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How to Use Group and UnGroup when Customizing Your PowerPoint Map

In this video, I’m going to show you how easy it is to add a star or a custom element to your map to highlight a headquarters, and show locations or points of interest on our editable PowerPoint maps. Our maps are easy to customize for your sales, marketing, or educational presentations or projects. Every object in one of our maps is an independent individual object that can be customized. The techniques shown here also work with Google Slides and Apple Keynote.

For this video, we will use our Idaho state map. It’s a basic state map, the map and text are both editable. You can change text, add color, and customize however you like.

Add Elements to Your Map

  • Looking up in the Ribbon area at the top of the slide you will an option called Shapes. Shapes contain basic boxes and triangles and different elements that you can add to your presentation. You also have lots of drawing tools. My favorite one is the Freeform drawing tool. You also have basic shapes, block arrows, flowcharts, stars, banners, and callouts. You can do a lot of cool stuff with these elements.
  • Let’s select a star. If I click and drag your cursor on the slide next to your map out comes a star. Holding down the shift key will keep the element proportional. You can go as big or as small as you want. Once you have the element to the size you want, release your figure. While the star is still selected, go up to the Shape Fill and can give it a color.
  • Click on the star and hold down your mouse button and you can move it wherever you want. Add some text to it and you have a headquarter location.
Our maps work with all versions of PowerPoint. Some of the tools may be in different locations depending on which version of PowerPoint you have. But generally your customizing tools will be located in the Ribbon area at the top of the slide or in the upper right hand corner. Most of these instructions will also apply to Google Slides and Apple Keynote. 
 
PowerPoint is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation. Google Slides and Apple Keynote are trademarks of Google and Apple respectively.