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How do I zip and email a concept map folder?

So you have created a folder for your concept map (using CmapTools) and attached some resources to it (Figure 1). (Click HERE to download the PDF )

Figure 1

CmapTools creates the My Cmaps folder
Now you need to send it to someone via email. Let’s see how easy it is.

If you are emailing a cmap with a bunch of resources (e.g. Word docs, PDFs, etc.) you will first need to zip the folder which contains all the files.  To zip a folder you will need to install a free program called 7-Zip.  You should download this from and install it on your PC.

Now navigate to the My Cmaps folder.   You can do this one of two ways:

On your computer’s desktop there is usually an icon called My Documents (pointed to by the red arrow in Figure 2).  If you double click on it, Windows Explorer opens and you will be taken to the My Documents folder.  There you will see the My Cmaps folder where CmapTools stores all your cmaps and resources (Figure 2).  

If your PC does not have the My Documents icon on the desktop:


  • Click on Start, All Programs, Accessories and select Windows Explorer (see Figure 3). This will get you to the My Documents folder where you will see the My Cmaps icon as in Figure 2.

Figure 2

My Documents folder
Figure 3

Windows Explorer
Double click on the My Cmaps icon to see all the folders you have created for your concept maps (Figure 4).

Figure 4

My Cmaps folder
Let’s say you want to send the Pneumonia folder by email.  Make sure that Outlook is running. Now right click on the Pneumonia folder and select 7-Zip, Compress to and email. Figure 5).

Your Penumonia folder (with the cmap and all its resources) will be placed into one zip file and attached to an email. Just enter the recipient’s email address and type your comments before clicking on Send in Outlook.

Figure 5

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