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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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