This Mind Map Editor Help is based on the latest version of SimpleMind Pro (1.23). Not all features are available in the free editions, please, check the feature comparison table for details.


The basics


Terms used in SimpleMind and on this website:

  1. Central theme:
    The central theme is the starting point of the mind map. A mind map consists of a hierarchy of topics. Each topic has a single parent topic and zero or more child topics. The central theme is the ultimate parent topic.
  2. Collapse/Expand tool:
    Collapses or expands a branch.
  3. Topic toolbar tool:
    Invokes the topic toolbar.
  4. Note tool:
    Adds a note to the topic.
  5. Node-well:
    Adds new topics or cross links.
  6. Word wrap tool:
    Adds and removes line breaks.
  7. Rotate tool:
    Rotates the topic’s branch.
  8. Branch border:
    Highlights a branch. Here topic A’s branch is displayed with a blue branch border.
  9. Relation:
    A line that connects the parent topic to the child topic. It visualizes the hierarchical relation between the two topics.
  10. Cross link:
    A line that connects any two topics that are not hierarchically connected.
  11. Checkbox:
    A clickable checkbox.
  12. Contact:
    A navigation link to a contact.
  13. Labels:
    A text element that is not part of the hierarchical structure.
  14. Icon:
    An icon is a small image inside a topic.
  15. Progress bar:
    A clickable progress bar.
  16. Navigation link:
    A navigation link, for example to a web page, another topic or another mind map.
  17. Voice memo:
    A voice memo lets you record audio that is played back by clicking this icon.
  18. Date:
    A date can be added using the topic toolbar. The outliner shows dates and has a filter to show only topics with a date set.
  19. Call-out:
    A text element that is not part of the hierarchical structure.
  20. Embedded image:
    An image displayed inside the topic.
  21. Floating image:
    A thumbnail of an image, displayed outside the topic it was attached to. It can be double tapped to show the larger image.


Adding topics

To add a child, single tap the node-well node well  or use Tab.

To add a sibling, single tab the sibling node well sibling tool or use Enter. This adds a new topic to the selected topic’s parent.

Insert a topic in between two existing topics by using the “Insert Topic” command from the (drop down) menu.(Not available for iPhone)
When nothing is selected, double tapping in empty space adds a new central theme.

In free form layout you can also:

  • Select the topic you want to add a child to. Next, double tap in empty space on the mind map page. This adds a new child topic at the location you double tapped.
  • Drag the node well  or sibling node well  to a empty space on the mind map page. SimpleMind adds the topic where you release the node well.


To add multiple topics without regards to hierarchy and structure, add multiple central themes. When done, you can drag and drop to connect and place the topics.
Windows: Shift+Control+T
All devices: Double click in empty space when nothing is selected. After the topic is added, click anywhere in the mind map to unselect the topic and double click again.

Editing topic text

Double tap a topic to edit the topic text. Stop editing by tapping outside the text editor or press escape.
SimpleMind for Android: Long press the add sibling tool  to change it to the “Edit Text” tool. Tapping the edit text tool is equivalent to double tapping the topic.
You can also format text.

Word wrap tool and line breaks

You can add line breaks by by dragging the word wrap tool. As a result, the topic will look less wide. word_wrap_tool

Long press the word wrap tool to automatically wrap the topic. Or use Ctrl+W on Windows, on Mac Ctrl+Shift+Command+E.
The word wrap adds line breaks to text. This will make the topic look less wide. 

The word wrap adds line breaks
to text. This makes the topic
look less wide. 

The word wrap tool removes existing lines breaks before it adds new line breaks.
The word wrap tool maintains paragraphs and lists. An empty line starts a new paragraph, ordered and unordered list items are recognized based on mark down syntax.

Add line breaks (paragraphs)

Desktop: Use Alt+Enter or Ctrl+Enter to insert a line break.
Android & iPad/iPhone: Use Enter.
Add an additional line break to create a paragraph.

Deleting elements

Deleting a topic also deletes the branch (all its children).Deleting a cross link or relation doesn’t delete topics.
Desktop: Select and use the Delete button.
Android & iPad/iPhone: Select and use the trash bin icon. On smaller screen use the overflow menu and click Delete.

