Have Topics Not inherit Parent Formatting

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is there a way i can have topics NOT inherit the parent when i connect them?

The way i like to work is make a bunch of Floating Topics, I then seperate by category, then I format the various categories based on thier functions... I then piece my map together based on steps and a flow between the various "topics". But once you start piecing it together, they change based on the property of the parent...  how annoying!

is there a way to turn this functionality off?  Formatting should be more customizable based on how a user "looks" as his "project".

I think MM should move away from the "Topic" "SubTopic" thinking of building maps.  Thats how mind maps started but has progressed and moved away from using maps to structure a flow of ideas for writing literature to structuring thought.  This thinking keep MM very rigid in how topics are placed within the map and how customizable the formatting can be...  Ive noticed it always "ALL or Nothing" when using alot of MM features...
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aHa!Coaching, Champion

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It depends on what properties you're talking about? For example, the background color of a Floating Topic will stay the same when it is dragged to another topic.
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Not necessarily - it seems to depend partly on how the map template was set up and if the floating topic was formatted manually or not.

In my experience if the floating topic has a default colour that's different to the default used for "normal" topics, then it will change when it's connected to the central topic or a main topic to reflect the default colour of the latter. If however the floating topic has a new colour applied to it then it will retain that colour when joined to the central or main topics.

The simplest solution may be to create a floating topic with a new colour and save this as a map part. To use this you will have to drag it to the map sufficiently far from the central topic that it isn't joined to it - as far as I can tell, you can't just paste a map part as a floating topic.

Also, Jon, you might want to look at the Network Builder add-in. This can be used to turn MM into a concept mapper.

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