TheBrain Tutorials

The tutorials below apply to TheBrain Version 9 for Windows and macOS. For other platforms, see:

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Basics

Getting Started (6:40)

Take a quick how-to tour of the most important features of TheBrain. A must-watch for beginners and a nice introduction to TheBrain 9 for veterans.

Notes and Attachments (2:15)

A brief overview of the notes editor followed by examples of how to work with web and file attachments.

Searching and Navigating (2:13)

Covers a variety of ways to get around in your Brain quickly using search, pins, and other navigation shortcuts.

Syncing (3:25)

Sync keeps your Brain up to date on all your devices. All the details are covered here.

Intermediate Concepts

Brain Themes (1:11)

Customize the look of your Brain with wallpaper, custom colors, and more.

Drag and Drop (3:15)

Drag and drop is the fastest way to integrate information from the web and your local file system into your Brain. Review the basics and learn more advanced options.

Forgetting and Deleting (2:01)

See how forgotten thoughts help keep your Brain relevant while keeping old information available at a moment's notice.

Layouts (3:09)

Explore the different view options including the outline and mind map layouts.

Notes: Checkboxes (1:00)

Use checkboxes to keep track of progress directly within notes.

Notes: Images and Videos (0:43)

It's easy to embed images and videos in notes.

Thought Tags (4:19)

Tags add another layer of flexibility to your Brain and their icons serve as quick visual reminders.

Undo and Redo (3:04)

Undo makes it easy to change your mind for nearly anything you do in your Brain.

Advanced Concepts

File Templates (1:02)

Use templates to create files inside your Brain instantly when you need them.

Tabs and Windows (2:29)

Open multiple brains and adjust the layout of TheBrain windows to suit your working style.

Thought Types (3:16)

Thought types provide another level of classification to help you keep your information consistent in your Brain.

Timeline and Events (2:23)

The timeline lets you add dates, times and even reminders to Thoughts in your Brain. You can even sync with your Google Calendar.

Keyboard Shortcuts (2:28)

Keyboard shortcuts make common actions faster and more convenient. TheBrain lets you add customizable shortcuts for virtually every command.

Keyboard Shortcuts for Types and Tags (2:46)

Using the keyboard to create and assign types and tags is fast and efficient.

Private Thoughts (2:13)

If you are syncing your Brain to TheBrain Cloud and making your Brain public so others can access it, it's often necessary to mark some Thoughts as Private.

History and Reports (3:58)

It's often important to review data and edits in a digital Brain. TheBrain makes it easy to perform these types of content reviews with History and Reports.

Importing and Exporting (3:43)

A quick way to populate a Brain with existing data is to use one of the many different import options. TheBrain also offers simple outline export options as well as export to JSON.

Selecting Multiple Thoughts (2:48)

As your digital Brain continues to grow, it's often necessary to copy or edit multiple Thoughts at one time with TheBrain's selection box.

Special Occasions

New Year Resolutions in TheBrain (6:39)

Use TheBrain to help you make your goals for the year a reality.

Thanksgiving Productivity (4:36)

Have a productive Thanksgiving using TheBrain.

Getting Things Done with a Holiday Brain (3:42)

Learn how to organize all your holiday tasks and events in TheBrain.