Get started with Power Map

Microsoft Power Map for Excel 2013 is a three-dimensional (3-D) data visualization tool that lets you look at information in new ways. You can discover insights that you might not see in traditional two-dimensional (2-D) tables and charts.

Power Map data on a 3-D globe

With Power Map, you can plot geographic and temporal data on a 3-D globe, show it over time, and create visual tours you can share with other people. You’ll want to use Power Map to:

  • Map data    Plot more than a million rows of data visually on Bing maps in 3-D format from an Excel table or Data Model in Excel.
  • Discover insights    Gain new understandings by viewing your data in geographic space and seeing time-stamped data change over time.
  • Share stories    Capture screenshots and build cinematic, guided video tours you can share broadly, engaging audiences like never before. Or export tours to video and share them that way as well.

You’ll find the Map button in the Tours group on the Insert tab of the Excel ribbon, as shown in this picture.

Map button on the Insert tab

If you can’t find this button in your version of Excel, see I don't see the Power Map button in Excel.

 Note    If you previously installed a preview version of Power Map, you’ll temporarily have two Map buttons on the Insert tab: one in the Tours group and one in the Power Map group. Clicking the Map button in the Tours group enables the current version of Power Map and uninstalls any preview versions.

Create your first map

When you have Excel data that has geographic properties in table format or in a Data Model—for example, rows and columns that have names of cities, states, counties, zip codes, countries/regions, or longitudes and latitudes—you’re ready to get started. Here’s how:

  1. In Excel, open a workbook that has the table or Data Model data you want to explore in Power Map.

For information about using your own data, see Prepare your data for Power Map.

If you don’t have data to explore yet, try downloading one of our sample data workbooks.

  1. Click any cell in the table.
  2. Click Insert > Map. Clicking Map for the first time automatically enables Power Map.

Power Map uses Bing to geocode your data based on its geographic properties. After a few seconds, the globe will appear next to the first screen of the Layer Pane.

  1. In the Layer Pane, verify that fields are mapped correctly and click the drop-down arrow of any incorrectly mapped fields to match them to the right geographic properties.

For example, make sure that Zip Code is recognized as Zip in the drop-down box.

Zip Code maps to Zip

  1. When Power Map plots the data, dots appear on the globe.

Dots are shown on the globe

  1. Click Next to start aggregating and further visualizing your data on the map.

Explore sample datasets in Power Map

Our sample datasets are a great way to try out Power Map. Just download one of the following workbooks that already have the necessary geo-spatial entries you need to get started:

 Tip    To view data over time, download a workbook with time-stamped data, like Dallas Utilities Seasonal Electricity Consumption Simulation or Food Inspections in Seattle.

Next steps for working with your data in Power Map

 
 
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