How To Customize Maps

After you’ve inserted a map, double-click to edit the data table. You need to keep the data formatting and layout of our given example for the map to work correctly – country/city/region names in the 1st column, data in 2nd, 3rd column is for grouping entries by color, the 4th – coordinates column is populated automatically (by searching the entry name from the 1st column in OpenMaps database), however you can adjust the coordinates manually, too (this will be useful with Icons setting – you will be able to mark any location in your map, even if it is not a city, place etc.). The 5th column – Label – will show on your locations both in Area and Icon map, so this way you can also enter different names from the actual geographical location name.

If you will select your map once, you will be able to access map’s settings in the right sidebar.

🗺 Map properties

✔️ Map type. Here you can set if you would like to have an Area map (where entire regions in your map are being colored) or Icon map where you can place points (or any other icon) anywhere in your map.

Keep in mind that in Icon mode you can change the default circle to any icon from our library:

✔️ Style. By default any newly added map is a heatmap (sorted into color clusters according to the numerical values from your map data table’s second column). The darkest color reflects the highest value, but you can reverse this under the Colors tab in the right sidebar. Under Values tab you can modify data range and how many heatmap entries will there be. You can enable the heatmap legend under the Legends tab and also assign labels to what the “hot” and “cold” data of your heatmap represents.

You can also choose to assign a separate color for each entry in your map or to group multiple entries by color using the Group column in your data table.

✔️ Auto zoom. If enabled, it will zoom in automatically to show only the area included in the spreadsheet = fit all the countries in your map’s data table in one screen. Useful if you are focusing on a smaller area of a larger map (for example, a couple US states or certain region of countries in a World map). 

Alternatively you can specify a custom zoom setting for your map by clicking the zoom button in the upper right corner of your map.

✔️ Region names. Shows text from map data table’s 4th column on top of the map. Can be used both in Area and Icon mode:

This setting can also be used to show values for each entry – could be useful if you plan to use your map offline or in a printed version where hovering each entry to see its data won’t be possible.

✔️ Hide blanks. Hides the removed countries or regions in the spreadsheet on the map. If the setting is off, areas are not removed but displayed using a different, inactive color.

✔️ Tile layer. Allows you to change map background layer and adjust its transparency. 

✔️ Flat latitude/longitude ratio. Enables equirectangular projection of maps. The size of countries are less distorted with this projection than the default mercator projection.

✔️ Show zoom controls. All our maps are zoomable by default, meaning viewers can zoom in and out as they like. However, we added a setting to disable zoom controls so your map will stay the same at all times. This feature is particularly useful when placing an element (an image or a chart) on top of a map. This keeps the map and its elements in place for your viewers.

🎨 Colors

Here you can choose colors for each entry in your map (if Individual color mode is selected in Map’s Properties), specify “hot” and “cold” colors in Heatmap mode and change colors for entire groups of map entries if the Grouped color mode is chosen.

You can also specify the Inactive color (for map entries without any value in 2nd column or for the map background in Icon mode), and also change color for the map region contour.

If your map has multiple sheets (tabs above your map = data sheets under the data table), similarly as with other charts, you can have different color settings for each data sheet in your map. Note that enabling chart settings by dataset will turn off global settings and vice-versa.

🔢 Values

✔️ Value range. Setting for maps that allows you to control the minimum and maximum intervals for the value column. This will have an effect on the map’s area coloring – in Area map with Heatmap color mode it will affect the color scale:

However in an Icon map adjusting Value range will affect the minimum and maximum size for markers/icons in your map:

Here you can also specify the amount of Heatmap entries – in how many color intervals will your map be divided in its visualization.

🔠 Fonts

Here you can adjust font size and effects (bold, italic) for your map’s tabs, legend and tooltips – either for all together (global setting) or separately.

🔴 Legends

✔️ Legend. Shows different information depending on which Style setting is used in Map properties:

  • In Individual style – Legend will show entries from “Label” (5th) column in your map’s data table.
  • In Heatmap style – Legend will show value ranges (you can toggle them off) and colors assigned to those intervals.
  • In Grouped style – Legend will show group names under the chart with their corresponding colors.

In Heatmap style under Legends tab you can label your heatmap scale and assign names what the “hot” and “cold” values represent.

In Individual and Grouped style, however, you can toggle between alphabetical, reversed (Z-A) or automatic (in the oder of first mention in your data table) sorting of map entries in the legend.

💬 Tooltips

✔️ Turn on tooltips. Shows or hides the numerical value in the tooltip.

✔️ Show group names. If Grouped map style is chosen, this setting will show the respective group for each map entry in the tooltip on hover.

✔️ Show tooltip. Enables/disables the tooltips in general.

For even further guidance, watch this 5 minute extensive video tutorial.