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Windows 8.1 Essential Training
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Locating places with Maps


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Windows 8.1 Essential Training

with David Rivers

Video: Locating places with Maps

When you need to find a specific location maybe get directions to a place you can use the built in maps app here in Windows 8.1. We're going to look at it next. Let's find the tile here in our start screen it looks like a folded up map here on our tile. Let's give it a click. And by default you should be going to a specific location which is typically a map of the United States. Lets just begin with what you see on the screen. First of all, you'll notice at the bottom of the corner, this is Bing technology we are using and over on the right hand side as you move your mouse around these zoom in and zoom out buttons appear.
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  1. 1m 23s
    1. Welcome
      47s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 32m 40s
    1. Assessing your hardware and Windows 8.1 versions
      2m 43s
    2. Getting familiar with the user interface
      8m 11s
    3. Exploring the Windows 8.1 desktop
      6m 13s
    4. Using touch screens and gestures
      2m 8s
    5. Switching between apps with Switcher
      3m 50s
    6. Personalizing Windows 8.1
      7m 33s
    7. Creating tile groups
      2m 2s
  3. 43m 58s
    1. Using the ribbon in File Explorer
      10m 21s
    2. Organizing folders and files
      6m 22s
    3. Customizing folder behavior
      5m 28s
    4. Searching for files and file contents
      7m 22s
    5. Creating easy access to files and folders
      4m 56s
    6. Using SkyDrive
      4m 29s
    7. Copying files in a single window
      5m 0s
  4. 1h 11m
    1. Managing mail with the Mail app
      7m 46s
    2. Keeping dates with the Calendar app
      6m 59s
    3. Managing contacts in the People app
      9m 55s
    4. Communicating with contacts using Skype
      10m 13s
    5. Working with photos
      10m 58s
    6. Reading text with the Reader app
      4m 14s
    7. Managing music with the Music app
      8m 29s
    8. Locating places with Maps
      8m 29s
    9. Timing things with Alarms
      4m 19s
  5. 28m 18s
    1. Typing text with Sticky Notes, Notepad, and WordPad
      10m 30s
    2. Creating graphics with Paint
      10m 18s
    3. Performing calculations with the Calculator
      2m 55s
    4. Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool
      4m 35s
  6. 31m 17s
    1. Viewing your current system specs
      4m 4s
    2. Controlling sound device volume settings
      7m 36s
    3. Removing unwanted applications
      2m 55s
    4. Setting default programs
      5m 26s
    5. Setting accessibility options
      8m 45s
    6. Navigation settings for desktop lovers
      2m 31s
  7. 20m 34s
    1. Getting connected
      4m 1s
    2. Connecting PCs with HomeGroup
      6m 29s
    3. Connecting to another computer with Remote Desktop
      2m 44s
    4. Selecting sharing options for networks
      3m 54s
    5. Adding and removing devices
      3m 26s
  8. 40m 48s
    1. Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
      4m 26s
    2. Viewing and resolving security issues with Action Center
      3m 28s
    3. Battling malicious software with Windows Defender
      4m 52s
    4. Controlling user account access
      3m 53s
    5. Secure your account with passwords and PINs
      5m 51s
    6. Using Parental Controls
      10m 8s
    7. Encrypting a drive with BitLocker
      4m 22s
    8. Using Encrypting File System (EFS)
      3m 48s
  9. 12m 2s
    1. Printing files directly from Windows
      3m 27s
    2. Printing files to the XPS format
      4m 53s
    3. Accessing and changing printer options
      3m 42s
  10. 20m 43s
    1. Finding issues in the Troubleshooting control panel
      4m 10s
    2. Fixing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
      4m 40s
    3. Backing up with File History
      5m 57s
    4. Reversing a fatal crash with System Restore
      3m 21s
    5. Reseting your Windows 8.1 installation
      2m 35s
  11. 40s
    1. Next steps
      40s

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Windows 8.1 Essential Training
5h 3m Appropriate for all Oct 17, 2013

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Windows 8 was a new direction for Microsoft, offering mobile integration, cloud storage, and security enhancements. But some people were unhappy with its design. Windows 8.1 answers these complaints and takes Windows a step further. In this course, David Rivers shows you all its essential features. Take a tour of the interface, review the new file and folder behaviors, and meet the most useful apps, including Calendar, Photos, Maps, and Music. David also shows how to adjust system settings like default programs and volume, work with external devices, and set up networks. The final chapters show you how to keep your computer even more secure with Access Control and Windows Defender, and how to troubleshoot potential issues, like reversing fatal crashes.

Topics include:
  • Using touch screens and gestures
  • Organizing files and folders
  • Managing your inbox with the Mail app
  • Working with photos
  • Managing contacts in the People app
  • Controlling system sounds, volume, and accessibility options
  • Getting connected to other PCs and devices
  • Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
  • Using parental controls to block unwanted content
  • Printing from Windows 8
  • Fixing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
  • Keeping file backups with File History
Subjects:
Business Operating Systems Productivity Home + Small Office
Software:
Windows
Author:
David Rivers

Locating places with Maps

When you need to find a specific location maybe get directions to a place you can use the built in maps app here in Windows 8.1. We're going to look at it next. Let's find the tile here in our start screen it looks like a folded up map here on our tile. Let's give it a click. And by default you should be going to a specific location which is typically a map of the United States. Lets just begin with what you see on the screen. First of all, you'll notice at the bottom of the corner, this is Bing technology we are using and over on the right hand side as you move your mouse around these zoom in and zoom out buttons appear.

