Deck options in a Mental Map

I’ve seen there’s some confusion between new users about some key concepts, like learning / relearning / review cards, learning / relearning steps, intervals, , ease, fuzz, deck options, how the program calculates the intervals, etc, etc…

Of course, the best place to learn how Anki works is the excelent manual and the FAQ, but sometimes, related info is somewhat dispersed in different sections, and getting “the big picture” can take some time (and many readings of the manual). I’ve tried to put the most relevant info about how Anki works (specially about how Deck Options, the algorithm and card types are related and work together) in mental map format, to try to make the process easier for new users. Hope it helps!


This is awesome! Should be helpful not only for new users and an excellent entry point for scheduling questions.


I like it!
Would you mind if I make a translated version based on it?
I would like to post it in Telegram group for Arabic Anki users (with attribution).


Thanks! Of course I don’t mind. If you prefer to translate / modify / correct the existing .mm file instead of creating the whole thing from the scracht, just let me know and I’ll send you the file.

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Yes, I prefer to edit the .mm file.

@dae Would be a pity if this image got buried in the forum. Maybe we could include this in the manual, or link to it?


Sounds good, could someone send through a PR on GitHub - ankitects/anki-manual: Anki's manual ?

I’ll send a PR with a few other 2.1.50 additions when the new version is ready, thanks!


Hi cqg,

I would like the mm file. I started making my own when i found yours. Did you add it to manual somewhere? Otherwise could you send it to me?

Yes, the link to this post was added to the manual.

Here’s the file, please feel free to improve it and post here the result. Thanks!