New API key

It turns out that our old API key was not using the newer system that Google prefers. So they disabled it – thanks a lot! Well we have a new API key, so if your old embedded map stops working then please accept our apologies and use the new key, by re-generating your map on the homepage. This will give you the new key to use.

We really wish Google would give us some advanced notice of this in future, it’s frustrating to come onto the website and see the map isn’t working – it’s the whole point of the website after all!

Anyway that bug is now fixed, thanks to those who reported it. If you find any more please contact us.

Has Google Maps and Street View Proved that Aliens Exist?

In the 12 years that Google Maps has been available, many strange things have been noted. Some of these things have been adequately explained while others have remained a mystery. However, could the sheer number of findings that haven’t yet been given a rational explanation possible be something to do with beings from another world?

Many people believe that aliens are real, and a large proportion of believers also think that aliens have already made contact with out planet. The following things which can be seen on Google Maps and Google Street View are some of the things that have yet to be explained by the more sceptical people out there. Are they natural phenomena, technical glitches or proof that aliens exist? You decide…

This strange floating island known as ‘El Ojo de Otamendi’ in Argentina is a perfectly circular-shaped piece of land that floats in a body of water and is even known to rotate on an axis, just like Earth does. While it certainly is amazing to look at – even on Google Maps – it’s the shape that has got people thinking that this is something from another world. Some people believe that this is the entrance to an alien base, as the circle is large enough to allow a 100 metre UFO through.

This image was captured by a satellite and is currently on Google Maps in Arizona, USA. People believe that this could be a crashed flying saucer, and the fact that it happens to be in a restricted area only makes people even more curious about it. While there has been no official explanation as to what it could be, some people think it could simply be a yurt hut.

This mysterious shape which appeared in a field in Australia has sparked many questions. Depicted as a large triangle with bright lights evenly placed around it, this peculiar object is considered by many to be definitive proof that aliens are among us. First discovered over 10 years ago, this image has baffled UFO enthusiasts. The official explanation is that this could be a remote-controlled wind farm, but what do you think?

It’s not just the habitable continents that have had UFO sightings via Google Maps. This picture was taken above Antarctica and is believed to be a crash site for an alien craft of some description. There certainly is some sort of unexplained dent in the snow here, but what could have caused it? Could it be something extra-terrestrial, or just a natural phenomena that occurs in this kind of climate?

For such a sparsely populated place, Antarctica has had more than its fair share of UFIO sightings on Google maps. Perhaps the fact that there are very few people there makes it a place for aliens to visit. One thing for sure is that the south pole definitely appears to be a hive of extra-terrestrial activity. The circle in the above picture is widely believed to be a flying saucer, and as yet there has been no logical explanation for what is shown in the image.

How to Add Google Maps to PowerPoint

In this tutorial you will learn about adding Google Maps to PowerPoint. Adding a Google Map to PowerPoint gives your presentation a polished, professional finish. More importantly, because the map is live and interactive, you can take your audience on a journey without ever leaving PowerPoint. Whether you are adding the final touches to a company presentation or demonstrating the route of a cycle race, an interactive Google Map allows you to point out the precise area or region you need.

PowerPoint doesn’t offer the ability to embed web pages. To add a Google Map to PowerPoint, you need to use an add-in that provides embed functionality. We use the LiveSlides add-In for PowerPoint.

Google Maps offers a very rich environment – far, far more than a simple static map. The end result of this tutorial is a functional Google Map embedded in a PowerPoint slide. The embedded browser gives you the same functionality as you have on the Google Maps site. No coding or advanced technical expertise are required.


How to add Google Maps to PowerPoint 1

Installing LiveSlides PowerPoint add-in 1

Creating a map on Google Maps 2

Embedding the Google Map in PowerPoint 3

Enjoy Google Maps in your presentations 5

How to add Google Maps to PowerPoint

Adding Google Maps to PowerPoint involves three steps:

  1. Install the LiveSlides add-in for PowerPoint.
  2. Create a map on Google Maps.
  3. Embed the map in PowerPoint.

Installing LiveSlides PowerPoint add-in

PowerPoint does not support live web pages. You need to install an add-in to add this functionality. We use the LiveSlides PowerPoint add-in that is free and simple to use. It allows you to embed any web page in a PowerPoint slide.

To install the LiveSlides add-in:

  1. Close PowerPoint, if it is open.
  2. Go the LiveSlides and download the add-in.

  3. Double-click the downloaded file (liveslides.exe) to launch the installer.
  4. Click Install.

  5. Click Finish when the wizard is done.
  6. Open PowerPoint and note the new LiveSlides tab on the ribbon.

Creating a map on Google Maps

The next step is to create a map on Google Maps.

  1. Open Google Maps at (or your country equivalent).
  2. Find the location you want.

  3. Copy the URL of the Google Map.

  4. Paste the URL to Notepad or similar application for now. We will use it in the next section.

Embedding the Google Map in PowerPoint

The final step is to embed the Google Map in PowerPoint.

  1. Open PowerPoint.
  2. Go to the LiveSlides tab and click Live slide.

  3. Use Ctrl+V to paste the URL you copied from Google Maps into the dialog.

  4. Click Insert.
  5. In normal view the slide will look like this.

  6. Switch to reading view <reading-view-icon.png> to view the live Google Map.

You may have to switch from Lite mode to full Google Maps for all features to be available. Click the lightning icon < lightning-icon.png> to switch modes
  1. You can now enjoy the full functionality of Google Maps directly in your presentation.
    • Search.
    • Zoom and pan.
    • Switch to satellite view.
    • Get directions.

    • Use Street view.

    • Much more.

Enjoy Google Maps in your presentations

We hope you have enjoyed this tutorial on adding Google Maps to PowerPoint. May your next presentation delight your audience with a fully functional Google Map.