Link an existing map

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OK, I am embarrassed to even ask this because it seems so basic, but I cannot get this to work.

I have a master map, and a completely separate map. All I want to is put a link to the "child" map in the main map. I have tried selecting the central topic in the main map, and click "Insert Map" but that brings all the content into the main map. I just want a shortcut.

I have been able to accomplish this easy enough when the content was already in the main map and I used the Send To command to create a new linked map from the existing content.

How can I do what I need?
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Try either of these....

Go to the child map, right click on the destination topic and select copy link. 
Go to your master map. Paste link onto topic. 


Or, you can drag and drop the child map's file onto the master map onto a topic and select link. 
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There are probably half a dozen ways to do this. Personally, I select the topic to host the hyperlink and press Ctrl+K. Choose "Existing file or web page" and browse to the destination file. This shortcut works across most Microsoft Office apps.
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Thanks guys! I don't kno why I couldn't find this on my own (hand smacks forehead!)
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OK, something is not right here, and I need some more help.

What I am finding is that none of these methods seem to allow for the "Combine All" of the "Linked Maps" toolbar selection to work.

I separated out three sub-maps from the main map because of out of memory issues. At the end of the process I need to be able to merge all the content back into a single map. At this point, the only map link that is actually doing the "re-merge" is one where I had created the sub-map by right clicking on the original content, and selected "Send to new linked map".

If you look at the sample image below, you will see that the "Journals" topic works, because it was created with the method described above. The "Dreams" topic looks the same, but does not bring in the linked map content when "Combine All" is used.

How can I get all three of my intended linked sub-maps to bring their content into the main map when "Combine All" is issued? FWIW, I do see the main map, and three other submaps displayed when I click on the "Linked Maps" button on the View ribbon menu.

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The hyperlinks produced by these methods do vary. In fact there are several different formats for hyperlinks inside MM, which is sometimes a challenge. Hyperlinks shown as a page with a blue topic bar (as you have above) are hyperlinks to specific topics, which can be generated by right-clicking on a destination topic and selecting "copy as link", then pasting into the host as described by Michael above. Hyperlinks to a document instead of a topic in a document are normally shown as a page with a MindManager icon. I expect that these latter ones will work with re-import, and are created with the Ctrl+K method - assuming that you navigate to a map document but do not navigate to and select a specific topic inside that map. I am assuming that all documents are on local or mapped disk drives. You can see the link by hovering over the hyperlink icon. If it starts with "mj-map://" then maybe it will not re-combine. If it is just a path & filename then it should.
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Hi Nick,

Thanks for the feedback - the Ctrl-K method did the trick!
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Spoke too soon :( Although my links were created using the same Ctrl-K method, only one of the linked maps actually consolidates it;s content into the top level map. Any thoughts on why?
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I did a second test and created a brand new map, linking each of the three sub-maps into it, and got the same result. The two huge sub-maps are shown as "processing" when I click the "Combine All" button, but they do not combine their content.

This is what I see on the combined map. The only one that worked was "Journals"...

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If the failure to combine follows specific maps, then it is unlikely to have been due to the hyperlinks after all. Is the "Journals" map smaller than the others? Do either of the others work if they are the only import?