You create a mind map sheet by clicking the "New Mind Map" button on the "BoostExcel" ribbon tab.
The mind map sheet contains two parts: the node table on the left, and the charting area on the right.
The node table contains 3 columns: WBS, Description, and Node Type.
|WBS||The WBS column defines the levels and hierarchical relation of the nodes. |
The WBS numbers are generated automatically. You shouldn't edit them manually. You adjust them by using the commands on the "Mind Map" ribbon tab, such as "Make Parent", "Make Child", "Move Up", "Move Down".
Each time you refresh the chart, all the WBS numbers are recalculated.
If you select the "Numbering" option on the ribbon, the WBS numbers appear on the diagram too.
|Description||This is the text that appears in the node box.|
|Node Type||Click a cell on the "Node Type" column, you'll see a pop-up box appears. Click a shape type to select the type of box to use for the node. |
You can disable the pop-up box by pushing down the "Disable Node Picker" button on the ribbon.
Like Flowchart Maker, Mind Map Maker supports all the 28 flowchart shapes supported by Excel.
The charting area shows gridlines by default. To turn it off, go to Excel"s "View" ribbon tab, uncheck "Gridlines" in the "Show" group.
There are several options on the ribbon that allow you to control how the app draws the chart. For example, the template to use, to draw the parent-child relationship horizontally or vertically, whether to split the chart, etc. See Ribbon Commands for the details.