You've probably used one or more websites in order to browse a map or perhaps get directions, but now, you can perform many of those tasks with the Maps application that is included in Windows 8. Let's take a look at how we can use the Maps application to locate particular locations. We'll get started by clicking on the Maps tile on the Start screen, and that of course, will bring up the Maps application. And since this is the first time I'm using Maps on this computer in Windows 8, I'm asked if I would like to allow Maps to use my current location.
I'll go ahead and click the Allow button. And you can also see that in my case, I have a message at the top indicating that I'm using the United States view of the map as it were, but I'm in a different location at the moment. And would I like to change the region, I'll go ahead and click, No, Thanks. And now, I can navigate among the map. You'll notice over on the right side, I have plus and minus buttons that allow me to zoom in or out on the map. And then of course, I can simply click and drag to maneuver around the map.
You'll notice there's a diamond that indicates my current location on the map in Austria, as it turns out. But I can also navigate among various other locations on the map. As I zoom in, you'll see that I'm able to get more and more detail for the various areas of the map that I navigate around, but I also have additional options of course. I'll go ahead and either right-click or swipe up from the bottom of the display, and you'll see that I have some choices available on the Application Options bar. I can add a pin to the map if I'd like and I can also show traffic.
I can adjust the Map Style, I can view my current location. I can get directions and I can find something on the map as well. Let's go ahead and find a location on the map. I'll click the Find button and I'm going to type a search here. I'm currently in Graz, Austria and I'd like to go to Vienna. So I'll type Vienna, Austria into the Search Field, and then, apply that search and the map takes me to that location. I can then specify that I would like directions to that location, and then I can enter a current location.
I'll just go ahead and type Graz into the box here, and then I'll press Enter. And you'll see that the Maps application is asking for clarification. I'll just use the generic Graz location, so that I can go from city to city. And you can see that I now have the course plotted on the map, and I can click in order to view the directions to that location. It's a total of about 120 miles and should take me about 2 hours to drive. I'll go ahead and take a look at a different area of the map.
I'll go back to the Find option here, and let's go to New York, New York for example, and then I'll go ahead and zoom in on the map. Of course, I could look for something more particular, but for the moment, I'll just navigate around the map manually and take a look at some of the other options. I'll change the Map Style for example, and you'll see that I have the option for Road view or Aerial view. That Aerial view provides a Satellite view of the area of the map that I'm looking at complete with an overlay that includes all of the roads. And so, this makes it very helpful if I'm looking for a particular, a particular object for example.
Bringing up those options, once again, I can also choose to Show Traffic, and this will provide me with an indication of where there's heavy traffic indicated by red lines, where there's very light traffic indicated by green lines, and where there's moderate traffic which is shown in orange. I'll go ahead and zoom out, and you can see that we get a much better sense of the overall traffic in the area. I'll go ahead and zoom in on the map. Keep in mind by the way, that in addition to using the plus and minus buttons here, I can use gestures, dragging with two fingers inward or outward, pinching as it were, in order to zoom in or out. I'll go ahead and navigate across the map just a little bit further. And I'll zoom in a little bit as well and you'll see that I'm able to find the Empire State building very, very easily.
Once I zoom in far enough that I get a three-dimensional view, then I'll right-click and I'm going to add a pin. I'll just click on that pin and then drag onto the map itself. And we'll place the pin right at the Empire State Building. And now, zooming out again on that map, you'll see that my pin is placed exactly where I left it, so I can always get back to that location on the map if I'd like. I'll go ahead and turn off the traffic and I'm also going to switch that Map Style back to Road view. In most cases, I find that that Road view is a lot less cluttered, makes it many cases, a lot easier to find particular locations using the Satellite view or zooming in closer on that 3D view, so that I can confirm particular details of the location. And finally, I can adjust some settings for the Maps application. I'll go ahead and press Windows+I for example, to bring up the Settings panel. And then, I'll go to the Options section, and you can see I can specify the region that I want to use for the Maps application.
I can also choose whether or not I want to store search history so I can go back to previously searched locations. There's also a button, so I can clear that Search history. I can show distance in kilometers or miles. And I can also choose whether I want that Angle view, the three-dimensional view to be displayed when it's available and I zoom in close enough on Map. And if I'd like, I can also choose to always show the zoom controls on the map. I'll go ahead and turn that option On for example, and that way, the plus and minus buttons there will always be available. So, a variety of different options that make it easy to locate particular locations and even get directions.
But for now, I'll just navigate to my current location in Graz in Austria and zoom in and explore some of the local sites to see where I might like to visit next.
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