Exporting to Word has been both a strength and a weakness of MindManager. MindManager does a good job exporting the topics and notes, creating a hierarchical document structure based on the topic levels in the map. However getting the formatting right without further editing in Word is less than intuitive.
A couple of preparatory steps and some mapping guidelines can be followed to ensure better results - first time.
- Edit the key Word styles such as Heading 1, Heading 2, Body Text
- Think of a hierarchical document structure based on these styles
- Create a simple one page document using all the required styles and following your hierarchy
- Save this as a Word template.
- Just one branch will do as long as it contains all the levels in your Word hierarchy
- From the export options, make sure you select the template created in the first step
- Export the map
- Review the document and edit the additional styles created by the MindManager export - these all begin with MM such as MM Topic 1, MM Topic 2
- Save this document as a new Word template
3. Now create the map with your actual product and export
- Now start work on the map you are using to create your document, report or presentation
- When ready, review the map and ensure the topic levels conform to the document hierarchy you created in your second Word template
- Export the map, ensuring you use the second Word template - ensure you match the topic levels to the MM topics in this template - NOT the default Word topics such as Heading 1 and so on
- Complete the export and review the Word document for any final formatting.
This is all described in more detail in a map, which you can download here. It also contains sample templates. When you develop a template you like, it can be used over and over again - the first two steps above can be omitted.
I'm working on a more complete map covering Word styles for notes, relationships and attachments that will be posted soon.