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Gone are the days of folding out an enormous map. If you have an active Internet connection on your computer, you can get directions and print them out for any contact that has an address in there, using Outlook and Bing Maps which is actually built right into Outlook. So I'm in the People hub right now and it's actually important to note that this is the only view that this will not work in. Remember, if you double-click on a contact from People view, it's going to open up that very pretty but simplified view of your contacts. So I'm going to go into Business Card view.
Now if I double-click on the same contact, here's where I get that robust editor. Next to the address, there's a button that says Map It. I'm going to click on that and it's going to pop up Bing Maps. From here I can click on Directions, put in any start address and now I've got my driving directions for that contact. The really neat thing about Bing Maps being built into Outlook is that it works for email too. I'm going to go back to my inbox. Here's an email that had an address in it, remember my coffee meeting.
If you still want to meet at our morning coffee group, just show up and here is the address. Outlook is smart enough to recognize that there's an address in this email. So I can click on Bing Maps up here and it's going to tell me that it thinks I found an address, here it is. From here, I can click GET DIRECTIONS and it's going to pop up the same dialog where I can put in my driving directions and go to that site. So that's how you get directions using contacts and any email that has an address in it, you can also get driving directions using Bing Maps.
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