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Microsoft KB Archive/254589

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PSS ID Number: 254589

Article Last Modified on 6/4/2003

The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Visio 2000 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Visio 2000 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visio 2000 Technical Edition
  • Microsoft Visio 2000 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Visio Standard 5.0x
  • Microsoft Visio Professional 5.0x
  • Microsoft Visio Technical 5.0x
  • Microsoft Visio Enterprise 5.0x

This article was previously published under Q254589


Visio 5.0 and later programs have a template with shapes that you can use to create Mind Maps. This article briefly describes Mind Mapping and provides links to the World Wide Web where you can go for more information.


About Mind Mapping

Mind Mapping is a visual method for taking notes and generating ideas. The technique, developed by Tony Buzan in the late 1960s, is based on research into memory, intelligence, creativity, and the general working of the human brain. This research indicates that using right-brain functions (color, dimension, shape) together with left-brain functions (words, numbers, linearity, analysis, lists) can dramatically improve memory and creative thinking.

Initially, students used Mind Mapping as a method for taking notes and recalling information easily. Today, it is also used by business people, academics, and others for problem solving, planning projects, preparing for presentations, and other activities involving the thinking process.

The result of Mind Mapping is a Mind Map, which contains key words-and even images-linked to associated words and images.


For information about using the Visio Mind Mapping shapes to create a Mind Map, click Template Help on the Help menu, and then browse to the "Mind Mapping" topic (under the Flowchart category).

The World Wide Web contains a wealth of information on Mind Mapping, including many sample Mind Maps. Here are a few links to get you started:

Microsoft provides third-party contact information to help you find technical support. This contact information may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this third-party contact information.

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