Creating a map in Google Drive

Did you know you can easily create a map using your Google Drive spreadsheets tool?

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Simply create a Google Spreadsheet that contains some sort of geographic information, this image uses global CO2 emissions per 1000 people for the world's countries. In the Google Spreadsheet, highlight the cells you wish to use in your map. From the Insert menu select Chart, and from the Chart option, select Map. Then choose your map type and you can change the colours on the screen. I've made the background light blue and those countries with no value as a shade of grey. Be aware that Google does not let you choose the categories nor the number of categories. And there is no legend which is a bummer, but as a way to quickly convert data from tabular format to map format it is good!