Better Meeting Facilitation with MindManager: Customizable Keyboard Shortcuts

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Michael Deutch

June 3, 2014

Last month, I met with one of our passionate MindManager users and evangelists, Ruven Gotz. When Ruven isn’t serving his clients as a SharePoint consultant, he’s usually touring the country speaking at SharePoint events — and demonstrating how he uses MindManager.

Making Meetings Better

MD JP blog image 2During his visit, Ruven showed off how he customized keyboard shortcuts to apply marker icons to topics while facilitating meetings.

How do you do this?

Open MindManager for Windows, and in the Insert Tab, select the Icons pull down list and choose the option “More Icons.” The Library should open to the Icons tab.

To create a shortcut key for an icon, right-click on the icon. Select the Shortcut Key option in the context menu and then select one of the 9 available shortcut keys.

MD JP blog image 1

I’ve set the question, idea, thumbs up & down, decision, information, warning, and green & red flags as my shortcuts.

MindManager for Windows has many, many, many keyboard shortcuts. They aren’t all customizable though.

Give these a shot, and let us know what you think in the comments!

4 Responses to “Better Meeting Facilitation with MindManager: Customizable Keyboard Shortcuts”

  1. Greg Malone

    I’ve never understood software developers that don’t let users modify or add shortcuts. It’s a conceit, I think. For instance, in MindManager, sure would be nice to have a Task Info panel shortcut. Duh.

    • MichaelDeutch

      I’d like to think it’s not a conceit. we have well over 100 different keyboard shortcuts, probably closer to 150. I’m not sure there are enough keys to handle all the different potential features. That said, allowing a customizable experience would be helpful (to you and other advanced users). Thanks for your recommendation. :)

  2. MichaelDeutch

    Hi, I’m not sure what tease you are referring to. I wrote the article as a tip for anyone who wants to use MindManager to facilitate meetings. It’s a great shortcut.

    I’ll pass your feedback about our web page for the Jetpack and the trial buttons to our marketing team.

    With respect to the ‘trial’, it isn’t possible for us at this time to allow trials of content like maps. Once they’re installed, they cannot be uninstalled or locked down. I appreciate your feedback and we’ll take that into consideration as we move forward.

  3. Herojig

    I too am a consultant (Project Planning) and demonstrate MM to my clients… see … and I just don’t get this. The tease was for an article on using “meeting jetpack” but this article appears to be about using icons in the standard product. In addition, why is a new template package not an upgrade to the overall product? In other words, without seeing this Jetpack first, I’d say it should be offered to existing customers – at least to try it out first. The jetpack page has a big try button on top, but that’s just a download link to the overall product, which is just that…no jetpack included. The website is also confusing in other ways, and when I refer my workshop participants to this site, a high percentage of them invariably come back to me with questions, some basic, like “What the heck is the name of the product that you want me to buy?!?” Not good.


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