Accessibility statement


Click on the tabs below for information about MindGenius.

About MindGenius

About the software

MindGenius enables you to capture and visualise ideas and information using a range of 'mind map' layouts. You can:

  • navigate and arrange content using a hierarchical outline
  • assign properties such as categories, resources or actions to 'branches' enabling the map to be filtered and regrouped
  • use colour and images to emphasise, group and differentiate elements of the map
  • link to files, web pages or other maps and associate formatted notes with 'branches' of the map
  • export maps and notes to ready-formatted documents such as structured Word documents or PowerPoint presentations
  • create question sets to provide a framework for meetings and facilitate planning and brainstorming
  • convert maps into slides and prepare interactive presentations
  • manage projects using the Gantt view/Project Mode

Note: MindGenius Project Mode provides a range of project management tools including the ability to schedule and resource tasks, link tasks and monitor critical paths, manage status and report overall progress.

MindGenius is installed on all IT Services classroom PCs and is available for all other University and personally owned staff and student PCs.

A Map Viewer and MindGenius for iPad are available as free downloads.

For more information, please see the Obtaining the software tab.

Obtaining the software

Classroom and managed office PCs


  • is installed on all IT Services classroom PCs
  • can be installed on managed office PCs via Software Center
  • appears under Start | All Programs

Unmanaged PCs and home use


  • is available for all staff and students
  • can be installed on unmanaged University owned PCs and personally owned devices
  • is available for Windows only

Installation files

MindGenius can be downloaded and installed from the following location:

Older versions can be downloaded from the following location:

Licence code

A licence code is required to activate MindGenius:

Additional free downloads

MindGenius Viewer is available from the MindGenius website. This allows maps to be viewed by those who do not have access to the full MindGenius program.

MindGenius is also available on iPad. Find out about MindGenius mobile app intergration

Documentation, training and support


  • The MindGenius Help menu includes First Steps for New Users and a range of How To/User guides for all functionality. In the application, choose Tools | Help | Help Contents
  • The MindGenius website provides a range of support information including suggested use for tasks such as brainstorming and information gathering, planning presentations and essays or managing projects


The following learning materials are provided by MindGenius:


MindGenius Online

MindGenius Online

The University’s MindGenius agreement includes access to MindGenius Online for all staff and students.

MindGenius Online is a collaborative project management tool. More information can be found on the MindGenius Online website, including videos on how to get started.

Please follow these instructions to sign up in 3 simple steps:

Step 1: Create MindGenius Online account

Firstly you need to sign up using your university email address. This will initially be set up as a free trial, but once you sync your account to the University of York, you will have a full license with all product benefits.

Once you’ve signed up, you’ll receive a verification email. All you need to do is verify your email through a link that MindGenius will send to you (if you don’t receive a verification email, please check your spam folder!).

Step 2: Request to sync your account with your college or university.

Once you have verified your MindGenius Online account, simply log in. As the university has an account with MindGenius, your educational email will be recognised and you’ll be asked if you want to join the university’s MindGenius account. All you have to do is request to join.

Step 3: Admin approval and confirmation

Once you have requested to join your college or university, it is then down to your college or university to approve your join request. They will be notified via email or through the MindGenius Online page under “Organisational Admin” portal. Once you have been approved you will have the full version of the product and your very own license.

Please Note: If a department would like large numbers of staff or students to access MindGenius Online, instead of self enrolling as above, they can be added in bulk. Please contact IT Support for more details.