modify word template - styles

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Hi, I would like to change a bit the way MManager export a map in a word document. 3 examples :

1) When I add a link on an item of my map, I get in result in Word something like "check this document :". I would like to change "Check this document" by "check this web site"

2) On the same example, because it is an external reading, I would like to change the background of this line, for example put some "grey" to highlight this.

3) If I put a marker on that Item, I would like also in the export  to put some grey to highlight this information.

... so a few examples to illustrate what I would like to change, and Wonder how to do this in mindmamanger either in the configuration of the software, or in the "Template (.doc)" in word.

Thanks a lot !!

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You can do all of these things using a combination of the MindManager export dialogue and Word styles:

First, to change the default prefix for exported links, topic relationships and attached files, simply click on the Advanced tab during export when the Microsoft Word Export Settings appears and edit the text in the relevant fields there.

Changing the appearance of exported links and markers can be done by modifying styles in Word. An often-overlooked aspect of MM's Word export is that MM does not use the Word default styles; instead it creates its own which are based on the Word template styles but prefixed by "MM", plus it creates a few of its own (the exception is Topic Notes for which MM uses the default Normal style, though there is a "MM Notes" style which can be selected in the Word template tab during export).

MM's use of its own styles has its disadvantages, the most obvious of which is that it is very confusing to have two sets of paragraph styles which look the same but aren't, especially when it comes to heading numbering etc. It does however have one positive - you can use the style editor in Word to apply things like custom shading specific elements of the Word export.

To do this, for example to highlight text markers, click on the styles tab drop-down in Word and find the "MM text marker" style. Click on the drop-down menu arrow, and select Modify. Then click on Border, choose the Shading tab and select the colour you want. You can repeat the process for the "MM Hyperlink" style and save the modified styles to a template.