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Add a dynamic map to a PowerPoint slide

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ArcGIS Maps for Office provides a fully updated experience for enhancing your PowerPoint presentations with interactive, dynamic maps by making it simpler and quicker to search for content. Add maps directly to PowerPoint using content from your ArcGIS organization, or edit existing map slides. Insert the map into a slide and position it as desired—on its own or combined with other standard PowerPoint features such as charts, images, and text. In Slide Show mode, click Play on the map and it becomes fully interactive—you can zoom and pan across the map and select features to display detailed information.

Note:

Maps are dynamic only in Slide Show mode. Click Unlock Map on the map during your presentation to activate it.

Add a map to a slide

To add a map to a PowerPoint slide, do the following:

  1. On the PowerPoint ribbon, click the ArcGIS Maps tab to display the ArcGIS Maps ribbon.
  2. Click Sign in to sign in to your ArcGIS account.
  3. Create a new slide or browse to the slide to which you want to add a map.
  4. On the ArcGIS Maps ribbon, click Add Map.

    The Insert New Map wizard opens, displaying the first tab of the workflow, Browse for Maps.

    Browse for maps

    Note:

    As you go through the wizard, you can click Next to move through each step of the workflow, or click the tab that you want to work with. You do not need to perform workflow steps in order, and you can always go back to a step to change its settings.

  5. Search for a web map to add to your slide by doing one of the following:
    • Click the My Content tab to display content from your ArcGIS account. Click a folder to display its contents.
    • Click Recent to list the last five maps that you used on the current computer.
    • Click Favorites to list the items that you've marked as a favorite in ArcGIS.
    • Type one or more keywords in the Search field and press Enter.
    • Click Groups to see content available to the ArcGIS groups to which you belong.

    The list pane on the right displays the results of your search or the contents of the selected folder. Click a map listing to select it and click the Info button Info to view details about the map.

  6. Click Next.

    The Choose Layers tab opens, listing all the layers available in the web map you selected.

  7. Check the box beside a layer to include it in your map slide. Clear the check box beside layers you don't want to include.

    Choose layers to include in your map slide

  8. Click Next.

    The Configure Legend tab opens, showing an empty Legend pane.

  9. To add map keys to the legend, click the Add button beside the entry in the layers pane.

    Note:

    The legend window has a maximum height of 350 pixels. If the selected keys exceed the space allowed, an error appears.

  10. To configure the map legend, do the following:
    • Click and drag map keys in the legend to change their order.
    • Click Edit to change the name of the map key.
    • Click Delete to remove the key from the legend.
    • Click the Theme button Legend Theme to change the theme for the Legend pane. Clicking the button toggles between Light (white background and black text) or Dark (grey background and white text).
      Note:

      • Configurations set here apply only to the legend. They do not affect layer names or map order, nor does the theme affect the map itself.
      • The legend is added to the map-enabled slide as a static image. When you activate the map, the map moves to the forefront of the slide and may hide the legend.

  11. Click Next.

    The Choose Layout tab opens, showing various slide layout options.

  12. Choose the layout to use for the map-enabled slide.

    Choices include the following:

    • Default Layout—The map is added to the layout of the current slide.
    • Fill Bottom—The map fills the bottom half of the slide's content area.
    • Fill Right—The map fills the right side of the slide's content area.
    • Fill Slide—The map fills the entire content area of the slide.

  13. Click Next.

    The Review Map and Insert tab opens, showing a preview of the map and legend on the slide. Review the size, extent, and zoom level of the map and make any necessary changes. Drag the legend to reposition it.

    Review map and insert

  14. Click Insert to add the map to the current slide.

    The wizard closes and the map-enabled slide appears. In Design mode, the map and legend appear as two static images; you can resize each image and reposition them on the slide as desired. To interact with the map, you must be in Slide Show mode and activate the map to make it dynamic.

Edit an existing map

Using the Edit Map wizard, you can quickly edit a map that was previously added to a slide.

Note:

You cannot edit maps that were added from Excel. Those maps are created as static images and cannot be modified in PowerPoint.

To edit an existing map slide, do the following:

  1. On the PowerPoint ribbon, click the ArcGIS Maps tab to display the ArcGIS Maps ribbon.
  2. Click Sign in to sign in to your ArcGIS account.
  3. In your presentation, browse to the slide that contains the map you want to modify and click the map image on the slide.
  4. On the ArcGIS Maps ribbon, click Edit Map.

    The Edit Map wizard opens on the Review Map and Insert tab, displaying the current settings for your map.

  5. Click the appropriate tab to make the necessary modifications. Do one or more of the following:
    • To change the map, click Browse for Maps and choose a new map.
    • To change the layers that appear on your map slide, click Choose Layers and change the current selection.
    • To change the legend, click Configure Legend and change the configuration options.
    • To change the slide layout, click Choose Layout and choose a different layout from the available options.
  6. When you've completed your changes, click Review Map and Insert.

    Review the size, extent, and zoom level of the map and make any necessary changes. Drag the legend to reposition it.

  7. Click Insert.

    The wizard closes and the map is updated in the slide. To interact with the map, you must be in Slide Show mode and activate the map to make it dynamic.

Activate the map

When you add a map to a slide, the map and legend appear as two static images on the slide while you're working on the presentation. When you switch to Slide Show mode, clicking the Unlock Map button on the map brings the map to the forefront of the slide and makes it dynamic. The map legend remains a static image.

Note:

You must be signed in to ArcGIS to activate a map-enabled slide.

To activate a map on a slide, do the following:

  1. Open your PowerPoint presentation in Slide Show mode.
  2. On the map-enabled slide, click Unlock Map Unlock Map on the map.
    Click Unlock Map to make the map dynamic

    The map becomes fully dynamic, allowing you to zoom in and out, pan across the map, and click features to display detailed information about locations.

  3. To place the map in full-screen mode, click the Full Screen button View map in full-screen mode on the map.

    The map expands to fill the entire display area, hiding the legend and any other elements on the slide.

    Note:

    When you activate the map, the map moves to the forefront of the slide and may hide the legend and other slide elements. You can view the map layers and legends by opening the Contents pane.

  4. To view the Contents pane, click the double arrows Show/Hide Contents in the upper left corner of the map.

    The Contents pane shows all the layers available in the web map, including any layers that were turned off in the Add Map wizard. Check or uncheck the boxes beside the layer names to hide or display layers.

    Click the double arrows to close the Contents pane.

  5. To resume your presentation, deactivate the map by clicking the Lock Map button Lock Map on the map, or press the Escape key.