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How to Create Great Interactive Maps & Quickly Insert Them Into PowerPoint Presentations

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Want to know how to create a map in PowerPoint? Let's explore some ways how to create an interactive map in PowerPoint. It's a lot easier than you might think, especially with the right tools and resources. 

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PowerPoint US Map and World Map PowerPoint on Envato Elements

Variety in presentations is a must. Let's face it. We've all sat through too many cookie cutter presentations. These lose the audience's attention thanks to overcrowded slides.

Added visuals in a presentation capture and keep the eye of your audience. Using PowerPoint maps to add a sense of location to your presentation is one way to do this. But you probably don't have time to draw maps from scratch in PowerPoint. And grabbing images of a map online might be inflexible or unlicensed for use.

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to make an interactive map in PowerPoint. We'll use a pre-built PowerPoint map template. It's easy to insert a map in PowerPoint. We'll also look at some ways you could create an animated map in PowerPoint too. You can use this content to create a custom PowerPoint map chart of your own. 

How to Use PowerPoint Maps

PowerPoint is an extremely flexible app. Pair it with pre-built PowerPoint US map and world map PowerPoint templates. That's even more powerful. For example, want to know how to create a us map in PowerPoint? The right template makes this a snap.

Here are some examples of how you could use PowerPoint maps for presentations:

  • Company locations. Plot your company's presence. It could be across the country or even across the globe. Try something like well-designed PowerPoint US map. Or try a world map PowerPoint.
  • New markets to expand into. Highlight the territories that you're prospecting. An illustrated map slide could be effective.
  • Maps showing history. For example, link together a few locations on a map. This can show the various places you've lived over time in a personalized slide deck.
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Infographics, for example, are a great way to illustrate ideas with graphics. You could use the free roadmap PowerPoint templates from Envato Elements. Use them to communicate your progress on a project. Or check out the tutorial below. There's 15 different choices for infographic templates. 

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In our main tutorial, we'll look at how to make an interactive map in PowerPoint. I want to make sure you know about another great resource we've got. Check out our free eBook, The Complete Guide to Making Great Presentations. It'll teach you how to make an interactive PowerPoint presentation. Why not download your copy today?

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Find Your Own Great Map Template on Elements

You're probably not a cartographer. You probably don't know how to create an interactive map for PowerPoint. And you probably don't have time to draw maps in PPT from scratch. 

So, is there an easy way how to make an interactive PowerPoint map? Use a pre-built template with pre-drawn maps. This takes the guess work out of how to create a US map in PowerPoint. Try pre-made PowerPoint U.S. map and world map PowerPoint templates. Simply choose a slide with the geography you need and update the details. We'll show you how to insert a world map in PowerPoint too.

The best place for PowerPoint map templates is from Envato Elements. It's flat rate subscription service built with creatives and freelancers in mind. For a single monthly fee, you've got unlimited downloads to choose from. This spans an incredible variety of categories. That includes graphics, stock photos, and more. Of course, it also includes engaging presentation templates.

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There are a ton of presentation templates on Envato Elements. They can help you create interactive maps in PowerPoint.

Why use a pre-built template? Talented designers and map experts have already given you the framework. Add a geographic slide to your deck. Use it to create interactive maps in PowerPoint quickly and easily. You won't waste your time trying to figure out how to make an interactive map for PowerPoint. Many of the packs include editable U.S. PowerPoint maps. They also include editable maps of Asia, Europe and the rest of the world.

Here are some of our best interactive PowerPoint map slide templates from Envato Elements. They'll give you a sense of the templates you'll get access to when you sign up.

1. Americane : America Region Info Map PowerPoint

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Looking to make interactive PowerPoint maps with an editable US PowerPoint map? Or how to make an interactive PowerPoint presentation? Look no further! This template comes with 59 unique and editable presentation slide designs. You don't need to know how to create a PowerPoint interactive map for a presentation from scratch. This template saves you loads of time. It provides good visual designs to work into any presentation. 

2. Create Animated Map in PowerPoint

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This template comes with 1,000 icon sets. It also has 834 slides in three premade templates. Create animated maps in PowerPoint quickly and easily. Drag and drop images to screen mockups. To top it off, enjoy free update and support! Master how to create an interactive map for PowerPoint today.

3. World Maps for Presentations (PowerPoint Map Chart)

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Take the guess work out of how to create a map in PowerPoint with this template. Create an interactive map for presentation PowerPoints and more. Download these maps for presentations and easily customize them in PowerPoint.

