How to import MM styles to use in word document?

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I would like to import a word doc to Mindjet formatted using MM styles to allow links to be used etc. I have seen this done (Thanks Alex Gooding), but not sure how to make MM styles accessible in word.

Searched the internet profusely, but havent been able to find anything that will work.

Using Windows and Word 2013
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Create a template map in MIndManager with all the features you want to use in Word.

Export to Word with all the boxes ticked for the features you are using.

Save the Word document as a template document in Word.

Use this template to create documents in Word which import to MIndManager using the correct styles.

Note: MindManager Word styles can be child styles of normal.dot styles e.g. heading level 1, 2, 3, etc. Don't delete them from your template.
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Hi Ewan,
Apologies - Andrew has described the process which I should have outlined more clearly in my earlier post. The only thing I would add is that you should consider creating a template map in MindManager and exporting it to Word with all the features available rather than just those you want to use initially. That way you have to do it only once and all the MM styles will be available in Word.
I should also add that the normal MM import process does a fairly good job of importing documents formatted with standard Word paragraph styles, especially heading styles. The MM Word styles are useful however in situations where there isn't a default Word style or to provide more control if MM doesn't recognise the Word style or handle it in the way that you want.
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Hi Alex,

Your three part series on importing from Word has been invaluable ... thank you!

I have followed the process suggested by Andrew and I have identified a style in the template called "MM Data Container" for Topic Properties.  It's the same style that is applied to the Topic Property Label and the Property's Value.  The export works fine

I have not been able to import a topic property by assigning the MM Data Container style.

I have also tried to re-import the word document that MM created for my style template. In the export and import process the topic properties are lost.

The export to Word creates a two column table of topic properties directly under the Topic Text.  I have tried importing these values both as a table and also after converting to text.  No success.

Is it possible to import topic properties using this method?

I'm using MM 2017 and Office Professional 2010 (Word 2010)

Thanks

      
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Alex, Thanks for looking into it.

I managed to convert some of the topic properties into Text Tags and a Task Priority.  That has given a usable result.

Perhaps Topic Properties should only be used for calculations within a map?
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Hi Keith,

I finally had a chance to play with this last night but unfortunately I had no better luck than you. The closest I got was that if you apply the MM Data Container style to a two-column table and follow that immediately with a line of text formatted with the MM Notes style, the table appears in the notes as well.

This is interesting but not particularly useful - if you wanted to import such a table into the topic notes you would have applied the MM Notes style directly. I suspect that given there is no way to parse topic properties and their values within the MM Data Container style that MM simply has no way of knowing what to do with this data on import.

One thing I have noticed however in playing with this which is both interesting and practical is that in MM 2018 the date import via MM Start Date and MM End Date styles seems to accept dates in standard formats, which was something I had problems with in earlier versions. I'll test this out more fully when I get a chance and if this proves to be the case I'll update my earlier posts.

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Alex,

Thanks for your time on this.  I'm glad you learnt something new through the exercise.

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Hi Keith,

I blame you for all my work-avoiding this morning!

In playing with this some more I have discovered that while it appears impossible to import topic properties as part of importing a topic it is quite easy to copy them from Word and paste them into an existing topic - and they don't need to be formatted with the MM Data Container style for this to work.

It appears that all you need to do is to set up either a two column table in Word with the name of the property in the first cell and the property value in the second. In fact, you don't even need a table - you can just separate the property name and value with a tab.

In addition, using either method you can also set up multiple property rows, provided they conform to either the table or tab format. All you then need to do is highlight the block of property rows you have created, switch to MindManager, click on a topic, right click, select Paste and then select Paste Topic Properties.

As far as I can tell the ability to copy and paste properties from outside MM is undocumented, though obviously you can copy and paste properties from one topic to another within MM. The only limitation I can see is that you can't paste to more than one topic at a time, though once you have imported properties to a single topic this way you can in theory use the MAP add-in to paste the properties to multiple topics (for some reason this isn't working properly for me at the moment).

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Hi Alex,

This is promising, however I have several hundred topics to populate :-(.  The client wants to work in Word and I find it to unwieldy to work without the map.  I would need to switch back and forth.

I'll experiment and see whether I can make use of this undocumented feature.

Thanks for the insight  ... you had better get back to your work!