Moving topics around

To move a single topic, drag a topic and move it to a different location.
To move an entire branch, long press before dragging. As feedback, the branch is displayed with a thick border.
SimpleMind Desktop: Press Shift to select the entire branch without the long press delay.

In free form layout you can move topics around freely.
In auto layout the selected auto layout arranges the topics. Dragging topics restructures the mind map’s hierarchy, guided by insertion markers.

Rotating a branch

The Rotate tool  is available only in free form layout.

This tool rotates the selected topic’s branch. To rotate the entire mind map, use the rotate tool on the central theme.
Long press the rotate tool for additional options, for example to flip topics.

Reconnect a topic to a different parent

To reconnect a topic to a different parent topic, either:

  • Drag the topic and drop it on the new parent topic.
    Long press before dragging to to let the child topics keep their relative positions to the parent topic.
  • Or select the relation leading from the topic to its parent topic, and drag the reconnect tool  to the new parent topic.


Selecting multiple elements

Use multiple selection to select multiple (unrelated) elements. You can select either multiple topics, multiple relations, multiple images or multiple labels. The selected elements are shown with a thick border.
Most commands will work with multiple elements selected, for example move, change border width or add checkboxes.

SimpleMind Desktop:

  • Click to select a single element.
  • Long press to select a single branch. Using shift+click equals using long press.
  • To include or exclude a single element in/from the selection, use Control+click (Windows) or Command+click (Mac).
    To include or exclude an entire branch, use Control/Command+long press.
  • Rectangular lasso selection: Control+Drag (Windows) or Command+Drag (Mac) selects, Shift+Command/Control+Drag extends selection.
  • Clear selection: click in empty space (or press Escape) to exit multiple selection, leaving a single element selected. Click again in empty space to unselect that single selected element too.

Android and iPad/iPhone:

  • Tap to select a single element.
  • Long press an element to start the multiple selection.
  • When in multiple selection mode, single tap to include or exclude an element in/from the selection. Long press to include or exclude an entire branch.
  • Long press in empty space to start rectangular lasso selection, then drag to select.
  • Clear selection: Tap in empty space to exit multiple selection, leaving a single element selected. Tap again in empty space to unselect that single selected element too.


Advanced features

Layout and auto arrange

SimpleMind supports a free form layout and 4 auto-layout schemes.

  • The free form layout allows you to organize your ideas exactly how you want it. You place topics anywhere you like, in positions that you feel visualizes best the relations with other topics.
  • The auto-layouts automatically arranges the topics for you.
Free form layout
Free Form layout: Place topics anywhere you like.
Also available in SimpleMind Free.
Horizontal layout Vertical layout
Horizontal layout: Also available in SimpleMind Free. Vertical layout
List layout Top down layout
List layout: Arranges all topics in one vertical list.  Top down layout: Arranges the main topics into multiple vertical lists.

A topic that has an auto-layout is marked with a fork like symbol. It is not possible to change the layout style to another layout style further down that branch.
You can combine multiple auto layouts in a single mind map. For example by having a central theme in a free form layout, and the main topics all in different layouts. Or you can use multiple central themes.

Apply a different layout

  • Existing mind map:
    Select the the layout  button from the topic toolbar. Optionally select the layout direction.
    The layout style is then applied to that topic’s entire branch. To change the layout style for an entire mind map, select the central theme and select a layout style.
  • New mind maps:
    Change the default layout style and direction for new mind maps in “Preferences” – “General”. This will not change your existing mind maps.

Change topic order

In auto layout you can use drag & drop to rearrange the topic order. Changing this topic order automatically re-positions topics. This same topic order is used for auto numbering inside the mind map (1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.3 etc.) and when creating a .html outline. In free form layout, the topic order can only be adjusted using the outliner.


Collapse/Expand and Hide/Show topics

Topics can be collapsed to keep oversight in large maps. When a topic is collapsed, the whole branch is hidden. Expand is the reverse of collapse. Tap the collapse tool  to either collapse or expand its child topics.

Rather than collapsing a topic, use the hide/show tool to hide and show (child-)topics one by one. To hide, select the relation (line) and tap . To show, tap the show tool .
Long press the collapse or hide tool for additional options like collapse children, full expand etc.

