My Great Maps – How TO

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Click on parts of the map to learn what it does. Click the “back” button in your browser to return to the top

Map User View
Map Functions
New map

Go back to main menu with map options


Make your atlas public and get your own web url. Make your map private and no one can access it but you.


These are final versions of your maps. When you click on a map from the “view” section, you can see your interactive blurbs in action.

My Maps

The contents of your atlas are listed here. Click the maps to view. You can add to saved maps from here.


Click here to choose maps from the main menu.


Make your own map key from here

Left Arrow

Undo operation. Please note the line tool and paint brush tool cannot be undone.

Right Arrow

Redo operation.


Print out map.


Save your map to the your atlas. Please note that once saved, things cannot be removed from maps.


Click here to make rollover regions. Enter the text you want to be displayed and press “ok.” Then, use the cross tool to make a region that when rolled over with a cursor, will display the text. Uncheck the “show notes” box to return to the map view. You can only use this function if you are logged in.

Map Tools
Pointer Arrow

This is the default tool.

Pencil Tool

This tool allows the user to type text in different fonts, colors, and sizes. The text can easily be edited, sized, and rotated.

Fill Tool

This tool allows the user to fill in a region, state, country etc. with the color of his or her choice.

Brush Tool 

This tool allows the user to draw lines of any color and thickness. A thickness of 2 is the most narrow and a thickness of 20 is the widest. Please note that a brush stroke cannot be undone. To remove a brush stroke, simply draw another brush stroke on top of it in the original color. This tool is best used to make rivers, lakes, highways, and other boundaries. You can also use it to make new regions within the map that can be filled in with color.

Line Tool

This tool allows the user to draw STRAIGHT lines of any color and thickness. A thickness of 2 is the most narrow and a thickness of 20 is the widest. Please note that a line stroke cannot be undone. To remove a line stroke, simply draw another line stroke on top of it in the original color.

Size Slider

Use this tool to adjust the thickness of the line and brush tools.

Fun Stamps

Use these stamps how ever you want! Now, you can insert any state or country flag into your map.

Mountain Tool 

Use this tool to populate your map with mountains. You can change the size and color.

Star Tool

Use this tool to place stars on your map (for capital cities for example). You can change size and color of stars.

City Tool

Use this tool to place cities or points of interest on your map. You can change size and color.

Interstate Tool 

Use this tool to place interstate badges on your map.


At the bottom of the screen you will see an option to “remove borders” on some of the maps (such as those for continents). If you click this option, you will lose all work you from the previous map as the “no borders” map is a whole new image. Use the “remove borders” map only if you are starting a new map.

How to?
How do I save maps?

Click on the disk icon at the top of the screen and follow instructions from there. Note, you can still save maps if you are not logged in, as the image will be saved to your computer rather than to your online atlas.

Can I edit maps after I navigate away from them?

Yes, but there are some conditions. When you save a map, navigate away from it and return it later, you can continue editing with two exceptions: 1.) You can no longer use the fill tool to fill in regions. 2.) You cannot modify the keyYou can do everything else. There are technical issues that necessitate the aforementioned conditions. Therefore, it is advised that you at least fill in all of the regions, states, or countries, and build your full key before navigating away from your map. By the way, as long as you don’t navigate away from the map you’re working on, you can still edit it fully without the conditions.

How do make my map interactive?

With mygreatmaps you can make your static maps interactive so that they communicate with the viewer. If you make them interactive, the viewer can scroll over parts of your maps and see captions in locations you select. For example, let’s say you want to make a map of the U.S.A. in which users can scroll over a state and learn its say bird, flower, and tree. First, you would click on the notes icon at the top of the page. Then, you would type the facts of your chosen state, such as Pennsylvania before clicking “o.k.” Finally, you would use your cross tool to make a rectangle where Pennsylvania is. In this way, when the user scrolls over the rectangle you made over Pennsylvania, the facts you typed will pop up. You can put as many interactive elements on a single map as you like. You can only use this function if you are logged in.

How do I embed my map in my website?

Open up any of the maps in your atlas and highlight and copy the code in the “embed” box. Paste it into your web page or blog in the location you want it.

How do I get my own atlas url (web address)?

Click on the settings and tab to see your url. If you have the “private” setting selected, your atlas will not be viewable using the url.

For Teachers
Teachers, you can use the map features just like students! See how to use the interface by clicking on the icons on the picture at the top of the page. Maps are great for printing out in black and white, or, for illustrating for lessons, blogs, or websites.
Signing up for an account
To sign up, simply click the “sign” up button on the home page and enter information. By signing up students, you will always have access to his or her atlas.
Signing up students
After you have signed up, click the “Add student” link at the top of the page. Continue in this manner until all of your students are signed up. Fields marked with asterisks are mandatory.
Editing student information
Click on “students” to see a chart for all your students. Click on their name to view their atlas, click on the X to delete them, and click on the pencil to edit their information.