4. PowerPoint Maps Presentation (Map in PPT)

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This template makes it easy to create an animated map in PowerPoint. Use them to create an interactive map for presentation purposes. Easily insert a map in PowerPoint and use it to convey your ideas.

5. Maps PowerPoint Infographic Slide

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Still trying to figure out how to make an interactive PowerPoint map presentation? This template helps you make interactive PowerPoint map in minutes. This template comes with 33 infographic maps for presentations. They are easy to customize. 

We'll work with this Maps PowerPoint Infographic Slides deck in this tutorial.

Find More PowerPoint Maps on GraphicRiver

Another option is GraphicRiver. It's got a ton of templates to help you create interactive maps in PowerPoint. It's a "pay-as-you-go" model for creative assets. GraphicRiver also features PowerPoint map templates. It's easy to find the perfect interactive map PowerPoint template.

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GraphicRiver features a library of editable US PowerPoint maps. You can "pay-as-you-go" by purchasing single templates.

I'll show you how to take the template from Elements and customize it. We'll easily create interactive maps in PowerPoint. Let's learn more about slide customization.

How to Adjust PowerPoint Map Templates

In this tutorial, learn how to create an interactive map for PowerPoint. We'll change slides from the Maps PowerPoint Infographic Slides template. Check out the screenshot below. There are many slides inside this template. They depict a wide variety of geographies. If you want to know how to create an interactive map in PowerPoint, it's a perfect solution. There's so much to choose from.

Remember, you're just starting with a slide template. You don't have to stick to that exact style. Any of these starter slides can be pulled from this template. Adjust them to your specific presentation preferences. They are ready to drop into a finished presentation. 

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In the Maps PowerPoint Infographic Slides template, there are over 30 slides with maps.

Let's walk through five visual adjustments that you can make to a map slide in PPT to customize them for your use. Then, I'll show you how to move the slide to your existing deck.

1. Change the Gradient Overlay

The blue-green style in this template may not fit in with your existing slides. Luckily, it's no problem to change these gradients to a different color.

For each of these modification examples, we've got to start by ungrouping the blocks. The author grouped all the individual states or provinces on the PowerPoint map charts. They're in a single block. This makes it easy to move and adjust. To change specific parts, you'll need to ungroup them. 

To do that, right-click on a map in PPT and choose Group > Ungroup. This splits the PowerPoint map template chart out into many individual blocks that you can edit independently.

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The starting point for this slide features blue-green gradient fills, but we'll learn to change it to a different color.

Once you ungroup the map, you can select the individual components. In the example below, I chose the main region at the top of the map. Then, I right clicked and chose Format Shape.

On the sidebar, you can choose the fill options, and change the colors in the Gradient stops section. Just click on the arrows and change the colors in the paint bucket dropdown. In the example below, I've changed the arrows to shades of green.

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Try changing the gradient stops arrows to colors of your own choice. These Maps PowerPoint Infographic Slides have plenty of options.

2. Focus on a Single State

The maps in this template are pretty far-reaching and often include an entire nation. When you want to focus on a rather specific part of the PowerPoint map, you might want to highlight a particular state and fade out the rest of the blocks.

Again, start by right-clicking the map and choosing Group > Ungroup. As a reminder, we do this so that we can select individual components of the map and adjust them individually.

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Start by ungrouping the map, then selecting the regions that you want to change on Maps PowerPoint Infographic Slides.

After you've selected the regions you want to change right click and choose the format shape options. On the fill menu, turn up the Transparency slider to fade out the selected regions. You can leave them in the map view but fading them a bit brings more focus to the critical parts of the PowerPoint map.

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Several middle regions are faded. More emphasis will naturally come to the existing areas on this PowerPoint map.

3. Remove Regions as Needed

Just because the map features a broad region with many states or countries in it, that doesn't mean that you've got to include all of them. You can select individual areas to remove.

In the example below, remember to start by clicking on the map and right clicking, selecting Group > Ungroup. 

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As a starting point, you can see that all regions of Belgium are present in this screenshot of Maps PowerPoint Infographic Slides.

Then, just click on each of the regions that you want to remove from the map. Press delete on your keyboard to remove all the selected areas.

One of my favorite things about the maps for presentations in this slide deck is that the shapes are of high quality, so you can resize them as needed. In my example, I'm going to remove several of the provinces in Belgium, and then scale up the remaining infographic.

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In this screenshot, I scaled up the remaining regions to enhance the map to focus on specifics.

4. Add a Border for Focus

After you've ungrouped a block of areas in a map, you can work individually with the states on the map. Another change you can make is to add a border to your PowerPoint map to break out a single region of the map.

