Everything you need to add beautiful editable maps to your PowerPoint slides

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If you study or work sooner or later you will have to make a PowerPoint presentation. No matter if you work in a mapping industry, you want to present annual results per region in your organization, or you have class project review, the best way to show something that has a spatial component is always a map.

If you need to show some complex phenomena you might need to make your cartographic visualization in a GIS, mapping or graphic software and add it as an image to your slides. If needed you can than draw shapes on the top of the image in PowerPoint. This way you can also add animations on the top of your map background.

But if you need a cool looking map for your slides to show things on a cartogram or same graphics like pie charts, bubble chart or markers on the top of a map the best method is to use one of the templates available online.

These map templates offer various possibilities but also have some limitations. You can change the color of each element (e.g. country, state), do actions like enlarging a country, you can group, ungroup visual elements, add effects like shadows etc. The biggest limitation is that you cannot connect it to any data, which means that you need to edit colors manually.

What is found really interesting is that some of these maps are using SVG or vectors so you can edit them with any vector editing tool and copy back to you slides.

Below you find a list of my favourite free and premium templates:

1. MS Office map template with pins from Microsoft

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Source: Office
Price: Free

2. Cool generalized 13 templates of world map 
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Source: Showeet
Price: Free

3. Simple country-level world map

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Source: presentationmagazine
Price: Free

4. Another free country-level map but not in Mercator projection

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Source: Presentation Slides
Price: Free

5. Awesome dotted world map 

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Source: Presentationgo
Price: Free

 

6. Cool premium world map with charts.

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Source: GraphicRiver
Price: $12

7. Premium world map with zoom

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Source: GraphicRiver
Price: $4

8. Premium country map with states and regions

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Source: GraphicRiver
Price: $10

If you feel something is missing, feel free to share it in comments.

Wiktor Kostrzewski
What defines me is a mix of curiosity combined with a bit of of fun. I believe that the spatial data and the technologies associated with them are what I'm looking for. Fortunately for us, we live in times where the exchange of digital information blossoming before our eyes. That is why, I am here with you, sharing my fascination with all that is "geo", because I know that the interaction with others is what shapes me every day.
  • Ricky Brundritt

    Also worth noting that excel has a new map chart feature in preview which creates similar maps. These can be copied into powerpoint and you can edit the data there if desired

    • Wiktor

      Noted, thanks for sharing

  • ArmyMapGuy

    You could also get the ArcGIS for Personal Use program (yes, it’s $100/yr) and have fantastic web maps to cut/paste OR use ArcGIS Maps for Office that integrates web mapping into Excel and PowerPoint. Try ArcGIS for 60 days via FREE trial.