Introducing: Map Templates

We’re proud to announce a new feature available to all users: map templates. When creating a new map, you’ll now be able to select from a number of predefined templates, covering many popular use cases of mind mapping.

These templates provide a skeleton for your mind map, containing a pre-defined structure, icons, images, and notes, to kick-start your brainstorming or structuring efforts. They’ll also help you find more usages for your MindMeister account, ultimately making you more efficient and productive.

Selecting Templates

The initial popover just shows the six most frequently used map templates, as well as your recent templates.

Clicking the “Browse Template Library” button opens an advanced dialog containing all existing templates in categories. This dialog will also let you preview the templates by clicking on the small magnifier icon, so you get an idea of its content before creating a new map.

Submit your own templates

So far, we have about 35 categorized templates which have been based on popular mapping templates or hand crafted by ourselves and a number of mind mapping enthusiasts in our environment. However, our future goal is to tap the vast knowledge and experience of you, our users, to be able to provide the best quality mind map templates in our apps. We’ll therefore be rolling out a template submission feature within MindMeister, complete with approval, rating and recognition options.

Until then, however, please feel free to share any interesting templates from your personal use with We’ll review each and every one of these, and include the best ones in MindMeister. Enjoy!

  • Matt

    How do you change the default template. I can’t stand the dark grey default template it doesn’t print very well.

  • Arthur


    is it possible to change templates of existing maps? I unfortunately only see the choice of templates when creating a new map.


  • Matt, not quite sure how that would work. Maybe you’re confusing templates with themes? Themes change the color scheme of a mind map and you can assign them to all maps, new or existing, by clicking the (i) icon in the map footer. Templates provide a branch structure for new maps and can’t be applied to existing content.

  • Arthur, right now you can’t change the default but you can of course apply a new theme when you create a new map (click the (i) icon in the map footer).

  • Arthur

    Cool, thanks, haven’t seen this option.

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  • @julio_gonzalez

    where is that “small magnifier icon” for previewing templates?

  • The icon was gone for a few days but should be back now (sorry for this).

  • Hi Guys, Is there a way to save a template ourselves and then duplicate it. E.g. we want to build our Design Brief in a mind map so need a base template we have designed for it to be used multiple times?

  • Hannah

    I agree with Stephen. I’d love to be able to make and save my own templates.