Again, start by ungrouping the map. Then, select a single region and right click Format Shape. 

On the new menu that opens, find the Line dropdown and click on it. Then, you can change the Color, transparency, and width to modify the presence of the map border as you can see in the screenshot below.

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Adding a bolder border can set off a specific region of the map specifically as you can see in this screenshot.

Try increasing the size of your border to focus on a single region. You can also change the color of that border to draw more attention to the specifics.

5. Add an Annotation

If you really want to highlight a specific part of the map, you might need to add an annotation. Annotations can draw attention to very specific parts of a slide.

My favorite way to add annotations is to use a shape. Go to the Insert tab on the PowerPoint ribbon and choose Shapes. Then, find a shape that can act as an eye-catching text box to add to the map.

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A simple shape inserted on top of part of the map is perfect to customize the infographic with more detail.

Remember that if you're pointing to specific cities or towns, you'll want to be very careful that your annotations are accurate. Cross-reference the placement of an annotation with a much more detailed tool like Google Maps.

Last: How to Insert a Map Slide Into Your PowerPoint Deck

Chances are that you won't have a slide deck full of map slides. Instead, it's more likely that you'll finish up your map slide in PPT and take it to an existing PowerPoint presentation. 

To move your slide to another presentation, start by clicking on the slide thumbnail in PowerPoint's sidebar. Then, copy it by pressing Ctrl + C on Windows or Cmd + C on Mac. 

Now, jump over to the slide deck you want to paste the Map into. Right-click in the sidebar in the spot you want to paste your slide into. You'll see several thumbnails, and you can choose between Use Destination Theme and Keep Source Formatting:

  • Use Destination Theme attempts to match your Map slide's style to the deck it's going intoTypically, you should try this first so that it matches.
  • Keep Source Formatting preserves the same style. It also preserves formatting. This will keep it as you initially prepared the presentation.

Check out the quick screencast lesson below to learn more about the options for pasting a slide into a separate presentation:

From this point, you might want to adjust the style so that it matches your presentation. Items to check include:

  • Double check that your fonts match. The pasted version of the slide should match the other ones. 
  • Ensure that your color scheme matches nicely. The default slide deck in this tutorial uses blue-green gradients. You'll want to adjust this to match the color scheme in your presentation.

5 Best PowerPoint Map Slide Design Examples

We've looked at how to make PowerPoint interactive maps for presentations. We also discussed how to add them to your PowerPoint presentation. But maybe you need a little inspiration. Want to see how maps can be creatively used in any PowerPoint presentation? Study the following examples below: 

1. General World Map Slide

This world map slide is a great to use when you need to showcase global data. This slide usually includes a map of the entire world. There's different colored regions. Use them to show different percentages or other figures. 

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Maps PowerPoint Template includes a map of the world template.

2. Continent Map

If you simply want to show data related to a specific continent or a region, the continent map comes in handy. For example, you can color different states with different colors. Add extra text or points to further explain the data. 

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Continent Maps are helpful to show regions of your global campaign.

3. Country Map

Use a country map in PPT when you want to share details about your services or products on a country level. This is great for local businesses that have branches throughout the country. Use this template to display information about each branch.  

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Country Map Example allows you to show regions of a country.

4. Maps With Charts

Need to share detailed information about each location on the map? Consider using a slide that pairs a map with a chart. You can see the example in the template below. 

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Map With Charts Template lets you combine charts with a map to highlight data.

5. Map Slides With User Icons

Want to showcase data that relates to a demographic split? Consider pairing a country or region map with user icons. This allows your audience to easily visualize the demographic split. It also facilitates targeted marketing messages.

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Map With User Icons lets you easily see demographic data.

5 Tips For Successful Interactive Map Presentation Designs

Now that we've explored how to insert world map in PowerPoint, let's talk about some best practices. Use these tips to ensure your interactive map for PowerPoint is a strong addition:

1. Use Color to Your Advantage

Color is very communicative. Maps are communicative too. It makes a lot of sense to use the two together to communicate ideas.

Look at this interactive map presentation example. Note how the colors are associated with different symbols. You can take this idea and expand upon it in many ways. It's also a great approach because the association is completely visual. It makes it easy to see correlation. 

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Notice how this interactive map PowerPoint uses color to its advantage. 

2. Be Strategic With Your PowerPoint Maps

Your PowerPoint map chart should serve a purpose. It doesn't have to monopolize the entire slide.

You could have the map as a smaller part of the design, emphasizing an idea. Or, you could have the map as the star of the show. Make it large and let it visually convey data. 

