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07-26-2013, 11:22 AM
The balloon feature allows us to see data such as how many people are in a state. However, balloons for every state looks messy. Is there a way to show the same data without resorting to balloons? It would be nice to just have a text label on each state.

Eric Frost
07-26-2013, 08:08 PM

Welcome to the forums! I hope we can help!

Have you tried doing Name Only? This is an option in MapPoint 2013 to show a single line in the balloon (i.e. the Name field) as opposed to the full balloon (which at a minimum shows the Name in addition to the Notes field).

That said, if you want to do a Text object on each state, that is also possible with the Drawing toolbar, and this can also be automated with a macro.

Let me know what you think and how you would like to proceed.


07-29-2013, 12:27 PM
Thanks for the response. Yes, we've tried a single line balloon, but we'd really like to avoid using balloons altogether. You said this could be automated with a macro. What resource would be best to look into this? It would be nice to include both the membership count and a custom label such as "Mem. Count: 100" for each state.

Eric Frost
07-31-2013, 03:54 PM
See this "Tutorial 7" here --
Automating MapPoint with Excel VBA - Tutorial 7 (http://www.mp2kmag.com/update/mappoint.newsletter/2009-10-02/#features_sec)

If you need help, I could help modify this for your purposes in a quick online MapPoint training session, it would probably take less than an hour. Let me know what you think.


08-08-2013, 01:58 PM
Sorry for the late reply. I tried downloading the files associated with the the article, but I received a "File Not Found" error. Do you have a copy of the files? In any case, if you're still up for the training session, that would be great.

09-30-2013, 10:17 AM
another option is to create a column in the excel sheet, header territory, and to treat the data as territories. As an example I usually add a column "transport costs" and this will show in the state or zipcode or whatever you select it by.
You could add transportcosts (concatenate in Excel) to your data so it will show this as well.