is there a way to name multiple links attached to a topic?

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I some times add multiple hyper-lynks to the same topic. It is hard to tell the difference which Url I am looking for. Can I add an comprehensive name to each link so when hover it each link I know what I am looking for?
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I would add each link as a subtopic with the topic text describing it.


If you drag and drop the links from a web browser or use the Send to MindManager button in Internet Explorer this happens automatically.

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Well thank you but I was thinking something a bit more elegant. I have seen this option in other apps. If you have the capability to add multiple links to one topic would be nice to be able to add short distinctive names to each link so when hover the topic you see the names instead of urls. This also avoid crowding your maps.
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You will have to press Mindjet for that feature. For now:

With appropriate formatting of the linked subtopics you can reduce the space they take up. They can be hidden until you reveal that level of topics.



As Angus says links can be added to text in Topic Notes but you can't drag and drop.
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Strange why Mindjet don't listen to their customers. I have  suggested other similar features and somehow very common in other mindmapping applications but nothing happen in this side.
Free layout topic accomodation, multiple topics to one, naming links, edit topic/branch lines thickness/format, improved icons library, horizontal grow layout preference,  etc are just to name a few suggested topics but nothing. Mindjet is a good tool but not unique and any time they release a new version I feel they charge to much for very measly improvements. I hope they change their mind-jet for the new 2016 version. Thank you Andrew for sharing your ideas.
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As a matter of fact I think that Mindjet DOES LISTEN. Maybe not to all requests, but that may be because they may only be of interest for a small group of users.
The request you have mentioned here is one of those, and I think that Andrew gives a nice way of achieving the flexibility.
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It is difficult to estimate how much they listen however I have propose and read other suggestions from this communitiy and I can tell very few ideas have been incorporated to the next mindjet version. About the statement that those suggestions only matter to a few people I really doubt it but is difficult to prove too. Anyway I will keep my finger cross they make some significant and relevant improvements next time. We'll see...
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Me too emonterog. Mr Mindjet Is there any technical reason why links can't allow users to define the "Text To Display" as well as the actual URL, just like you have in MS Word for example?



This would give users more options when creating maps. A practical example Andrew would be with my Geographic Atlas maps. The next stage is creating maps of the hierarchical administrative geographies below country level. As you can see from the screenshot below using South Africa as the example, typically there are are 3 or 4 sublevels.



I would like to be able to create a research atlas with multiple hyperlinks to information resources about each geographic entity as well as a template atlas, as I have done with the basic country level data - see the basic country level Template Atlas with a single branch hyperlink for each country versus the Research Atlas with 16 hyper-links about each country. I deliberately didn't do multiple hyperlinks for the very reason outlined in the original post, but could get away with that because there wern't any other "things" at the sub-level. If I want to create a template of nested geographic entities however, I can't use the sub-branches for both the entities themselves and information about the entities.

As a get-round I could use the topic notes to record my multiple hyperlinks for each branch, but then that takes away the option of using the notes to perhaps copy and paste selected content from the information resources I am linking too in the first place.

That said the major problem with using multiple hyperlinks on the same branch is how they are treated in other programs your map may be viewed in. They do make it into the PDF export file, but not the mobile version as far as I can see. Also other mindmapping software doesn't support it eg. MindGenius just shows the first link in the list when I imported a MindManager test map.

Thus there's no single answer as it's "horses for courses", but if it's not too much effort to add the "Text To Be Displayed" option for each multiple hyperlink then I for one would use it Mr Mindjet!!
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I agree it would be useful to be able to change the displayed text for hyperlinks but personally I don't see a huge problem in using sub-topics both for individual hyperlinks and to provide information about the main topic to which the sub-topics are attached.

You could always format the comments sub-topics so that they could be clearly distinguished from the sub-topics with hyperlinks, and/or you could give them both distinct icons. If however you wanted them to be clearly distinguishable you could turn the information sub-topics into callouts which are formatted differently to the topics with hyperlinks.
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