Data applied to Map Chart - Australia wrong shape and size

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Hi all,


I'm plotting my data on the map chart to show global spread however Australia is showing up tiny on the map (far smaller than New Zealand - see below) - does anyone have a solution? otherwise I will have to use a different application.






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Hi @davidstudent,
I did quite a bit of digging. I successfully replicated your "what seems to be a bug" and got same results, no matter the values or number of locations included. I also looked on other forums - it turns out that this problem is a thing. Microsoft doesn't seem to have worked it out yet (if they even investigated it in the first place). I would advise You to look for a different software for this scenario.

Thanks a lot for your assistance @Maciej_Kopczynski 

Wish they would fix it :( was so simple to create



I have just experienced the same issue.  The area showing for Australia is actually the state of Tasmania (part of Australia)  
I don't have a solution, just a little further explanation of what's happening


Same question as when I answered you on the Answers forum!


Can you include a screenshot of your data table and describe exactly how you built the map? And what Excel version are you on?




I highlighted the data, clicked on Insert -> Maps -> Filled Maps

@JeffIvey9 Works OK on my machine. I'm on 2403 (Insider / Beta) though. See attached.




Thanks for your help @Riny_van_Eekelen  

I tried to add another map to your file and it didn't work for me.  Presume as I am not on Insider/Beta 

@JeffIvey9 Indeed you are not Insider/Beta but I'm surprised that Australia is not on your Current Channel version. Can't really tell why. I'd suggest you send feedback to MS.


It looks like it shows Tasmania only on Current channel


In my case (2403 Beta Channel) the problem also occurs.


Something strange. Previous Friday in my case it worked only on Beta. Today repeated from the scratch - works on both






@SergeiBaklan I tried again from new this morning, but same result, no Australia


I have no idea why so. Map Charts processes data on Microsoft cloud, something wrong on their servers and/or with local cache. I'd try on another PC, if you have access to it, with fresh file.

@SergeiBaklan Thanks for the suggestion.  I tried on another machine, but the same result.

@JeffIvey9 I found the application Tableau a lot better to work with for mapping my data. You do need to either have academic access or pay for it though...

Hi... I have the same issue reported here and I may have found an error source. The excel geography data for Australia is missing two subregions: 1) Ashmore and Cartier Islands and 2) Australian Antarctic Territory. If I try to map Australia, I only get Tasmania and some of the islands. If I enter all 16 states and territories in individual cells manually, excel maps all of Australia correctly.

@JuanTroubleshooting would be grateful if you could please post the territories names that worked for you, as Excel likes to have them? 



I'm down to 3 regions not recognized...


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New South Wales
Western Australia
South Australia
Australian Capital Territory
Northern Territory
Jervis Bay Territory
Norfolk Island
Christmas Island
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Australian Antarctic Territory
Coral Sea Islands Territory
Ashmore and Cartier Islands
Heard Island and McDonald Islands