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I'd like to suggest a feature that would be a deposit towards making very large maps more usable. I currently use Labels, but need something that could be used as a very quick-to-apply and quick-to-remove version of a label that serves to work like a bookmark in a regular book.

As I develop this freaking huge map, I often come up with tweaks to the index or other to-do items that I would like to take care of while I am working on a topic entry. I'd like to be able to quickly tag my current location in the map (the topic I am working on) so I can do my clean up (or whatever) and then easily get back to what I was doing.

With my current understanding of large map features, there doesn't seem to be a *quick and easy* way to accomplish this - unless I am missing it altogether.
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One option which might be slightly quicker would be to use the comment facility. Go to the Review tab and simply click on New Comment - you will be prompted to add text, but you can leave the comment blank.

Admittedly applying comments is not that much faster than adding labels (three clicks as opposed to four for a label,  including selecting the correct tab) but the main advantage is in finding them again. While you can just as with labels use the power filter or power select options, you can also use the Next and Previous commands in the Comments section of the Review tab to find them quickly one-by-one (Next is clockwise around the map, Previous anticlockwise). When you are finished the Remove command gives you the option to remove a specific comment or all of them easily.

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That actually works pretty well as workarounds go - thanks Alex!
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Thanks - I think I'll start using this one myself!

I had never really used the comment facility until you asked the question, but I can see how useful it would be to identify parts of a large map that are still a work in progress (and if you want, record some notes on what has to be done) and then easily find those places later.
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Yeah, its funny because I have been using it a LOT in the last few hours and I do find it pretty easy to work with. I like having the little note window on the side and using it to "tag" the most recent entries on the two main branches, so i can jump between them easily and it has less clicks.

Kudos :)

That said, MM folks, I'd love to see a "quick tag" feature in the context menu of a topic that allows for quick setting of the "current" item of interest, but Alex's idea is a good workaround in the main time.
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I did notice an unexpected behavior just now - if the topic is not visible when you click the "Next" or "Previous" button on the note review editor, the topic will not become visible. You have to go hunt and peck for it... not optimal.
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Don't forget you can also apply a power filter to show commented topics only. Of course, this is problematic if you have a filter already in place, especially given the size of the map, but it's one way around the issue.
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Thanks for the feedback Alex, I'll take a look at that option and see how it works. I am always in search of fewer mouse clicks!
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Earlier versions of MindManager did have a bookmarking feature. Another workaround is to assign an icon in its own group as a bookmark icon, which makes it easy to find in the Index pane.
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Also a good idea!
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Hi Nick - my first thought was an icon or a text tag for the reason you mentioned and that would certainly work, but I thought it might be a problem in Mike's map given the large number of icons he already has.

One advantage of the comment feature is that while the comment icon doesn't appear in the Index pane (though it would be a good idea if it did), it's still available to the Power Filter, plus it has its own navigation system. The fact that that comments also sit outside the icon system, as it were, could also be seen as a plus - and of course you can actually add text as well as using the comments just as place markers.
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