From the Main
Idea Symbol, click the Rapidfire Button on
the top toolbar and type in a subcategory topic
then hit Enter. This will pop out your Subcategory
From the Main Idea Symbol you can click the
Create then a directional green dot,
and you will create subtopic symbols in that
|You can Drag and Drop symbols
from the Symbol Palette anywhere you want in the
Inspiration window and type in a subtopic label
||You can point
and type anywhere in the Inspiration window
and the default symbol will automatically appear.
hyperlinks in an Inspiration diagram type
the URL and hit the Enter key on your keybord.
The hyperlink becomes active. If you want just
words to become a hyper link follow these steps:
the word that you want to become a link.
the Hyperlink button on the top Menu bar.
- In the
box that pops up type in the URL hyperlink
and click OK.
- You can
hyperlink to a webpage, a file, email or new
To insert a graphic from another source
as a symbol, click [Edit] on the top Menu
bar and then click "Insert Graphic". You can
also insert the date by clicking "Edit" then
To move your diagram around in the Inspiration
window click on the Position Tool on
the bottom toolbar and then click and drag
the diagram in the window. Don't forget to
click off the Position Tool when you are finished.
|To resize a
symbol click and drag from any of the corner
You can add Notes to an Inspiration
symbol by clicking on the symbol and then clicking
on the "Add Notes" button on the top toolbar.
OR.... by double clicking on the top left hand
handlebar surrounding the symbol. When your
notes have been added that handlebar will be
solid red in version 6 indicating that notes
Click the Spell Check button
on the top toolbar and you will be able to
help you in the diagram or outline mode.
feature in the bottom left hand corner
of the Inspiration screen allows you to zoom
in and out on your diagram. Click on "Big
Mountains" to zoom in and "Little Mountains"
to zoom out. You can also click on the percent
to zoom in and out.
|To change existing symbols click
on the symbol to get handlebars then click on
the new symbol in the Symbol Palette that you
To establish links between two symbols
click on the Link Tool on the top toolbar
then click on the first symbol and then the
symbol you want to draw the link to. To move
the link to a different position on the symbol
just click and drag the tip of arrow to a new
spot on the symbol.
|You can create
link text between symbols by clicking on the
link then typing in the link text box that pops
up. The small black dot at the bottom of the link
text box will allow you to click and drag the
linktext box anywhere on the connecting link line.
||You are able to
format the link connectors by clicking on
"Link" on the top Menu bar. Here you can chose
between standard and auto links and curved or
straight links. To make any changes in links you
must have clicked on it to select it.
|To change the
color of the background on your Inspiration
map click "Effect" on the top Menu bar then click
"Background Color" and click the color you want.
||To change the font, color, size,
style, or to justify, click "Text" on the top
Menu bar and then make your choice. Remember text
must be selected before making changes.
If you need help
lining up the elements of your Inspiration map
click "Tools" on the top Menu bar and then click
"Grid Settings". Show Grid or Snap to
Grid will make your symbols snap in place on
the grid lines. If you want more freedom in
placement of symbols click to take the checkmark
off of "Grid Snap".
If you want to change the colors of a symbol
click on it and then click the Multicolor tool
on the Draw toolbar at the bottom of the screen.
Now find the color you want to change and point
to it and then choose your new color.
To get your Inspiration map to print
on one page go to "File]" on the top Menu bar
and click "Page Setup" and make sure "Fit to
One Page" is checked. This is the default in
Version 7. You also have the option of Portrait
or Landscape here.
||You can save your
Inspiration map as different kinds of files. On
the Menu bar at the top of the screen, click "File"
then "Export" and chose the file format you want...
gif and jpeg are the two most common. You can
even save it in HTML format (webpage).
|How to Create Custom Default Settings in...
Version 6...Add your own style
to your Inspiration diagrams. If you find
yourself making the same changes of color,
font, and size over and over, then you need
to change the default settings in Inspiration.
To customize the default settings follow the
- Click "Utility"
on the top Menu bar and then click "Default
- Click "Change"
- Now choose the
default settings for Symbols, Links, Notes,
Outline View, Page Layout, and Printing
and click "Next" after you make each choice.
- To save the changes
you have made, click "Finish"
- Any new projects
that you create from now on will have your
customized default settings.