I am using FreeMind from http://freemind.sourceforge.net/

I am trying to give my nodes some breathing room. In HTML, it would be equivalent to the node's padding, or margin, or line-height. Any way to apply such formatting in FreeMind?

See this image to find maybe 2-3px of space between sibling node bubbles. I want to increase this amount of spacing, or as an alternative, the padding inside the node border.

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From http://freemind.sourceforge.net/docs/features/0_8_0/Features%200.8.0.html

Approaching the inner side (i.e. the side that is closer to the root node) of a node you'll notice that the mouse cursor changes and that a small ellipsis appears. In this area you can simply drag and move the node pressing the (left) mouse button. Moreover, if you press the control key simultaneously, all nodes on the same level get a bigger or smaller spacing. In other words, the siblings of the moved nodes get more or less space in between.

  • Thanks for this!! I still cannot find a way to expand the size of the node, but this is immensely helpful in solving my original problem of margin between the nodes. +1 & accepted! Apr 22, 2014 at 0:30

Another way to do this for all nodes without having to do it manually each time is:

Go to format -> manage styles -> edit styles and set the "child gap" value (usually for the default style).


ALT+mouse scroll expands or reduces the size of the node

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    This doesn't answer the question - he's trying to change the node "padding", not the size of the node itself.
    – Karu
    Feb 7, 2019 at 20:57

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