Arrange the brainstorm diagram

You can arrange a brainstorm diagram by adding or moving shapes or changing the layout of the diagram.

Add affinities, siblings, and children

Depending on the diagram, a shape can represent an affinity, a cause, an idea, or an input. When you add a shape, you must determine how it relates to other shapes on the diagram.

  1. Select a shape on the diagram.
  2. Right-click and then add one of the following options.
    • Affinity: Adds a shape to the main branch of the diagram. To quickly add a shape to the main branch, double-click anywhere on the diagram.
    • Sibling: Adds a shape to the same level as the selected shape.
    • Child: Adds a shape to the level below the selected shape. The selected shape becomes the parent of the new shape.
  3. To prioritize an affinity, a cause, an idea, or an input, select it, then choose Brainstorm > Priority.

  • To quickly add affinities to a diagram, select a shape, then press the Insert key. To add siblings, press the Enter key.
  • To add a symbol, such as the sigma or a registered trademark to a diagram, copy the symbol from the Windows Character Map, then paste it in the diagram.

Move affinities, siblings, and children

When you move affinities, siblings, and children to different shapes, the target shape becomes the parent.

  • To move an affinity, sibling, or a child, select it, then drag it to a different shape. When you move a shape that has sublevels, the sublevels move with it.
  • To move a shape to the other side of the diagram, choose Brainstorm > Switch Sides.

Change the layout of the diagram

You can change the layout of a brainstorm diagram by changing its type. For example, you can change a fishbone diagram to a mind map, or you can change a mind map to a CT tree. When you change the layout of any brainstorm diagram, Engage retains the relationships between the levels.

  1. Choose Brainstorm > Type.
  2. From Type, choose a layout. Right Tree or Left Tree converts any layout to a right-facing or left-facing idea map.

Display levels vertically on a CT tree

On a CT tree only, you can choose the level at which shapes begin to display vertically.

  1. On a CT tree, choose Brainstorm > Outline Levels.
  2. From Outline Levels, choose a level. In this CT tree example, the shapes start to display vertically at the fourth level.

Move shapes on a mind map

Use Clockwise and Counter- clockwise buttons to improve the layout of a mind map.

Select the shape to move, then choose the best rotation.
  • Choose Brainstorm > Clockwise to move the selected shape clockwise around the parent shape.
  • Choose Brainstorm > Counter- clockwise to move the selected shape counterclockwise around the parent shape.
You can also select the Clockwise or Counter- clockwise icons that appear on the shape.