Guidance on accessing, installing and using Inspiration.


What does Inspiration do?

Inspiration allows you to create a picture of your ideas in the form of a diagram or mind map. You can then convert this into an organised outline in a Microsoft Word document.

Inspiration can be of particular benefit to people who prefer to think visually, for example, people with dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia.

Inspiration offers three views in which to work:

  • Diagram View: To create a diagram which shows the relationship between ideas or concepts.
  • Map View: To create a mind map, building branches of associated topics around a central idea.
  • Outline View: To create an outline of your ideas or to organise and write a report.

Accessing Insipration

Inspiration is available on all student PCs in the Information Commons, The Diamond and libraries.

  • Click on the Start button on the PC desktop and search in All Programs for Inspiration. If it is listed, click on Inspiration, then on the subfolder Inspiration 9. If it is not listed, follow the instructions below.
  • Click on the Start button and select Software Center. Alternatively, click on the Software Center icon on the desktop.
  • A list of available software will appear. This may take several minutes, and you may see the message 'No items found'.
  • When the list appears, click on Inspiration 9. If it isn’t listed, press the F5 key to refresh.
  • Click on Install at the bottom right of the screen. The status column shows you the progress of the download.
  • When the installation is complete, minimise or close Software Center and click on Start > All Programs > Inspiration > Inspiration 9.
  • You can now access the three different views, as well as instructions and video tutorials in the 'Learn to use' section.

Get help

See these video tutorials and user guide for help with Inspiration.

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