Display hide tool for topics

In addition to the hide tool displayed for the selected relation, you can optionally display a hide tool for the selected topic. On one side of the topic the hide tool will be added, making it easier to hide that topic. The collapse tool and markers will be moved to the opposite side of the topic. See image below:

To do so, select “Display Hide tool for topics” in “Preferences” – “General”.


A note allows adding (larger) additional text to a topic without cluttering the mind map. Add a note to a topic by tapping the Note tool .

A small yellow note marker is displayed in the top right corner for topics containing a note.
Notes are invisible and neither displayed on the mind map page nor included when printing the mind map or exporting the mind map as image. Exporting the mind map in .html or .txt outline format includes the notes and this format may be imported into a word processor.
You can format text in notes.

Labels and call-outs

A label is a text element that is not part of the mind map’s hierarchical structure. Labels are commonly used to label relations or to add visible comments, as opposed to the invisible notes.

A label is a floating element, you can drag it to any position you like.
Labels are anchored to a topic or relation: if you move the topic, the labels are moved along with it.
Drag and drop a label on another topic to anchor the label to the other topic. Is it not possible to drop a label on a relation.
Change a label to a call-out by clicking the toolbar – Text Style.

To add a label to a topic or relation, tap the toolbar and select  the label icon.

Cross links

Cross links are used to connect any two topics that are not hierarchically connected (A). Crosslinks can also be used to make a summary or merge paths (B).

To add a cross link, select the topic to which you want to add a cross link. Next:

  • Drag the node-well  and release it on the topic you want to connect to.
  • Or use the topic toolbar  and select Crosslink to add a cross link between topics that are located a further distance away from each other.

Cross links look different from hierarchical relations. Manually toggle the crosslink style via “Toggle cross link style” in the relation toolbar . You can use this to style as a “normal” crosslink or to style as a hierarchical relation and merge paths or make a summary.

The cross link’s path can be adjusted as shown in the image above (A).

Images and photos

With SimpleMind you can add:

  • a “normal” image
    This adds a thumbnail of an image outside the topic. The thumbnail has no visible connection to the topic. Double tap to view the full size image.
  • an embedded image
    This adds an image inside the topic.
  • a topic with embedded image
    This adds a new transparant child topic without borders, containing only an image.

To add an image, select a topic. Tap the topic toolbar  and tap the image icon . Select what type of image you want to add.
When adding a “normal” image you have three choices on how to store the full size image:

  • Include in Mind Map file:
    SimpleMind stores a copy of the full size image in your mind map file. This means you can always see the full size image, even when you share the mind map with someone else.
    However, this increases the size of your mind map file. Large mind maps can take very long to synchronize via clouds. It helps to limit the full size image.
  • Link to source:
    The thumbnail links back to the original image’s current location, for example on your device or on a cloud. When linking to an image on your device/computer the full size image is not available on other devices.
  • Upload to Cloud:
    A copy of the full size image is uploaded to the cloud. The thumbnail links to this cloud link and the image can be opened on other devices that have access to the same cloud.


  • After adding the image, drag the the resize tool  to increase or decrease the image or thumbnail size. When you increase the image, the resolution will decrease.
  • Use drag and drop to add an image. (SimpleMind Desktop or iOs11 or higher)
  • Images are anchored to their topic: if you move the topic, images move along with it. Drag and drop the image to another topic to anchor the image to that other topic. In free form layout you can drag an image and move it anywhere on the mind map. In auto layout you can drag an image to change the distance between the topic and the image.


An icon is a (small) picture displayed inside a topic. A topic can have one icon at most.

SimpleMind has 100+ build-in stock icons to choose from. You can also add your own custom icons.
You can choose to insert the stock icon as a large or small icon.
Tap the icon, this adds it to the topic.

