When creating a map, Quattro Pro automatically selects the most appropriate map from those available, and then assigns colors or patterns to each region. Before you create a map, it is important to arrange the data from which a map will be created in a suitable format.

#### Example of setting up map data

Quattro Pro automatically fills in a map with the data you provide. For Quattro Pro to interpret data correctly, enter it on the spreadsheet in the following sequence:

If you include latitude and longitude decimal values to identify a location, enter them in the following order:

 • Column A contains region names or IDs. You can list country names in full, (for example, United Kingdom, France, Germany), or you can list standard abbreviations (for example GB, FR, DE).
 • Column B contains color data associated with each region name. Variations in this set of data display as different colors in the map. Color data can be either numbers or text.
 • Column C contains pattern data associated with each region name. Variations in this second set of data display as different patterns in the map. Pattern data can be either numbers or text.
 • Column D contains either (1) the pin location or (2) latitude.
 • Column E contains either (1) the pin label or (2) longitude.
 • Column F contains pin labels if you have entered latitude and longitude in Columns D and E.
 • Latitude is expressed as degrees, minutes, and seconds north or south of the equator.
 • Longitude is expressed as degrees, minutes, and seconds east or west of the prime meridian that runs through Greenwich, England.

For Quattro Pro to interpret latitude and longitude coordinates, you must convert them to decimals. The simplest way to convert coordinates to decimals is to use the @LLDEC function to create a new series. The resulting coordinates are preceded by a minus sign if they are south of the equator or west of the prime meridian. For example, the longitude coordinate 38×20’40″W converts to -38.334444. For more information about converting latitude and longitude values to decimals, see the Quattro Pro spreadsheet function @LLDEC in “Reference: Working with formulas and functions.”

Map data is easier to select when you arrange it in adjacent columns. If a notebook has blank columns or columns containing other data between the map data columns, you need to exclude those columns.