So you can zoom in. You can move the map around by clicking and dragging it. You can zoom out. You can also use keyboard shortcuts, Ctrl and the minus sign to zoom out, Ctrl and the plus sign to zoom in. And if you have a wheel mouse, pull the wheel back towards you to zoom in, and push it back out to zoom out. Those are just some of the options for locating areas on a map. But if you want to be more specific there are a number of different options that we have at our disposal when we right click. Let's do that.

Right-click and as you can see we have a tile for this map, which we can go back to at any time, but we can also store favorites. So at any time when you find a location you can pinpoint it and make a favorite out of it or you can go to favorites here to access them. Right now there's nothing in here except one called, Add home. Eventually, after you've added your home location, it'll just simply say, home, so you can always view your home map. So let's click at home, and here's a little trick. If you want to locate your home on the map, why not use a postal code or a ZIP code? For me in Canada It's a postal code.

And I can always have that showing on the map. So, click the arrow to search for that location. Takes me right to it. You can see there's actually two locations here. One and two. They're listed over here on the left, both as part of Ottawa, and I go to one here. Give it a click, and you'll notice some icons appear. There is one for directions, there's one for finding places nearby, and there's the favorites button. You can see the star with the plus sign in front of it means I can add this to my favorite, and it becomes my home.

So, let's just right click now, clear the map. And, you'll see a home icon at your home location. So, that means as we zoom in, zoom out, look at different areas of the country, maybe a separate country all together. We can always get back to our home map by right clicking, going to favorites and clicking our home tile. Just like that. What if we want to pinpoint something else? Mooney's Bay's a nice beach in this area. We can right-click, go down to the bottom and you'll see Add a pin.

For this you click and drag the pin, and the point is going to point to exactly what you want. In this case, I'm pointing to Mooney's Bay and when I release, it stays there. Now I can click it and see those icons forgetting directions. Finding businesses and restaurants and so on that might be nearby or there it is, adding it to a favorite. I can even delete the pin if I wanted to, but let's go to adding a favorite. It automatically gets added to your favortites. So if we right-click, go to favorites, there should be something else there.

And you can see it's actually an address. I don't need ti to be that specific. So I can right click this favorite and edit it. From here, I'm going to change it from an address by triple-clicking in here. Or you can click and drag the whole thing and just take out what you don't want. And I'm going to type Money's Bay like so. So, I can just click below. That's locked in now. And if I want, click the back button for favorites. Let's change to Mooney's Bay.

You can see it up there. And going forward, I'll always be able to go to the Mooney's Bay map. Of course, there's a lot more we can do with the map's app, so let's right click. And change the style. Right now as you can see when you zoom in, you're looking at roads, highways, main arteries. If we go to map style, you can see road view is selected. We could do an aerial view though if you prefer to see a satellite view. This allows you to see the roads, but also the terrain. The more you zoom in the more labels your gong to see as well.

Let's right click the map style one more time. This time to show traffic. I like this. Show traffic is going to color code areas where you'll see good traffic flow for the current time. And you might see some yellow areas where it's slowing down. Anything in red is not good. So everything seems to be pretty good until we get into the downtown area of Ottawa. You can see some warning signs here that you can click. And you can see serious delays. You can see the time and estimated end-times, et cetera.

Very useful information if you're going to be traveling. Bring up this map to get an idea how long it's going to take you and the routes you might want to avoid. Let's right-click one more time and switch it back to the road view, which is the easiest one to look at. There we go. And we can turn the traffic off by right-clicking and going back to map style and deselecting show traffic. Very nice. So now we see our pin, we see our home. Let's go to our settings for a second here. Use Windows+i, the keyboard shortcut, and you'll notice options here under settings for your maps.

You can change your region at any time. I've already changed mine to Canada. By default you're probably looking at United States. You can also let the maps app keep track of your search history. So, you can always go back to it. And if you don't need it, clear it at any time. I'm going to leave this turned on. I've already changed my temperatures to Celsius and my distances to kilometers. Bird's eye view for the area map style when available is turned on. The zoom controls are not always on the map. You have to move your mouse to see them. Otherwise, they disappear.

If you always want to be able to see them, turn that on. I'm going to leave that off, and you see, update my location automatically. We can clear any changes to our map if we want to, but I think we're good to go. You can hit the Back button to go back to your settings if you wanted to or simply click anywhere off into the map. Let's get some directions now. If we right click, you'll notice down below we can get directions. So if I click directions, I can choose where I'm going from and to.

And notice one of the options is from home. I'm going to click home as my from location. Where am I going to go to? We can type in very specific addresses here, we can be generic, I'm going to go to a different postal code. Notice we have options by car, bus, or walking, car is the default all we have to do is click the arrow now to get our directions. So it's going to either zoom in or zoom out on your map, and draw a nice little color coded line. With directions showing up on the left hand side.

If this is a route you bring up on a regular basis, add it to your favorites. Now we can zoom in on any specific area, you can see there are several points along the way by clicking them over here. Okay what's this area? We zoom right in, scroll down, what's this area. Now I see where I'm supposed to go. So we have all of our directions here, and we now have it saved as favorite which means we can right click, go to favorites bring that up at any time. And if we wanted to, we could edit that as well, don't forget.

We want to be more specific, go to favorites. Right-click that and go to edit to change things like the name. It's not Home to auto unnecessarily. I'm going to type in where it's really going, this is, (UNKNOWN) area. I can add notes to this as well. Lets click the back button from our favorites and we are back to our map and at any time, we can right click. Clear the map if we wanted to, if this is a location or a view that you want to save, we have favorites but we can also right click and pin this to the start screen.

That means we can go directly to it, when we click pins to start that's the address that's going to be pinned. Let's try it, press our windows key to return back to the start screen, and you'll find a map tile with a specific address. Give it a click and you're directly going to that location. Press the Windows key to come out and that's a quick look at the maps app built into Windows 8.1.

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