The goal with a map is to show geographic data. This could be simple. You could just show a relevant area. Or this could be complex. You could tie regions to data or statistics. Make sure you are clear on your map's goal, so it doesn't end up confusing or unnecessary. 

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Further illustrate ideas with the perfect interactive map for PowerPoint. Download your map in PPT format today.

3. Use Imagery to Help Further Convey Ideas

Imagery can be a great way to push your map further. For example, check out these fun PowerPoint map chart ideas.

In one of these slides, we see buildings added to the map. This helps visually communicate the subject and the area. In these instances, it's not about data. It's more about visually communicating an overall idea for your audience.

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These fun maps for presentations are available on Envato Elements. Download this interactive map presentation today.

4. Make Sure Your Map Communicates Clearly

That said, are you clear on your map's purpose? Make sure it's clearly meeting those objectives. This is especially important if you're working with infographics. 

We looked at color as a great way to do this. But there are other ways too. Note these example PowerPoint maps.

You can point directly to locations on your map. Or, you can add other way finding elements, directly on your map. These could be simple aspects to animate in or out in PowerPoint too.

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This interactive map presentation has some stylish options. 

5. Remember, There Should Be an Objective

The most important thing to remember is purpose. Your maps for presentations should serve your narrative. Adding a map "just because" could prove to be overwhelming. Use PowerPoint maps for things like:

  • visually reinforcing a relevant or target region
  • sharing specific data about an area
  • directing attention to a specific area

Maps can be a strong infographic element. They can also serve as a communicative design element. Both are great approaches to try. 

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Download this interactive map for PowerPoint on Envato Elements today.

Learn More About PowerPoint Map Templates

In this tutorial, we covered how to make an interactive map in PowerPoint. We started with a great-looking template. Then we  refined it to match our style.

Looking for a complete guide to learning Microsoft PowerPoint? Make sure to check out the Ultimate Guide to the Best PPT tutorial. Here are other recent tutorials. Why not learn even more presentation skills?

We've got the perfect complement to this tutorial. Our eBook walks you through the complete presentation process. Subscribe to the Tuts+ Business Newsletter. You'll get The Complete Guide to Making Great Presentations for free. Discover how to write your PowerPoint presentation. Design it like a pro. Prepare it to present powerfully.

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Common PowerPoint Questions Answered (FAQ)

Thinking about using PowerPoint to create your presentation? Then you might have a few questions on your mind. We’ve gathered some of the most commonly asked questions about PowerPoint. These answers can help you decide if PowerPoint is the right tool for you: 

1. Can I Download Microsoft PowerPoint for Free?

You can get access when you buy a subscription to Microsoft Office. While you can’t download it for free, you can use the online version with limited functionality for free. This tutorial explains the differences between the different PowerPoint versions:

2. Can I Add Videos to My Presentations in PowerPoint?

Yes, you can. A video can add interest to your PowerPoint presentation and engage your views. We've got a step-by-step tutorial that walks you through the entire process! Here's some help with adding videos to PowerPoint presentations:

3. Can I Collaborate on My Presentation With PowerPoint?

Yes, this is possible. Recent versions make it easy for multiple people to work on the same presentation. This tutorial explains how:

4. Can I Share my PowerPoint Online With SlideShare?

Sharing your presentation online can expand your audience. Thanks to PowerPoint and SlideShare, you can upload and share your presentation online. Discover how here:

5. What’s the Difference Between PowerPoint Online and Desktop PowerPoint?

PowerPoint Online has somewhat limited functionality when compared to its desktop counterpart. For starters, the printing functionality is limited. The ability to change Views is too. For more differences between the two versions, check out our comparison:

Learn More About Creating A Great PowerPoint Presentation

Creating a memorable PowerPoint presentation isn't easy. We've got plenty of tutorials to help you out. Learn more about creating a great PowerPoint presentation with these tutorials: 

Get Your Editable PowerPoint Map Template Today

You've just learned how to create a map in PowerPoint. Need to show various locations or geographic-related data? Maps for presentations make a real difference. 

Make interactive PowerPoint maps a part of your next presentation. Try an editable US PowerPoint map template from Envato Elements. Use it to skip ahead in building accurate, stylish maps. 

A subscription to Elements unlocks a multitude of high quality PowerPoint map templates. You'll have access to tons of other creative assets to supplement your presentation. Why not sign up today? Or, if you'd prefer a one-time PowerPoint map template download, try GraphicRiver.

Download your map template and start building your PowerPoint presentation now.

Editorial Note: This tutorial was originally published in November 2018. It's been updated to include new information—with special help from Barni Rajah, Brenda Barron, and Daisy Ein.

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