This Mousebytes explains how to create a Brainstorm drawing in Visio. Another name for a brainstorm drawing is a mind map. Once you have added a main topic to your brainstorm drawing you can break down your ideas into subtopics.
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Get Started with your Brainstorm/Mind Map Drawing
To create a Brainstorm drawing click File | New and then click Business in the Template Categories area.
Next double-click on the Brainstorm diagram template button. Click on the Ribbon’s Brainstorming tab to view tools and commands for this type of drawing.
Ensure that the Outline Window option on the Ribbon is checked. The outline window appears bottom left of your drawing.
Your starting point with brainstorm drawings is to add a Main Topic shape from the Brainstorming Shapes stencil.
As soon as you add the main topic shape to your drawing start typing a name for the topic.
Next right-click on the main topic and click Add Multiple Subtopics. In the resulting dialog box add each topic on a separate line and then click OK to confirm.
The subtopics will be added to the drawing as shown below.
To break down the subtopics into more detail, add subtopics to them in the same way as you did for the main topic.
As and when needed use the Auto-Arrange tool on the Ribbon to automatically rearrange and reposition subtopics on the drawing page.
If you need to add a topic at the same level as an existing topic, simply right-click on the topic and from the menu select Add Peer Topic.
You can move a subtopic up and down amongst its peer topics. To achieve this right-click on the subtopic within the Outline Window and in the menu select Move Up or Move Down.
To move a subtopic to a different parent topic simply drag it to its new position using the Outline Window.