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  • Hi,

    I need some advice and insight for producing a map template using the following spreadsheet data (see below).

    My goal is to produce a shaded map with five distinct districts made up of several circuits each. This works just fine. I'm able to create a territory with the designated areas, modify the legends, create the title, remove the roads, etc.

    However, for some reason a few county names don't show, but in some cases I can resize the map to make the county names appear. I'd like to add a few named cities where the IL Appellate Courts hear cases, i.e. Chicago, Elgin, Ottawa, Springfield, and Mt. Vernon.  I have a city column in my spreadsheet file with just those cities, but none appear on the map.

    When I print the map the county names for some counties and the first legend (approx. 75 char) disappear on the printed copy, sometimes also on the re-sized view. I'd also like to see the map take up more of the printed page. I've tried resizing the template file, printing 'Current map view" "extend view to fit page","portrait", "exclude map legend". Still can't get everything.

    I must be doing something wrong. Any advice is much appreciated.


    Walt N

    State     Zip           County             City                              District       Circuit

    IL 17199 Williamson   5 1
    IL 17033 Crawford   5


    Monday, January 28, 2013 5:31 PM

All replies

  • >>  in some cases I can resize the map to make the county names appear <<

    Have you tried playing with the Map Settings pane? Open this up and set the County Names to have More detail. Using the Map Settings pane was covered as a TIP in our last newsletter --



    >> I'd like to add a few named cities <<

    You could import these as Pushpins and show Name or manually just place Labels (from the Drawing Toolbar) onto the map.

    >> I must be doing something wrong. <<

    Nah, you just don't have complete control over the Map Layout like you would with professional publishing or  high end mapping software like MapInfo Pro (a couple grand). 

    One trick people use with MapPoint is to print to a large PDF file, you can then print the PDF file to a smaller printer. PrimoPDF is free and it's what I used to make this 3 by 3 feet PDF of the default U.S. map. http://www.mapforums.com/print-large-multiple-sheet-maps-any-printer-27603.html

    Hope this helps!



    • Proposed as answer by MapForums_com Wednesday, January 30, 2013 9:15 PM
    Tuesday, January 29, 2013 3:18 PM
  • Oh -- I just wanted to add, the Map Settings pane was added with the MapPoint 2010 version, so if anyone else reading this is using an earlier version of MapPoint and can't find the Map Settings pane, that's the reason.



    Tuesday, January 29, 2013 3:29 PM