How to Create Maps in PowerPoint

Updated April 17, 2017

Microsoft PowerPoint is used to create dynamic slideshow presentations in educational and business environments. The software helps you organise your speech in a cohesive manner from beginning to end. You can incorporate images, such as charts and maps, so that the audience can visualise the information you are providing.

Insert a map using a picture or clipart. Open a new document in PowerPoint. Click on the Insert tab and click on clipart. In the clipart window, enter the type of map you would like in the "Search for" field and click on the Go button. Choose a map and it will be displayed in the slide.

Alternatively, you can insert a picture of a map saved on your computer. Click on "Picture" in the Insert menu. Navigate to the picture and click on the "Insert" button.

Insert a Visio file that contains a picture of the map. Open a new document in Microsoft Visio. Choose "New Drawing" in the "Choose Drawing Type" window. Enter "Maps" in the search field and click on the "Go" button. Select the type of map you would like and click on the "Download" button. Modify the map as you need to and copy it into PowerPoint.

Create a map in MapPoint. Go to the Edit menu and select "Copy." Go to PowerPoint and click on the slide you would like to insert the map in. Go to the Edit menu and select "Paste."

Create an interactive map in PowerPoint. Add a map to slide 1 such as a map of Massachusetts. In slide 2, add information about an area and its attractions such as the Berkshires. Go back to slide 1. Go to the slideshow menu, click on Action button, and select Next Slide. Use your mouse to draw a box around the Berkshires area. An action button will be displayed.When you run the slideshow presentation and click on the action button, the next slide with the information about the Berkshires will be displayed.

Use maps created by an artist or cartographer to insert into PowerPoint. You can add zoom animation to pinpoint a particular area in the map. Select the area you want to zoom in on. Go to the Slideshow menu and select Custom Animation. Choose Add Effect and select Grow/Shrink under Emphasis.


Maps produced by the U.S. federal government, including the Census Bureau and Bureau of Mines, are in the public domain and can be used (see Resources). Do not use high resolution maps in PowerPoint because the file size will increase.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2007
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft MapPoint
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About the Author

Shreya Mehta graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelors degree in business administration with a double concentration in finance and MIS. She attended Bentley College to obtain a MBA in finance and Masters in IT. She has been working for a financial software company for the past three years as an associate content manager.