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How to Color a USA Map in PowerPoint

How to Color Editable PowerPoint Maps for Sales, Marketing and Educational Presentation

In this video, I will show you how you can easily color one of our editable, royalty free 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. 

Changing a Maps Colors

To change the colors of the states, counties or countries, select a map by clicking on it with your mouse pointer. You’ll notice you have eight handles that pop up around the outside. This tells you it’s an individual object and it’s ready to be customized. The map elements, the states, countries, text, can be pulled out, colored, enlarged or reduced or whatever you want to do with them. The state is an independent object. 

Look up at the top of the PowerPoint screen for the Shape Fill option, it will be in the Ribbon area. Click on the Shape Fill option, it will open and you can change the color. Most of the customizing tools are up in the ribbon area. 

All the commands that you’re going to need for customizing are pretty much always up at the top of the slide. In Google Slides or Apple Keynote some of the customizing tools may be on the right.

Selecting Several Objects at the Same Time.

If we want to select several states at once, maybe you’re forming a sales territory or a regional map. Click on each state or country with the mouse pointer while you are holding down the Shift Key on your Keyboard. This allows you to select multiple objects at the same time. We don’t have to customize each state one at a time. If we selected one that we didn’t want to select, you can just click on it again and it will deselect. It’s like a toggle switch. It will select on or off. Once you have them all selected you can go up to Shape Fill and choose a color.

Changing Line Color.

If we wanted to emphasize a particular state, just like with the colors, we can also change the line or stroke that goes around the outside. In PowerPoint, Google Slides or Keynote you can change the fill, and the stroke or outer border around the outside. Look for Shape Outline up in the Ribbon customizing area at the top of the slide. It is located right next to the Shape Fill.

You can make the line any color you want. You can also change the weight of the line, or the style. All of these options are available on all of the stroke or outlines on any maps. 

Similar customizing options are also in Google Slides and Apple Keynote

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