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How to Make Awesome Maps in Google Slides With Editable Templates (+Video)

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Using a map template can save time over making your own map in a slide’s presentation. Besides, map templates ensure that your presentation is high-quality. Google slides map templates can be used in both PowerPoint and Google slides. 

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Europa template from Envato Elements is used throughout this article.

You can find premium map presentation templates for Google Slides on Envato Elements You can also find map Google Slides themes on GraphicRiver. In this article, you'll learn how to use a Google Slides template to customize your maps. But before we do that, you'll look at a specially curated list of Google Slides templates with maps.

Best Google Slides Map Presentation Templates (Envato Elements)

A free editable US map or other free map is tempting to download. But premium world map Google Slides templates from Envato Elements are better. They'll provide you with the most professional template and the most options.

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Editable maps for Google Slides have everything you need to create maps for presentations.

Here's a curated list of three of the best Google Slides templates with maps:

1. Americane - North America Map

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The Americane template has about 26 different maps for presentations included in in it. Along with the maps, the template package includes world flags.

2. Eurove - Editable Maps

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Eurove comes with 23 different map presentation templates and over 100 presentation slides. With world flags and two different color schemes, this template makes it easy to create a professional Google map presentation.

3. Creatic - Maps for Presentations

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This is a multipurpose presentation. So along with other slides you also get a USA map and world map slide. This template is great for Google map presentations about business in other states. It can also be used for presentations about other countries.

How to Make Awesome Maps in Google Slides With Editable Templates (Video)

Maps are great if you need to discuss location in your presentation. But creating your own map from scratch can be tough. Fortunately, there are some top-notch Google Slides map templates that you can customize quickly and easily. Learn how in this short video:

For even more about customizing Google Slides maps and other tips, keep reading the tutorial below.

How to Customize Maps in Google Slides

Let's learn how to customize a maps template in Google Slides.

1. Open a Map Slide

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Drag your template with the editable maps into Google Slides.

Open Google Slides from your Google Drive. Click File. Then click Import > Presentations and select the template. Or click Upload and drag the template file onto your Google map presentation. 

Then once the template finishes uploading, pick which map slides you want to use. If you want all the slides select All in the top right corner, then click Import slides in the lower right corner. Now you've got the entire template loaded in Google Slides.

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For this tutorial, we'll be using Europa Google Maps slideshow template from Envato Elements.

2.  Change the Color of Part of a Map

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Select the part of the maps for presentations you want to change the color of.

First, click on the slide in the template you want to edit. For this tutorial, I'll select slide #2, World Map Layout. 

You can change the color of the country in this slide presentation template. In this map, I'll make Brazil pink instead of blue. 

This feature is great if you want to talk about a specific country instead of a whole region. Changing the color of a specific country instead of the region also makes the country stand out.

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Part of South America changes from blue to pink.

To change the color of part of the map, click in the part you want to change. Go the toolbar and click the Fill Color tool (it looks like a paint bucket). A color palette appears. Choose the color you would like to use from the palette. Now the part of the map you selected is a different color. 

2. Add Labels

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Another helpful feature is the ability to add a label. Labels make it easy for the audience to find the area on the map that you're discussing in your presentation. For this part of the tutorial we'll use slide #3, World Map. In this example, I chose to add a label to the map of North America.  

Select the Line tool in the tool bar and draw your line. I started the line at the North America map. Then, use the Line Color tool (it looks like a pencil) to change the color of your line. I chose green to match the color of the North America map.

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Here a text box was added to label a specific part of the map to create a labeled map of North America.

The next step is to create a text box to complete the label. Do this by clicking the Text box icon in the toolbar. Create a box sized appropriately for the label you'll be using.  

Next, pick a font and size of font that match your template or presentation theme. Type your label. In this case, I typed "North America." Now you've got a labeled map of North America. 

Labels aren't just for labeling a country, region or continent. Use labels to call out city names, counties, rivers or statistics for a certain area. Using labels calls out the important features of your map. Labels also provide visual information needed to understand the Google map presentation.

3. Change the Background of the Map

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Change the black background of the slide with the map.

For this section of the tutorial I'll use slide #5, European Map Layout. This template background comes in black. If you don’t like the black background and want to change the color of the background of the slide you can easily do that. 

Changing the background of the slide enables you to personalize your Google map presentation. It can also help you to better match the theme of your presentation.

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The black background of the map was changed to pink.

To change the background of the slide, select the slide that you want to change to a new background color. Then select the Fill Color tool from the tool bar. Next, select the color you want from the color palette. Keep trying different colors until you get the color that you want. Now you've successfully changed the background of your map.

4. Add a Chart

If you want to add a chart to a slide with map on it but aren't sure how to do it—keep reading! 

In this tutorial, we add a chart to slide #2. Do this by going to the tool bar and select Insert. You'll get a drop-down menu. From this drop-down menu select Chart. This will insert the Google map into Google Slides

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Here a chart was added to the map slides template.

