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Map Markers: How to Codify Maps with Icons & Text Markers

Using map markers puts you in control of your map!

Map markers let you codify topics in your map with visual icons or text tags. Specify priorities, % complete, categories, status, or whatever you fancy. Applying markers lets you add layers of context to each and every topic in your map.

An immediate advantage is that you can quickly glance at your map and take in a lot of data. That’s just the start. After you apply markers, it becomes easier to select, display, or hide topics that match criteria that you set. I’ll cover these capabilities in tomorrow’s post. For now, I’ll show you several ways to quickly add markers to topics in your map. Review these methods and pick one that works best for you!

 

Add Markers Using the Ribbon Toolbar:

  1. Select one or more topics where you would like to place the Marker.
  2. On the Home tab, in the Map Markers group, click Icon or Text Markers.
  3. Select the marker you want to assign to the topic(s). Once a marker has been added, you can hover over it with your mouse pointer to see its meaning.

 

Add Markers Using the Quick Access Toolbar 

Quick Access Toolbar Setup: Right click on the Icon or Text Marker on the Home tab, you will see an option to “Add to Quick Access Toolbar”.

  1. Select one or more topics where you would like to place the Marker.
  2. On the Quick Access Toolbar, left-click either the Icon or Text Markers icon.
  3. Scroll to and select the marker you want to assign to the topic(s).

 

Add Markers Using the Map Marker Pane

  1. Select one or more topics where you would like to place the Marker.
  2. Open the Map Marker Pane in the task pane
  3. Scroll to and left click on the marker you want to assign to the topic(s).

 

 

Add Markers Using the Topic’s Context Menu

  1. Select one or more topics where you would like to place the Marker.
  2. Right click on one of the selected topics to display the context menu. 
  3. Select either the Text or Icon Markers option and select a marker to assign it to the selected topic(s).

Now you saw four ways to apply markers into your maps: the menu, quick access tool bar, map marker pane, and the right context menu. What are you waiting for? Start marking up those maps!

In upcoming posts, we’ll explore tips on how to use, modify, and customize your map markers. 

Still have questions about Map Markers? Leave them in the comments and I’ll try to address them in the upcoming posts for this series. 

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About the Author: Michael Deutch is Mindjet’s Chief Evangelist, content contributor for the Mindjet Blog and the Mindjet Connections newsletter. Get more from Michael on Twitter

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