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Ungrouping Maps in PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 for Windows

Learn how to ungroup a map in PowerPoint 2007 and 2010.


Author: Geetesh Bajaj

Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 and 2010
OS: Microsoft Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8

Date Created: February 24th 2010
Last Updated: February 24th 2010






In a previous tutorial I showed you how to download vector map files from the Microsoft Office website. In this tutorial you'll learn how to ungroup these files. Our example looks at a map of the United States of America that also shows each individual state -- your map may be different but the principles explained below will be useful.

With your downloaded file ready, follow these steps to place the downloaded file in PowerPoint 2007 - 2010 and ungroup it:

  1. Open PowerPoint 2007, right-click an empty area on the slide and choose Layout | Blank in the resultant context menu to change the layout to Blank as shown in Figure 1.

    Layout
    Figure 1: Layout

  2. Now just drag and drop the map file that you downloaded in the preceding tutorial on the slide (see Figure 2).

    Downloaded File
    Figure 2: Downloaded Map File

  3. Right-click on the placed file to get the menu as shown in Figure 3. From the menu choose Group | Ungroup.

    Ungroup
    Figure 3: Ungroup

  4. This opens a dialog box asking "Do you want to convert the imported picture to a Microsoft Office drawing object?" (see Figure 4).

    Converting Picture to Microsoft Office drawing object
    Figure 4: Converting Picture to Microsoft Office drawing object

    Click Yes to proceed.

  5. Repeat the third step again and choose Group | Ungroup again to ungroup the file completely.

  6. Figure 5 shows the completely ungrouped map.

    ungrouped USA map
    Figure 5: Ungrouped USA map

  7. Each ungrouped component can now be individually animated or used as required -- some extra areas such as shadows, etc. can be selected and deleted if not required. If you want a slide with individual US states rightaway, just download this file.

Tip: Learn how you can add fills, outlines, and effects to individual shapes -- and also how you can add animation.

 

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