Android, iPad & iPhone:
To add an icon to a topic, select the topic and tap the toolbar icon . Then, from the topic toolbar tap the icon button Add icon. Tap the icon, this adds it to the topic.
SimpleMind Desktop: Use the icon picker in the inspector panel on the right side of your screen. Tap the icon, this adds it to the topic.
To show the icon picker, select the icon tab by clicking icon button Add icon. Or use the main menu – “View” – “Show Icons”

Adding custom icons

To add your own custom icons to the custom icons tab, open the icon picker as described above and select the “Custom Icons” tab. How you add a new custom icon depends on the platform:
Android: Use the commands in the top toolbar: “Image from Gallery”, “Take a small picture” or “Image from file”.
iPad/iPhone: Select the custom icons tab and tap “Edit Custom Icons”. This opens the custom icon editor. On the top toolbar tap “+” to add a new icon, for example from camera roll. When you’re done, tap “Back” to exit the custom icons editor.
Desktop: In the icon picker, select the “Custom Icons” tab. At the bottom toolbar click “Edit Icons”. This enables the edit mode. You can now use “Add” to select one or more images. When you’re done, click “Edit Icons” again to exit the edit mode.

SimpleMind reduces custom icons to a maximum of 240 pixels wide or high irrespective of the size of the original image.

Navigation Links

SimpleMind supports adding a (single) navigation link to a topic. You may link to a mind map, a web page, a contact or a file.
From the topic toolbar  select link  to add or remove a link. After you add a link, the topic shows a navigation icon. Tap this navigation icon to open the link.

Navigation link types

  • Link to a mind map:
    Links to another mind map on your device on or in a cloud.
  • Link to a specific topic in a mind map:
    Use copy/paste link to link to a specific topic in the same or another mind map. See more in this video .
  • Link to a web page:
    Links the topic to a web page. Fill out, or copy/paste, the whole internet-address, including http:// or https:// to make the link work.
  • Link to a document in the cloud:
    Adds a device independent link to a document in the same cloud (such as Dropbox) as the mind map. Other devices with access to the same cloud can open these documents. Linking to a document in the cloud is only available when the mind map is stored in the cloud.
  • Link to a document on your device:
    A link to a local file is bound to your device or computer and won’t open across devices. To overcome this problem, SimpleMind optionally allows uploading a copy of the linked document to a cloud. The link will then actually be a “Link to Document in Cloud” as described above and will be available across devices.
  • Link to a contact: (SimpleMind for iPad/iPhone, Android and Mac)
    Adds a link to a contact by phone-number or email address. Other devices with the same contact can open the link. If the contact has more than one e-mail address or phone-number you can choose where you want to link to.
    See more in this video .
    Note: If you use different contact apps, use link by e-mail. Phone numbers need to be exactly the same, if they are not, the link will not work. For example, when Jim’s number is (+31) 11 1234567 on your Android and 011-1234567 on your iPhone.
  • Linking to a specific page in a pdf (SimpleMind for Desktop):
    From the topic toolbar  select link to document or web page  select link .
    Click the pdf icon and select the pdf. Next, from the pdf’s table of contents select the page you want to link to.

Note! SimpleMind for Mac (AppStore edition) and SimpleMind for iPad/iPhone are sandboxed. This a security measure from Apple and limits what the AppStore edition of SimpleMind can do. Because of that linking ot a file on your own device is not allowed. When working in the files tab you cannot add or use links at all.

Checkboxes and progress bars

You can add checkboxes, progress bars or roll-up progress bars to topics.
A checkbox can only be checked or unchecked.
A progress bar can set progress gradually (0 tot 100 procent).
The roll up progress automatically calculates the total progress of the branch.

From the topic toolbar  select  to add checkboxes and progress bars.

Group borders

A group border visually groups topics by drawing a line around those topics.
To display a group border, use the topic toolbar  and select the group border icon . Next select group border or branch border.

Group border

  • Around any group of topics
  • Customise colors and shape.
  • Click the group border to select it and;
    • delete it
    • use the toolbartoolbar to customize.
    • add or remove topics with the node wellicon.

Branch border

  • Always around the whole branch.
  • The branch border’s colors are auto-derived from the topic’s fill color and the mind map’s background color.



SimpleMind for iPad/iPhone and SimpleMind for Android support adding multiple video recordings to a topic. SimpleMind adds an image with a thumbnail of the video in the mind map. Double tap the thumbnail to play back the video.

To add a video recording, select the topic you want to add the video to. Use the topic toolbar  and select the image icon . Tap “Add image”. Select “Record Movie”.

