Is there a to make new Floating Topics default to being left-justified?

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Hello

When I create a Floating Topic (e.g. by double-clicking on the background of a map), is there any way to get MindManager to by default treat that spot as the LEFT-most point of the Floating Topic, rather than the centre of the topic?

Background:
On my map, the exact location of the left edge of each of my topics is important to me. And so I find it annoying that if I bother to click exactly where I want a new floating topic to be located, then when I type a longer topic title (and so create a wider topic than usual) then, because the topic is CENTERED on where I clicked, the left hand edge of an new shape can potentially be a very long way to the left of where I originally clicked!

Thanks

J

PS This question is a close cousin of this thread: 
https://community.mindjet.com/mindjet/topics/how-do-i-get-new-topics-that-are-entered-using-the-ente...


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Posted 4 months ago

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Ary Velstra, Expert Trainer

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You can change the Map Theme for floating topics to your needs (within the limits of what settings are available )
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You can change the Map Theme for floating topics to your needs (within the limits of what settings are available )
Yes. However that's exactly my problem - I couldn't find any way to achieve this within Editing my Themes.

i.e. If I go Design [tab] ==> Edit Theme ==> Floating Topics ==> Alignment ==> Left

...this only aligns the text WITHIN the shape. However the location of the whole shape, when you are creating a new shape, always seems to be CENTERED on the place where you have put your mouse. [And this is true both whether Topic Size is set to Automatic or Fixed.]

What I am trying to achieve is to create the new shape's left-most edge at the point of the mouse, rather than have the whole shape jump to the left as soon as one hits Enter!

 


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Read the help. I learned it that way
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> Read the help. I learned it that way
OK I get that you think I am being lazy (and/or stupid?). However, believe it or not, I do always read the help before asking a question here. Furthermore I also search the forum to see if my question appears to have been answered.  Moreover I have looked long and hard again but I can see no answer to my question.

So go on, Ary, is there any particular section of the help?




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That's very strange. I've just tested this and on my maps the point of insertion is always the left edge of a floating topic - and even when the label is long only the right edge expands. It may be that there is a setting which controls this but I can't find it.
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Ah-ha! Here's a clue...

On my installation it seems to depend on which template you are using to create a map.

If you create a new map using most of the options (e.g. a new Timeline, Venn Diagram, Radial Map, Matrix Diagram) then the new topics line up nicely underneath each other in a left-justified manner (which is what I want).

ONLY if I create my map using Flowchart, Concept Map or Free Form does MindManager (2019) do the irritating thing of centering the new topics.

 
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PS So do different templates come with settings burnt into them that you can't change in Settings?