Move map to left to squeeze out white space

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Using MindManager 14 on Windows 7.  Central topic is laid out as a Tree, so the central topic appears in the upper left of the map.  But there is a large block of white space to the left of the map which becomes a problem when printing - I want the map to fill as much of the paper as possible, but that large block of white space on the left is sucking up roughly 20% of the available space on the paper.  How do I get rid of that and print so the central topic is close to the left margin of the paper?  Dragging the central topic to the left simply scrolls the display - does not actually move it on the drawing canvas.

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I think you will have to export an image and crop with image editing software prior to printing. I use Paint.net.
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Yes you can do as Andrew suggests or simply use the Windows snipping tool or something similar to capture exactly the shape and size you want to appear in the final print, though the resolution isn't terrific. The one advantage of the snipping tool however is that you have more flexibility to arrange the way the map appears than with a straight image export of the map.

Another alternative is to create and print a presentation slide of the central topic with the branches showing. In MM15/16 you can click on the slide and then move the slide frame to give you the image you want before printing. I think that works in MM14 though it's been little a while since I used it.

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Yes, using Slides would be a good option as Alex pointed out. See screenshot below of using Slides (left) and not using Slides (right).

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Problem with slides is that I haven't been able to create a single slide that covers the entire map.  And by the way, I'm "printing" the map to a large-format plotter - not to letter-size paper (it's a big map) so the screen-shot approach won't work (shrinking the map to appear on a single display screen renders it too small to be useful).
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I take your point about pixelation - as I said earlier the resolution of a screen-shot or a snip isn't great. There is however an alternative way to obtain a high-resolution image - get an image printing program like ImagePrinter Pro: https://code-industry.net/imageprinte.... This costs around $40-50 and produces images with significantly greater resolution than a screen-shot in a variety of image file formats (as well as PDF). The resulting images can be cropped and enlarged in the way I described.
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I think an image printer will not make a difference with respect to the low res icons and images supplied by Mindjet.
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Mind you I just printed a map to a PDF Printer with no graphic compression to an A0 sheet and the icons look good at 100% on screen. At 200% you can start to see pixellation.
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Well, the OP didn't mention an issue with icon or image pixelation in printing the original map at this size. If this level of repoduction is acceptable I don't see that "printing" the map to an image with the same level of resolution and then printing that image to paper again at a similar resolution is going to make much difference. This is particularly the case if the OP simply has to crop the left side of the image and move the result to the left, which should mean that little or no enlargement is involved.
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Also in relation to using a slide you can also resize the slide frame relative to the map as well as move it. I wasn't sure if you could do this in MM 14 but I hunted down the manual which says on page 69:
'In "unpinned" mode, you can drag the boundary to change its position, or drag its corners to resize it:
'- You can drag the slide boundary to change its location relative to the map content.
'- Drag the corners of the slide boundary to change its size relative to the map content. the aspect ratio of the slide always remains constant.'
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