You'll get another menu where you can select the kind of chart you would like to insert into your slide. Choose between a pie chart, bar graph, or a column and line graph. Choose the type of chart that'll look best in your slide and portray the data in an easy to understand format. The chart will appear on your slide.

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You can edit the chart that was added to the map slides template.

Now that you've got the chart that you wanted added to you slide you can edit it to fit your theme. To edit the chart, right click on it. You'll see a menu on the right side of your page. select Format Options. The Format Options panel opens. 

With the Format Options panel you can:

  • Change the size and position of the chart.
  • Recolor the chart.
  • Change the brightness, transparency and contrast (under the Adjustments option).
  • Add a drop shadow to the chart.
  • Add a reflection to the chart.

5. Add an Icon

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The Europa template from Envato Elements includes many icons.

Slides #51 through 62 contain icons you can use with your Google map presentation. For this presentation, I'll use slide #56. Easily add icons to other slides in your presentation. When choosing an icon to use for your presentation, choose carefully. 

Icons are great to add to a map to visually convey information. Use them to point out something in a smaller space when you don't have enough room for a label. Icons help your audience understand the points that you're trying to make.

The first step after you've selected an icon you want to use is to copy the icon. Right click on the icon with your mouse and choose Copy from the popup menu.

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A purple line pointing to a home icon was added to the slide.

The second step is to paste the icon onto your slide by putting your cursor on the map where you want the icon. Right click with your mouse and choose Paste on the pop-up menu. 

Now you've got an icon on your slide. Move the icon wherever you need it to be on the slide. 

You can also change the color by selecting the icon. Click Fill Color. Choose which color you would like the icon to be. This way, the icon will match the rest of your presentation. It will also help draw attention to important details.

5 Tips for Using Templates With Editable Maps

Templates with editable maps for presentations save time when you need to show territories. You can also use them to discuss regions or include any other geographic information in your presentation. Here are five tips to help you get the most from using editable maps.

1. Use Formatting Carefully

Coloring a country or region in a map for presentation helps to highlight the area that you want to talk about. Labels can also make it easier to point out the area that you're talking about. 

If there are many things or many regions to talk about, break it up into separate map slides. If you highlight or label too many places the audience will get overwhelmed. When a slide is cluttered with labels it can distract the audience from what you're trying to say. 

Also, when with labels choose a font that's easy to read even from a distance. This will make sure that your audience can read the labels on the map. Fancy fonts can be distracting for the audience too.

2. Add a Map Key

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This map key was added to the Google map presentation slide.

If you decide to add a lot of icons to your map slide, then it's a good idea to have a map key. A map key is a box in the corner of your slide that says what the icons or colors you used mean. 

A key will save you from having to explain what the icons and colors mean. It also makes sure that your audience understands every icon, or every color, used on the slide. 

In the example above I created a small map key, but you can make a bigger one. When you use a map key, make sure that the key isn't so big that it distracts from the rest of the slide. The map key is meant to be a helpful tool, not a distraction. Having a map key also helps you remember what the icons mean.

3. Add Icons

Add icons to the map for presentation instead of text. Adding symbols can help make sure that you don't have too much text on the map. They make it easy to understand the meaning you're trying to portray, so you don’t have to add as much text to the slide. 

There are many icons that are easy to interpret the meaning of. For example, I used the home icon. 

4. Have a Q&A Section

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Here's how to add a Q&A section to your Google map presentation.

Having a question and answer section in a presentation is a good idea if the subject is complicated or if you think your audience may have questions. Having a question and answer section allows you to engage with your audience. Engaging with your audience makes your Google map presentation more exciting. 

Google Slides makes it easy to have a question and answer section. They offer the ability for people to submit their questions beforehand. Other audience members can even upvote questions that they also want to know the answer to. 

To have people submit their questions beforehand click on View in the toolbar. Next, click Present. This will bring you to Presenter View. Then, click Q&A. In the popup window under the tab Audience Tools you'll notice the Start New button.

When you click the Start New button, you're accepting questions. The link in the blue bar to your audience is to the URL where the audience can ask questions. Now you know before you give your presentation what the questions will be.

5. Be Consistent

Throughout your presentation you should use an appropriate color scheme. You can choose the color scheme that your presentation comes with or your brand colors. If you decide to use your own color scheme, make sure that the colors go together. Using clashing colors can be distracting for the audience. 

An example of distracting colors are bright orange and bright purple. Bright orange and bright purple would be distracting since the colors clash. Not to mention, both colors are bright. If you want to use bright colors in your color scheme, use one bright color only. Make the other color paler than the bright color. The bright color can be used to highlight important areas on a map or important text.

Five Design Trends For Google Slides Map Templates

To make sure your Google Slides map presentation stands out, incorporate design trends. Here are five design trends to keep in mind when it comes to using Google Slides map templates: 

1. Opt for Bright Colors

Bright colors make your maps stand out. Not to mention, it'll be easier for your audience to notice key details. 

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Derona Google Slides Maps template on Envato Elements - World map Google slides template

Derona is the perfect example of a Google Slides map template that uses bright colors to make the presentation more interesting.

