a) Open Inspiration .
b) Close the tips box.
2. You can either use the factory settings provided, change
symbol appearances as you go, or create a new template for
your brainstorming. For this exercise, you will be creating
your own template.
Go to utility in the menu bar.
In the symbol defaults box that
appears, choose the fill colour (click on
the colour bar), line colour, fill
pattern, line thickness and basic
symbol shape, such as .
Click on ,
and choose your font, size,
style, then click.
You can always just choose .]
Click on .
Select your line defaults, such
as thickness, colour, text
justification, arrow direction and
font. [Note: the changes are demonstrated
in the window to assist in your choices.] Click on.
Select your note defaults, such
as colour and font. Click
Select your outline defaults. Click
Select your printing defaults,
such as diagram and outline layouts. Click
You will be prompted to save your template. Give your template
a name, and save it in the appropriate folder. [Note: Once
the template is saved, a new untitled document opens. The
main idea is still in the original default, but any new ideas
added will be in the form of the template settings. You have
to manually change the main idea's shape/font/ style.]
To change a shape/style manually,
Click on the background of the shape so you can see the handles,
or little boxes/diamonds. Choose a basic shape in the
symbols palette. [Note: If the symbols palette is
not open, go to and
Now click on the main idea to highlight it.
Go to 'Text' in your menu bar,
change the text font, style,
justification and colour, as desired.
Now go to 'Effect' in your menu bar
choose your desired line thickness and
colour, fill pattern and
colour, and the background colour
for your page.