at the bottom of your screen. To resize an image double tapit. Left and right of it will now be round knobs. Holding and dragging resizes the image. You can have nodes that only contain images.

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Figure 3. Resizing handles on a sticker


When planning projects a mind map will often contain both ideas and tasks related to the goal. To differentiate between node items that require an action and those that do not, MindNode lets you assign a task to a node. These tasks can be checked off as you complete a task.

Figure 4. Tasks in a document

A node that has two or more children that were assigned tasks, will receive a Progress tracker that will be marked completed, as you check of the sub-tasks. If you check-off the Progress tracker of the parent, all child nodes with tasks will also be marked complete. Only child nodes can have tasks.

To assign a task for a node, go to the Actions panel. Any children will automatically become tasks as well. A parent node can have both task children and non-task children.

Alternatively you can assign a task by using the shortcut ++T on a selected node.


The basic relationship between items in MindNode is hierarchical. To show relationships between items that are not in a hierarchical relationship you have the option to create connections.

Figure 5. Two nodes with connection

You can select Connection from the Action panel. Then tap the node you want the connection to go towards.

To add a label to a connection select Edit Title from the Action tab in the panel, or double tap on the connection.

Regardless of layout selection you can determine the curvature of a connection by grabbing the waypoint knob in the middle and dragging it. To straighten the connection double double tap the waypoint.

Should you want a clear look on the hierachical order with less distraction you can also hide all cross connections. Therefore in the Action tab of the panel tap on Hide Connections. In the same way you can also reshow them again. If you close a document with hidden cross connections and reopen it the cross connections will also be shown again.

Focus Mode

Big mind maps sometime can be distracting. Here is were Focus Mode helps you by fading out all branches but the one you are working on. It can be entered via a three finger swipe up on the node you want to focus on or you can select Begin Focus`in the Actions tab of the Panel. If you want to change the area you are focusing on you can tap the faded out node you want to focus on next and select `Refocus from the apperaing menu.

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