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Mind Mapping For Dummies by Tony Buzan, Florian Rustler

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Boxes and clouds – highlighting what’s important

Many people are used to underlining important points when reading texts or highlighting them with a marker pen. Of course, you can also use highlighters to mark individual branches when generating Mind Maps.

Another possibility with Mind Mapping is to include boxes and cloud symbols.

As Figure 3-4 shows, clouds can be deployed in several ways in Mind Mapping:

check.png You can emphasise a branch that seems especially important to you.

check.png By drawing in a cloud outline you can highlight a branch and all its sub-branches to give special emphasis to a whole thematic complex.

check.png You can also box in a branch and all its sub-branches. The role of the cloud is no longer to highlight something particularly important but to separate the individual main themes of a Mind Map even more clearly from each other.

tip.eps It’s a matter of personal style just how you use cloud outlines. I recommend that you use them sparingly to highlight only those aspects that are really important and to make them visible at a glance.

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