Where SimpleMind stores the video file depends on where you stored the mind map, in a cloud or locally:

  • Cloud
    The video file is uploaded to that cloud. Other devices that have access to the same cloud can play the video.
  • Local
    SimpleMind stores the video locally on your device. Because that video is stored on your device only, other devices cannot play back the video.
    Please note! iOs 11 and higher can only store on the cloud.


Voice memo’s

A voice memo allows you to record and play back audio. After recording a voice memo SimpleMind shows a voice memo icon in the topic. Tap the voice memo icon to play back the voice memo.
To add a voice memo, select the topic you want to add the voice memo to. Use the topic toolbar and select the voice memo icon .

SimpleMind for iPad&iPhone: Adding voice memo’s is only possible if you are connected to a built-in cloud. Because of Apple’s security, it is not possible to store/open the recorded file on your device.
Note! In this 1.23 version has a bug allowing you to select “Files” to store your recording. This is not possible and after you record your voice memo nothing happens. This will be removed in the next update.

To add a voice memo, select the topic you want to add the voice memo to. Use the topic toolbar and select the voice memo icon .

SimpleMind Desktop is able to play back voice memos recorded with SimpleMind mobile editions.


Relation paths

In SimpleMind you can choose between 3 relation path types. Select this in the Style sheet, mind map style or per relation.

  • Curved paths
  • Straight paths
  • Angled paths

In free form layout drag a relation line to manually adjust the path. Use the relation toolbar to clear  the manually adjusted path. In an auto layout you can only drag crosslink lines.

Note for smaller mobile devices: First enable “Draggable relation lines” in Preferences.

Visual appearance

Styling hierarchy

The visual appearance of a Mind Map and its elements (topics, relations etc.) is controlled by styles. A style defines colors, borders, font size etc.
These styles are hierarchically organized. This hierarchy of styles allows you to adjust / redefine appearance on each level:

  • Style Sheet
    Top-level: when no other style settings have been applied, the selected style sheet defines the appearance of the mind map.
  • Mind Map Style
    Use the Mind Map style to redefine (aspects of) the selected style sheet for all elements in the opened mind map.
  • Element Style
    Use the element style to redefine the appearance for a single element.

Additionally you can set preferences that operate on a global level for all mind maps.


Style sheets

A style sheet contains a complete definition for a mind map’s appearance. It for example defines a color scheme and sub-styles for topics and relations. SimpleMind has a set of good  looking built-in style sheets that allow you to quickly change the look of your mind map. Such as: Bright Colors, Natural Colors and Spring Levels.

To select a style sheet:
iPad/iPhone: Tap the style sheet tool Palette from the toolbar or tap “Style”.
Android: Tap the style sheet tool Palette from the toolbar or “Select Style” from the overflow menu.
Desktop: Use the style sheet drop down Palette in the style toolbar or use the inspector (right side of the screen).


Custom style sheets

Custom style sheets allow customizing and extending the build-in style sheets. For example: create a custom style sheet with a different background color and a different color palette. The custom style sheets appear in the style sheet list, just like the build-in style sheets.

You can apply a custom style to any mind map. When you adjust the Mind Map style this only changes the mind map that is currently opened.

Level versus Branch based style sheets

Style sheets can either apply the color scheme per level or per branch.
A level based style applies colors per level like so:

A branch based style applies colors per branch like so:

Note: if you change a topic’s color in a branch based style, this affects the whole branch, unless a child defines its own customized color.

Mind Map Style

The Mind Map style allows to customize style sheet attributes (border style for example) and affects all elements in opened mind map. Additionally it controls mind map specific attributes like:

  • Auto numbering,
  • Background color,
  • Custom checkbox color,
    Without a custom check box color, topic checkboxes are tinted according to the topic colors. Note: Defining (near) white as custom checkbox color results in plain black and white checkboxes,
  • The way hierarchical relations connect to topics (centered, base line or left-right).

To adjust the Mind Map style:
iPad/iPhone: Select Mind Map Style from the dropdown menu.
Android: Select Mind Map Style from the overflow menu.
Mac: Select from the main menu “Style” → “Mind Map Style”.
Windows: Select from the main menu “Style” → “Mind Map Style”.

Element Style

Each element’s (topic, relation) visual appearance is ultimately controlled by the element’s style.
The element style allows you to fine tune appearance by redefining attributes like border style, border width, colors and alignment.

