How can I copy and paste a topic with links?

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I'd like to be able to copy and paste a topic with sub-topics including any HTML links. This is something that works well from Freemind.

For extra points it would be good to have it as a formatted list with sub-lists, currently the indentation is spaces.

I've tried variations on exporting, saving as outlines, "Send Topic(s) To" and so on but so far haven't succeeded. The closest I've come is "Send Topic(s) To" Word but the resulting document is messy and seems to be confused as regards what are topics/sub-topics.

The end goal is to be able to have Thunderbird send a formatted topic. At present Thunderbird pastes the image for some reason but I'd be happy to go via a second application, eg Word, if there was a paste option or some other means to extract a simple HTML formatted outline that includes the links.
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You can copy paste any topic using ctrl -c and ctrl- v to other apps as well. Try this with excel to get a feel for it.
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I don't know thunderbird. So include image or video to help us help you.
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And in Mm2019 you can import from freemind since many of those freemind users need the extra's of MM2019
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Here's what happens when you paste into a Thunderbird HTML compose window from both MindManager and from FreeMind. The original mind map contains icons too but these are not reproduced in any of the pastes:



FreeMind even preserves links when pasted into a Thunderbird plain text:


Similar results when pasting into Word from MindManager:


And pasting from FreeMind:


The FreeMind RTF failed to retain the italic/bold, but an HTML paste does:

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There are some options in MindManager that may help you.
To be able to find out if they are good enough you may need to switch them on.

You could export to HTML5
You could use the export to webpages.
To switch that on... go to Options add-ins and check the box for Save as Webpages

Once it is switched on, you have an extra export option. Export as webpages.
There are some basic tuning facilities and some for advanced.
 I tested for you with the Clckable Image file and there it works

Good luck and tell us what has helped you.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I tried a few variations on this.

HTML5 is a single file and looks great but doesn't render in Thunderbird's mail composer or viewer. The solution would be to attach it to the email and that's probably my best bet for the full experience for recipients. It's a big file but pretty much includes everything.

The Clickable Imagemap works to some extent in that the pasted image has clickable links but there's no means for a recipient to access the underlying text (eg search, copy/paste).

Web page export was pretty but involved multiple files and folders so not particularly suitable for email.

Going back to saving as Word I got some reasonably decent results once I turned off the 1.2.3.4.5 style formatting but it's still not as neatly pasted into an email body as I get with FreeMind. Once the document was in word I could play with different outline styles which gave better results but I'd rather not have to massage the content if there was an easier way.

I'll continue to play but my feedback to MindJet is to have a "simple" HTML formatted output available as either an export/save or a copy/paste option.
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Just one other option for you...
Try the publish function. It creates an HTML5 file but in the cloud.
No need for a separate viewer etc.
You send your audience a link - even password protected if you want.
And it has several options to finetune.

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If you either export the whole document to Word or send a portion of it to an existing Word document rather than copying and pasting in Word the icons and hyperlinks should appear in the Word document.

However, any formatting at the topic level will be overridden by Word styles (or to be precise, the MindManager version of Word styles that are installed in the Word template). The exception is the text in topic notes, which should preserve the MindManager formatting.

As you've probably discovered you can easily change imported topic text by editing these styles - bear in mind though that these are copies of the Word styles in the template and not the original Word styles themselves. This can cause a bit of confusion especially if you send a segment of a mind map to an existing Word document.