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Turn Your Microsoft Documents Into Mind Maps for Visualizing Concepts

Saikat Basu 20-09-2017

A Microsoft Word document can be a complex pile of words. Sometimes you need to polish it with crystal thinking and give it a clear direction. Outlining a Word document before you write is one option.


But have you considered a mind map instead? It’s already easy to make mind maps with Microsoft Word How to Build a Mind Map in Microsoft Word Microsoft Word may not be the first tool you pick for mind maps. But with these tips, Word can be effective for mind mapping. Read More , but there’s a free web app that makes it even easier by turning existing Microsoft Word documents into easy-to-visualize mind maps.

Visualize Your Concepts

Let’s imagine you have a huge chunk of information jotted down in Microsoft Word. The outline feature helps you see how one section flows into the next. In short, you can make sense with its logical direction.

Wiles Mind is a free web app that takes one extra step and gives you a bird’s eye view of the entire document. At one glance it can help you see how the ideas expressed in the document fit together with each other:

“As your research, projects, or notes become more complex and inter-related, being able to visualize how different concepts are related and grouped will help simplify your document and reveal similarities that may not be immediately apparent.”

Wiles Mind doesn’t perform magic. It takes a Microsoft Word document’s headings and uses that to create the mind map. It is another way of using outlines to structure your document in the right order, and this simple process illustrates why it is easier to edit the structure of your document in “outline mode.”

Turn Your Microsoft Documents Into Mind Maps for Visualizing Concepts Wiles Mind


If you have a Word document with well-structured headings, then try Wiles Mind to demonstrate your ideas with a mind map:

  1. Use the simple form on the site to upload your mind map.
  2. Prove you are not a robot by passing the (annoying but necessary) verification test.
  3. Give your email ID where the app will send you the secure Amazon S3-hosted link to your mind map.

The file is deleted from the server in 48 hours. Before that, you can download and print your mind map for offline use if need be.

Clear Your Thinking With Wiles Mind

Wiles Mind is a simple tool and a weekend project for the developer. But mind maps are good habits to get into. In my experience, I have found that a mind map exercise before I sit down to write anything helps me peel away layers I wouldn’t have noticed otherwise.

Have you tried a mind map before any writing exercise? Which is your favorite mind map tool if it isn’t pen and paper?

Related topics: Microsoft Office 2016, Microsoft Word, Mindmapping.

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  1. T Wiles
    September 21, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Glad you like it! Author here - this was indeed a weekend project I pulled together to help me deal with and visualize some of my lengthy word documents.

  2. Jessie Linda Wiliiams- Virgil
    September 20, 2017 at 11:52 am

    This was very helpful for me. I write a lot of
    Emails on various subjects and at times it is nessary for me to place a sentence or a paragraph before or after the sequence that I have written it in or combine it with another sentence or paragraph, especially when a time frame is involved. Thanjs.

    • Saikat Basu
      September 21, 2017 at 5:22 am

      Thanks, Jessie. This is a very simple tool, and I think the developer also had a similar need when he made this.