Microsoft Excel – creating a 2-D map

In the newest versions of Microsoft Excel it is possible to produce 2- and 3-D maps of geographical data. In this blog post, I look at creating a 2-D map; in a future one, I will discuss 3-D maps.

In this instance, I have Last Year’s Sales figures by Country.

Excel 2-D map dataSelect the data set with the regional category on the left and the data to be plotted as the second field; if the columns are not next to each other, hold down the Ctrl key to select the relevant data.

Go to the Insert tab and in the Charts group, click on the Charts drop-down and click Filled Map. A map will be displayed. Contextual tabs, Chart Tools Design and Chart Tools Format will also be displayed.

Excel 2-D map

You may want to put the map on a sheet by itself, in which case from the Chart Tools Design tab, click Move Chart and move it to a suitable location.

To add labels to the map, indicating the data, click the + sign to the right of the map, select Data Labels. Suitable labels will be added. You could also add a suitable title to the map.

Excel 2-D map with data labels

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About jdonbavand

I am a trainer of Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project and Crystal Reports. I have called my blog "If Only I'd Known That...." because I hear it so many times in training sessions. In fact, if only I had a £100 for every time someone says "If only I'd known that." ....
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