To adjust the element style:
Android & iPad/iPhone: Tap the element’s toolbar  and select .
Desktop: You’ll probably find it much easier to use the style toolbar to customize appearance for selected elements. If you want, you can use the style tab on the element’s properties dialog (Windows Ctrl+E, Mac Alt+Command+E).

Style presets

Rather than selecting the same combination of custom fill color or border width repeatedly, SimpleMind supports creating and applying style presets.
A style preset defines customized attributes like fill color, stroke color and border style. When you apply this preset, you change multiple attributes at once. SimpleMind comes with a set of pre-defined presets but you can also create your own presets.
For branch based style sheets, changing a topic’s color affects the whole branch.

Desktop: To apply a style preset, use the presets button from the style toolbar (star icon). To apply a style preset, customize an element. Select this element and click “add a new preset” (star with green +)
Android & iPad/iPhone:
To apply a style preset, tap Palette from the topic toolbar.
To add a style preset, tap style presets, tap edit (iPad/iPhone) then +.
The eraser preset clears the element’s style customization. When you select multiple topics you can use the eraser directly from the topic toolbar.

Format text in notes, topics and labels

You can format (parts of) text in topics, label and notes. For example, you can make one word italic or bold.

Important! SimpleMind for Windows can only show this in notes.

Windows: To format text in Notes use the toolbar in Notes. Change whole topics and whole labels via the style toolbar.
Mac: Select the text and via the menu use Style – Font.
iPad: Select the text. Use the toolbar of your keyboard. “A” toggles toolbar between typography and tools.
iPhone: Select the text and use the context menu.
Android: Select the text and use the (overflow) menu.


In preferences you can control basic visual attributes for all mind maps, like fonts, snap options, general options and image options.

To open the preferences:
iPad/iPhone: Select “Preferences” from the drop down menu.
Android: Select “Preferences” from the overflow menu.
Desktop: Select from the main menu “SimpleMind” → “Preferences”.


Fonts that are used in all mind maps are defined in Preferences. Using the default fonts assures mind maps look identical across platforms and devices. If you do adjust the default global fonts on one device, select the same fonts on other devices to assure shared/synchronized mind maps look identical.

Rather than adjusting global font sizes to improve legibility, we recommend adjusting the editor scale factor. The editor scale factor changes the scale used at 100% zoom level. Adjusting the editor scale factor, rather than adjusting font sizes, assures your mind maps look identical across all devices.
See more in the video below.

Snap options

To assist in aligning topics, SimpleMind supports snap to grid and snap to guidelines.

  • Snap to grid
    When you move a single topic around and snap to grid is enabled, the topic aligns or “snaps to” the grid position, even though the grid itself is not visible. This is useful for an accurate placement of topics.
  • Snap to guidelines
    Guidelines help you align topics to each other. When enabled, SimpleMind displays guidelines when a topic aligns with another topic. The guide lines are only displayed when you move a single topic around. You can see this in the video below.
    In most cases the combination of “center horizontal” and “center vertical” guide lines will work best. Topics always keep the same center, even when you edit the topic text or change the font(size). This means that when you use “Center”, topics stay aligned. Another useful combination is to horizontal align left and right sides combined with center vertical. However, when you change the topic text (or font size), you need to re-align the left or right edges.

Select “Snap Options” in “Preferences” to change the options to your liking.



The outline shows the structure of the mind map. The outline is shown on the right side of your screen. Smaller devices (phones) show the outline as a new window over the mind map.

  • Hierarchical view
    Drag and drop to reorder topics. If the mind map has an auto layout, the topics in the mind map will be moved as well. In free form layout this will change the topic order only.
  • Check list
    Shows only topics with checked and unchecked checkboxes. Click to check or uncheck.
  • To Do list
    Show topics with unchecked checkboxes only.
    To Do list
  • Done list
    Shows topics with checked checkboxes only.
    Done list
  • Date list
    Shows topics with a date only, sorted by date.
    Dat filter

To open the outline:
iPad/iPhone: Select “Outline” from the drop down menu.
Android: Select outline  from the (overflow) menu.
Desktop: Click the outline icon Outline icon on the right side of the screen. Or via the main menu – “View” – “Show outline”

Presentation mode

Use the presentation mode to showcase your mind map.
Presentation mode disables editing and displays the mind map in full screen. Commands that stay available are: hide/show topics and collapse/expand branch.

iPad/iPhone: Select presentation mode from the dropdown menu.
Android: Select presentation mode from the toolbar or overflow menu.
Desktop: From the main menu select “View” → “(Toggle) Presentation mode”.

