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Adding and Editing Maps in Google Slides: A Visual Guide​

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Visual aids like maps can bring a new level of understanding and engagement to your presentations. Google Slides, a versatile and user-friendly tool, lets you seamlessly integrate maps into your slideshows. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process of adding and editing maps in Google Slides, allowing you to enhance your presentations with geographical context.

Step 1: Insert a Map

  • Open Your Presentation: Log in to your Google account and navigate to Google Slides. Open the presentation where you want to add a map.
  • Choose a Slide: Select the slide where you want to insert the map. Click on the slide’s thumbnail on the left sidebar.
  • Insert the Map: Go to the “Insert” menu at the top and select “Image.” In the popup window, choose “Google Maps.”

A Melbourne map in yellow and grey color.

Step 2: Customizing the Map

  • Adjust the Location: Once the map is inserted, you’ll see a box with a map on your slide. Click on the map box to reveal a toolbar at the top.
  • Search for a Location: Click on the magnifying glass icon in the toolbar. A search bar will appear. Type in the location you want to display on the map. Press Enter.
  • Choose the Map Style: Click on the “Map Style” dropdown in the toolbar to choose how you want your map to appear. Options include road maps, satellite imagery, and terrain views.
  • Resize and Reposition: Click and drag the corners of the map box to resize it. To reposition the map, click and drag it to the desired location on the slide.

Step 3: Adding Markers and Routes

  • Markers: To mark specific locations on the map, click on the “Add marker” icon in the toolbar. Click on the map to place a marker, and you can customize the marker’s color and label.
  • Routes: If you want to draw a route on the map, click on the “Add line” icon in the toolbar. Click on the map to start the route, and then click to add points along the route. Double-click to end the route.

Step 4: Editing the Map

  • Format Options: Click on the map to select it. In the top menu, click on “Format” and then “Format options.” A sidebar will appear with various customization options.
  • Adjust Transparency: If you want to adjust the transparency of the map, look for the “Transparency” slider in the sidebar. Slide it left or right to achieve the desired effectOne of the cities in Melbourne is zoomed in and colored with saffron.
  • Borders and Shadows: In the “Format options” sidebar, you can add borders and shadows to the map box for a more polished look.

Step 5: Save and Present

  • Save Your Changes: After customizing the map, click the “Apply” button in the “Format options” sidebar to save your changes.
  • Preview and Present: To see how the map looks during your presentation, click the “Present” button at the top-right corner of the screen. Navigate through the slides to view your map in action.


Incorporating maps into your Google Slides presentations can help you convey geographical information and provide context in a visually engaging manner. By following these steps, you can confidently add and edit maps in Google Slides, making your presentations more informative and captivating for your audience. Whether you’re highlighting a specific location or showcasing a route, maps are a powerful tool that can elevate your storytelling.

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Ramachandiran is a content writer with a love for words and storytelling. With over two years of experience in crafting compelling and engaging content, he is passionate about using words to tell stories and create memorable experiences for his readers.

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