How to add and edit maps in Google Slides

How to add and edit maps in Google Slides | Quick Tips & Tutorial for your presentations


Map infographics are very useful for any presentation, as they allow you to transmit data quickly and easily.  

In this post we are going to explain how to include and edit maps in your Google Slides presentations. 

When and why use map infographics?

Maps are very versatile and you can use them in various contexts, such as showing travel routes. 
They are of great help in business presentations that refer to different geographical areas, multinationals with headquarters in different countries or geography and history teachers who want to give a visual reinforcement to their classes. 

They are the best resource to geolocate data in your presentations on international issues and territorial policies. 

As for the advantages they provide, we can summarise them as: 
·         Clearer information that we assimilate faster, as we need less text. 
·         More attractive exhibitions that capture attention better. 
·         More accessible presentations, thanks to the use of icons that are internationally known. 

Pro tip: at Slidesgo we offer you a wide variety of free templates with infographic maps. Feel free to use them to complete your presentations with a professional touch. They include different styles and a variety of graphic and textual resources that will help you reinforce the message of your exhibition.

How to insert a map into your presentation

Google Slides gives you the option of inserting a map directly into your presentation. To do this, you just have to copy the map you need and paste it on the slide of your presentation. Let's see how: 

Insert a map into your presentation

How to change the map colors

A very useful tool is to change the color of the map or of one specific area. This will allow you to choose the one that best suits your corporate tone and is a good way to highlight certain areas that you refer to. Remember to always use the theme colors to maintain the harmony of the template. 

To change the color you just have to select the area of the map with the mouse. Go to the tools menu and click on the paint bucket icon (Fill color). Select the color you want et voila! 

Modify the color of a map area

You can also customise the tone of the background. Select the slide you want to modify and follow the same procedure as before. Click on the paint pot and choose the color that you like. 

Add and change text on the map

Sometimes you need to include not only the map, but also data to contextualize your presentation. For this you can insert short texts that serve as a guide. 

Click on the Text Box tool and create the box in the area of ​​the map that interests you. Now you can write your text and customize the size, font, etc. 

Modify the text format on the map

Another interesting option is to include links in the text blocks, to complete your presentation. You can use it in geography class presentations to include additional training resources for your students.

Insert links in the text

You can also link to other parts of your presentation, in case you need to expand the information on other slides. It's a quick and easy way to go to them. 

All you have to do is select the text you want to link and click on Insert Link in the toolbar. Choose the slide to which you want it to redirect and click Apply. 

Insert links to other slides in the presentation.

How to add and change map icons

An alternative to include information is the use of icons. These are so widespread that just by looking at them they can visually convey information. 

To add them, go to the final part of the Google Slides templates, where you will find several slides with extra resources that you can use freely, choose the icon you want and copy it. Go back to the slide where you need to insert it. And in the area where you want it to appear press Ctrl + V. 

Now you can move it to the exact area you want and change the color to suit your presentation. Simply select the icon, click on Fill color and choose the one you like. 

Insert icons in the map

On certain occasions, you may need to include several icons on the same slide. In this case, we recommend including a legend on one of the sides to explain its meaning. Try not to include too much text so as not to detract from the map.

Example of how to use the legend

Congratulations!! You are already an expert in the use of map infographics. Make the most out of it with Slidesgo's free templates by inserting infographics that help you better convey your ideas. 

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