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Embed map to PowerPoint slide

There are three different methods to add your map into a PowerPoint slide. The first method is to insert the map image into powerpoint slide. The second method includes pasting of links which you can click open during the presentation. The third method is more complex and involves installation of a PowerPoint Add-in. We recommend the first/second method as it is simple and quick.

Create powerpoint map using map image
Insert map link to PowerPoint slide (Recommended)
Embed the map directly on the slide

Create powerpoint map using map image (Recommended)

  1. Create interactive map using our map software
  2. Use to export feature to export the map into image.
  3. Insert the exported image into powerpoint slide

Insert link to PowerPoint slide

  1. After you have created the map, publish and upload it to your server.
  2. When files upload complete, take notice to the link shown to the bottom of the dialog box. This is the link you will add to the slide.
  3. On the PowerPoint slide, add the link and make sure that it is set as a hyperlink.
  4. During your presentation, you can click the link on the slide. Your favorite browser comes up with the map loaded for viewing.

A fancier approach is to save the map as an image and make it as a thumbnail in the presentation. Repeat steps 1 and 2 above to obtain the link. Add the thumbnail to your PowerPoint slide and setup a hyperlink.

Embed the map directly onto a slide

Install LiveWeb add-in

  1. You have to install the LiveWeb add-in to PowerPoint. The add-in supports PowerPoint 97 or later. Follow the instructions here to download and install the add-in. We recommend getting the "setup" (installer) version.
  2. Launch PowerPoint to enable the add-in after installation.
    1. For PowerPoint 2007 or below:
      1. Go to Tools > Add-Ins, then click on Add to insert a new add-in.
    2. For PowerPoint 2010 or above (including Office 365):
      1. Open a blank presentation.
      2. Go to File, and choose Option to the left pane.
      3. Click Add-Ins to the left pane of the PowerPoint Options dialog.
      4. Towards the bottom of the dialog, select PowerPoint Add-ins in the drop down menu after Manage. Click Go to continue.
      5. In the Add-in dialog, click Add New.
  3. Navigate to the location you have installed the add-in. By default it is C:\Program Files\Shyam Pillai\LiveWeb or C:\Program Files (x86)\Shyam Pillai\LiveWeb.
  4. Select LiveWeb.ppam and click OK.
  5. You might be prompted with the macro virus warning. Enable the macros.
  6. A check mark is shown in the Add-in dialog box if the add-in is successfully installed. Click Close to continue.

If you are using PowerPoint 2013 (Office 365), you have to follow this knowledge base article from Microsoft to change some registry values on your PC to make the embed working.

Embed the map

  1. After you have created the map, publish the project. Do not upload the published files.
  2. Navigate to the publish folder, and open imap5.html using Notepad or your favorite text editor.
  3. Insert the following code between the 4th and the 5th line.
    <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=9" />
  4. Go back to the Publishing dialog and upload the map to your server.
  5. When the files upload complete, take notice to the link shown to the bottom of the dialog box. This is the link you will embed the map to the slide.
  6. On the PowerPoint slide, go to Insert > Web Page (for PowerPoint 2007 or below) or use the Insert tab and choose Web Page (for PowerPoint 2010 or above) to open the LiveWeb wizard. Click Next to continue.
  7. Enter the link in the box before the Add button and click Add. Click Next to continue.
  8. Keep the page refresh settings as-is and click Next to continue.
  9. You can adjust the position and how the map is shown in this step. We recommend keeping the default settings, so the map displays to the center of its own slide. Click Next to continue.
  10. Click Finish to quit the wizard. The map is embedded as a new slide and it will load in presentation.

You can further change the position, size and alignment of the map on the slide, and go to Insert > Edit Page Properties (for PowerPoint 2007 or below) or use the Insert tab and choose Edit Page Properties (for PowerPoint 2010 or above).

If you have updated the map in iMapBuilder HTML5, you have to repeat Steps 1-4 in the Embed the Map section.

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