Auto focus

SimpleMind supports auto focus, mainly used in combination with presentation mode. You can auto focus:

  • the selected topic only
  • the selected topic and the children (see image below)
  •  the entire branch
  • Optionally check “include cross linked topics”

iPad/iPhone: Select “Auto focus” from the drop down menu.
Android: Select “Auto focus” from the overflow menu.
Windows: Select “Auto focus” from the statusbar (bottom of the screen), or use main menu “Zoom” → “Auto Focus”.
Mac: Click auto focus button on the toolbar, or use main menu “Zoom” → “Auto Focus”.


You can search

  • for mind maps
  • in the opened mind map

Search for mind maps

This is used to find and open a mind map quickly.
First select the storage, for example Local or Dropbox. Type the text in the search bar in the toolbar. SimpleMind shows a list with the found mind maps.
Tip: Long press the search icon to select “Search Titles” or “Full Text Search”.

Search in opened mind map

Use this to find topics or labels with a specific text. All other topics/labels will be faded, so the found topics and labels stand out.The search also applies to the outliner.

Mac: Command+F (Mac) and enter text.
Windows: Control+F (Windows) and enter text.
iPad/iPhone/Android: Select “search” from the (overflow) menu and enter text.
Tip: Use the arrows in the search window to move from the first found topic/label to the next and so forth.

Search in opened mind map – advanced (Desktop only)

Apart from finding text, you can use the advanced search to filter topics by (un)checked state, a specific icon or before or after a date. Filters can be combined, so you can look for a a topic with an unchecked state and a red flag icon (see image below).
Long press the search tool and check “advanced search”.


Open in new window (SimpleMind for Desktop)

SimpleMind for Desktop can open mind maps in multiple windows.
To open the mind map in a new window from the main menu use “View” – “Open in New Window” or use the shortcut Command+O (Mac) or Control+O (Windows).


  • When opening the same mind map twice, the second mind map will be read only. When a mind map is read only, you see a watermark lock.
  • On Windows you can customize the mind map explorer toolbar and main toolbar to add a button “Open in New Window”. Right click – Customize.



Topic toolbar

Select a topic and tap the toolbar icon  to bring up the topic toolbar.

The topic toolbar contains these topic related commands: (not all commands are available on all platforms)

Copy Copy – copies the selected topic and branch to the clipboard.
Cut Cut – cuts the selected topic and branch to the clipboard.
Paste – the pasted topics are added as child to the selected topic. iPad/iPhone: Long press for options “Paste as Central Theme” and “Paste text as list”.
Palette Select palette color or style preset.
Topic properties and topic style.
element_style_24 Adjust the topic style.
Add icon Add an icon.
Add image or video Add an image. On Android and iPad/iPhone you can also add video.
Add a label or a call-out.
Add a navigation link.
voice_memo_24 Record a voice memo. SimpleMind for iPad/iPhone and Android only.
Select check boxes or progress bars.
Set date Set date.
Display a group border or branch border.
Change the layout.
Crosslink Add a cross link.


Image toolbar

Select an image and click the toolbar icon to bring up the image toolbar. The image toolbar contains these image related commands: (not all commands are available on all platforms)

Send to back – rearranges the image behind other images in the same containing topic.
Bring to front – rearranges the image before other images in the same containing topic.
Copy Copy – copies the selected image to the clipboard. Use paste from the topic tool bar to paste the image into another topic.
Edit Image Link – change the image link that is opened when double tapping the thumbnail.
Add image or video Change Image – select a different image or photo.
Rotate – rotate the image. Use the two finger rotate gesture (iPad/iPhone only).


Relation toolbar

Select a relation and click the toolbar icon to bring up the relation toolbar. The relation toolbar contains these commands:

Delete the relation. (mobile devices only. Desktop use the Delete button.)
Adjust the relation style.
Clear style customization.
Clear the manually adjusted path.
Add a label .