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:
- 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.
Figure 1: Layout
- Now just drag and drop the map file that you downloaded in the preceding tutorial on the slide (see Figure
Figure 2: Downloaded Map File
- Right-click on the placed file to get the menu as shown in Figure 3. From the menu choose Group | Ungroup.
Figure 3: Ungroup
- This opens a dialog box asking "Do you want to convert the imported picture to a Microsoft Office drawing object?" (see Figure 4).
Figure 4: Converting Picture to Microsoft Office drawing object
Click Yes to proceed.
- Repeat the third step again and choose Group | Ungroup again to ungroup the file completely.
- Figure 5 shows the completely ungrouped map.
Figure 5: Ungrouped USA map
- 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.
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