2. Stand Out With Isometric Maps

A great way to make your presentation stand out is to use isometric maps. Luckily, you’ll find plenty of isometric map templates on Envato Elements for any continent. 

3. Use Outline Maps For Elegant Presentations

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Outline Maps template on Envato Elements

Make your presentation more elegant by using map outlines. This Outline Maps template for Google Slides is a great choice for any type of business presentation. 

4. White Space

White space gives your entire presentation a professional look. It helps your presentation to not look cluttered. So, leave plenty of white space around different elements on your map slides.

5. Dark Backgrounds

Dark backgrounds are growing in popularity, especially now that dark mode is an option on many devices. Use a dark background to make your map stand out even more. This Country Map Google Slides template makes excellent use of dark backgrounds.

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Country Map Google Slides template on Envato Elements

Where to Find the Best Google Slides Templates in 2021 (Envato Elements vs GraphicRiver)

Both Envato Elements and GraphicRiver have amazing Google Slides templates with high-quality map designs. They lead the pack in 2021. But which marketplace is the better choice: Envato Elements or GraphicRiver? And what are the key benefits of each?

1. Key Benefits of Envato Elements

Envato Elements is a premium subscription service. For a flat monthly fee, you get access to unlimited creative templates. That’s a powerful offer. 

You can download as many Google Slides map templates as you need to use at any time. Plus, you’ll also get access to web templates, fonts, add-ons, and graphic assets. Here are the Google Slides templates available on Envato Elements:

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Google Slides templates on Envato Elements

2. Key Benefits of GraphicRiver (& Envato Market)

GraphicRiver is the leading digital marketplace when you need single-use graphics and visual assets. It’s part of the Envato Market suite of online marketplaces that cater to various creative needs.

If you need a single PowerPoint template to use right now, buy it from GraphicRiver. Here are the best Google Slides templates that are currently trending:

Google Slides Templates with Maps on GraphicRiver

Your Choice (What’s Right for You?)

If you’re a designer or an entrepreneur with many brands to promote, Envato Elements gives you the best bang for your buck. Sign up for Envato Elements now.

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But, if you need a single Google Slides presentation template, visit GraphicRiver to find what you need.

More Top Google Slides Template Resources

There's a Google Slides template for practically every purpose. You saw Google Maps slideshow (Slides) templates in this article but there's so much more to unlock. Best of all, remember that your Elements subscription gives you unlimited access.

Here are three more articles with selections of the best Google Slides themes:

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Common Google Slides Questions Answered (FAQ)

Editable maps for Google Slides are a great first step to building the graphics you've got in mind. Maps with Google Slides themes have most of the work already finished for you. 

Many beginners have questions while working with world map Google Slides templates. Here are five common tips that you can use while working with map Google Slides themes:

1. Do Professionals Use Google Slides Templates?

There's a misconception that pros don't use Google Slides. Maybe it's seen as second class because it's a free tool.

Make no mistake—Google Slides has all the power you need, right inside your web browser. Map Google Slides themes can bring a professional design to your next presentation. See another pro example in our pitch deck tutorial below:

2. Does Google Slides Work With PowerPoint Presentations?

"Switching cost" is a real challenge. Most presenters won't learn an entirely new app just for one presentation.

Google Slides seriously eases the learning curve because it works with PowerPoint presentations. Learn how to work with PPTX presentations in this guide:

3. Does Google Slides Support Charts and Graphs?

If you're used to PowerPoint, you might wonder about charts and graphs in Google Slides. PowerPoint ties to Excel to create data-driven charts.

But Google Slides is also a more-than-capable chart tool. It uses embedded versions of Google Sheets to make it easy to add charts. Use our tutorial to create charts and graphs in Google Slides with templates.

4. Can You Add Audio to Google Slides Presentations?

Sound effects and music can really add so much to a presentation when used properly. Envato Elements subscription unlimited audio tracks at no extra cost.

Google Slides support audio, easily. Master the art of working with music and sound effects with the help of our article:

5. Can You Create Infographics in Google Slides?

Infographics have never been more popular. It's a way of combining "information" and "graphics" just as the name implies!

Again, you might be surprised by how much power lives inside of a browser-based tool. You can create infographics—from scratch or with the help of a template—using Google Slides. See best practices for doing just that inside our tutorial:

Learn More About Map & Other Presentation Templates

Would you like to learn more about using maps for presentations? Here are some more resources for you:

Customize a Map Template Today

 Now you've looked over some world map Google Slides templates from Envato Elements. You've learned how to customize maps in Google Slides. We've also shared tips about how to make your Google map presentation better. 

Why not customize a map presentation template today? If you didn't find a template you liked on Envato Elements, you can find more editable maps for Google Slides on GraphicRiver.

Editorial Note: This tutorial was originally published in May of 2019. It's been comprehensively revised to include new information—with special help from Andrew Childress and Brenda Barron.  Also, a video has been added for further clarification.

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