Sometimes the only thing rows and columns are good for is a giant headache. Sure, they’re great at storing large amounts of data, but they’re not very good at telling the data’s story. Sometimes the information locked in a spreadsheet needs to be presented a different way in order for it to gain meaning.
For example, if you can take all those lines of information and create a mind map in Excel, suddenly you’ve got a story on your hands. When you transfer data from rows and columns to a visual, it starts to make a lot more sense for everyone involved (including you).
“But wait,” you might say. “Excel is my thing.” I don’t want to deal with circles and squares and lines and colors. If you’re saying that, you obviously haven’t tried mind mapping in Excel with Lucidchart.
You can create a mind map in Excel using Lucidchart in a matter of minutes. It’s easy and intuitive so that you can get back to your spreadsheets faster.
If you don’t have a Lucidchart account yet, it’s high time you remedy that situation. Sign up for free right now, and then come right back so we can finish discussing how to build an Excel mind map.
How to create a mind map in Excel
Now that you have your account, learn how to start mind mapping in Excel using our tool.
1. Build your Excel mind map in Lucidchart.
Start with a blank Lucidchart document or customize this mind map template.
Add the mind map shape library by clicking “Shapes,” selecting “Mind Mapping,” and clicking “Save.” (Remember the mind map shape library is only available for Pro accounts. If you are interested in upgrading your subscription, see our pricing page.)
Draw a shape in the center of your document to house the main idea or purpose of your mind map. Then add branches for every subtopic—use as many lines and arrows as you need to make sure all your ideas are represented. The most important information should be close to the center, with the more specific details further away. Lucidchart keeps your mind map organized by using a different color for each level of the diagram.
2. Install the Microsoft Excel add-on.
See how easy that was? Now you just need to get your mind map in Excel. Luckily, Lucidchart integrates with all your favorite Microsoft applications, so all you have to do is install the Excel add-on.
From your Excel document, click Insert > Apps. Find Lucidchart in the App Store and click “Add.” To make it even easier, just click the button below to download the add-on directly. Once installed, the add-on will appear as a sidebar in Excel.
3. Import your mind map.
You’re one click away from completing your Excel mind map. From the sidebar in Excel, find your mind map and click “Insert.”
Watch this video for a quick look at the whole process.
Told you it was easy. Present your information in a whole new way when you create a mind map in Excel with Lucidchart.