Physical style

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FreeMind supports physical styles--groups for formatting such as font color and font size that can be applied to nodes using one keystroke.

The formatting of physical style is applied directly to the node; after a physical style is applied, the node only remembers the physical formatting that it has, but not which physical style has been applied to it

Physical styles are customizable in the file "patterns.xml".

In FreeMind 0.9.0, the user can edit physical styles using what is called "pattern manager".


  • Format > Physical Style > <name of the physical style>
  • Format > Physical Style > Manage Patterns...


In code, physical styles are called patterns.

Methods and classes:

  • MindMapController.loadPatterns
  • MindMapController.createPatterns
  • StylePattern.*
  • ApplyPatternAction


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