There are lots of bundled applications in Windows 10. This movie will introduce the maps application, which you can use to search for specific locations and see them on a map. You can also get turn-by-turn directions. We'll also look at location services, which allow you to control when an application is allowed to access your location information.
- [Voiceover] There are lots of small essential applications that come bundled in Windows 10. It's good to learn how some of these apps work specifically, but also going through a few of these apps will help you get familiar with how the bundled apps work in Windows in general. In this movie, we'll talk about the Maps application that comes with Windows 10. Before we use the Maps though, there are some setting that we should get familiar with, and it might be a good idea for you to check out these settings even before you launch the Maps app for the first time. So I'm gonna go into Settings, to the section on Privacy, then to Location.
It's important to know that most computers can identify their own physical location from the networks that they connect to. As you might imagine, this is essential for lots of applications, especially Maps, but it could also be a privacy concern. You may not want certain applications to have access to your physical location. We'll talk more about permissions that are granted to individual applications later in the course, but we can see part of that here. If you don't want your computer to be able to access your location data at all, you can turn that off.
If there are multiple user accounts on your computer, and if you are the administrator, then you should see this option, which will let you disable location for all users on your computer. Then there's this switch for locations services. This will turn off location for only your user account. If you turn this off, then no application on your computer will be able to use your location information when you're signed into this user account. Next, I wanna scroll down a bit and take a look at this option for default location.
You might wanna set this as your home or work address. The Maps application will use this default location as your default starting point for directions, or it can center the map to that location if the computer is unable to identify you're actual physical location. So, if you wanna set this or change it, you can hit this button here. It'll actually launch the Maps application, and you can see it takes me to my current default location, which is my office in California. I could do a search, find another location, and set that.
Now if you don't know how to do a search in Maps, just hang on, we're gonna talk about that in just a moment. For now, I just wanna close this. I wanted you to see that you can change your default location. Next, I wanna scroll down a bit to this section here. There are settings for allowing individual applications to have permission to use your location data. Sometimes when you launch an application for the first time, it will ask you to enable location services, which will flip that switch here. You can turn this on or off for any of these apps. I just wanna make sure that it is turned on for maps, and it is.
And like I said, we'll talk more about app permissions later, but now we can dive in and start using the Maps app. So I'll close Settings, go to the Start menu, scroll through, find Maps, and I'll click on that. And I'm gonna stay in full screen here. It's gonna be a little bit easier to see. Up in the top left, we have a search bar, which we'll be using. And on the far right, there is a toolbar, with a bunch of tools that will come in handy. Now when you first start using the Maps application, one of the first things you'll probably do is locate your current location, and you can do that by hitting this button right here in the toolbar.
So now it will move and center the maps here on my current location. So I can put my mouse cursor on the map, click and hold the mouse button down, and I can drag to move this around. So I could move to a different part of the city if I wanted to. Then I can start using some of these tools over in the toolbar. Using the plus and minus buttons here, I can zoom in or zoom out on a specific location. There's a button up here at the top to rotate, so if I click and hold down and then drag left or right, I can rotate the map.
Then there's a 3D tilt view. If I click on that, now the map is tilted, and I can still rotate even when it's tilted like that. And you can start to see some locations on the map have these 3D objects that you can see when you're in this tilted view. And this is gonna really come to life if we switch to a different map view, which is gonna be this button right here. If I click on that, I'm currently on the road view, which is pretty standard. But if I switch over to aerial, it'll show me a combination of satellite photos and aerial photos to give me a more realistic view of this location.
And from here, it might be really nice to zoom in and then use the rotate tool, because this is a very interesting part of the city where it's combined 3D objects with aerial photography to give me a really clear view of the city. So of course I can look around at whatever location I'm currently on, but you'll probably wanna find a specific location by doing a search. So to do that, let me first reset a bit here. I'm gonna turn off the tilted view, and I'm gonna switch back to the road view.
And let's do a search. For that, of course, I'm gonna go to the search field up in the top left. And I'll start by searching for a specific address. I'll search for 221B Baker Street in London, I'll hit the enter key, and in a moment, it will find that location and recenter the maps to that spot. Now this may look a little strange because my map is still rotated, but if I click on the rotation button, it spins around so north is up, south is down, and this looks a little bit more normal. So I can see some information about that location over here on the left side where that search bar was.
And this could be pretty interesting information, but if you wanna get this gone, you can just hit this button right here to minimize that panel, and now we can see more of the map. And of course, I can use the same controls. I can move the map around. I can zoom in or out. And since this is an actual street location, I might want to really zoom in here so that I can see that specific spot. Now I also want you to notice when you do a search, it opens up a tab, which I can see up here at the top. And this is similar to tabs that you might use in a web browser, like Edge.
I have one tab currently centered at 221B Baker Street in London, and since I hid that information panel a moment ago, I have the search bar visible here. So I can do another search. This time, instead of searching for a specific address, I can just search for an interesting landmark. So let me search for the Statue of Liberty. I'll hit enter, and we can see it starts that search, but it also creates a new tab. It moved the tab for 221B Baker Street over a little bit, and it created a new tab for this new location.
So now, I can jump back and forth between these two tabs just by clicking between them, and I can have multiple locations open on the map at the same time. Now of course, if I'm done with one of these tabs, I can just hit the little X on that tab, and it will close it. So of course, we can find specific locations, either by searching for an address or just the name of a location, and I can use all of the same tools that we saw a minute ago to zoom in, change the angle, turn the map around, switch to the terrain view, and all that. But finally, you might wanna get some specific directions from one location to another, and there are two ways to do that.
I could start by searching for a location. So, since I'm currently in Europe, I need to choose a destination in Europe if I wanna do driving directions. So I'm gonna hide this information panel here, just by hitting this button. That'll get me back to the search bar. Let me just search for Paris. It assumes I'm looking for Paris, France. It finds that location, and it centers my map there. And in this information panel that pops up when you perform a search, there's a button for directions. So, I can click on that, and now it's asking me to fill in this from field.
What is my starting point for these directions? I could choose my current location, or I could choose from any of my recent searches. So I'm just gonna stick with my location. I do not have to provide the destination, because it's gonna use the location that I just searched for, and now it will give me driving directions between these two locations. And in this case, it actually gives me several options. I can just point at these options to take a look at these different routes. And you can see, as I point at each one, it highlights the specific route there on the map, and once I find one that I think will work for me, I can click on it, I can see the individual turn by turn, or I could hit Go right here.
Or before I do that, let me hit the back arrow right here. I could hit the Go button right next to each route here on this list. If you hit Go, it will actually take you into an interface where it will give you turn by turn driving directions. So, if you're using a tablet or a mobile phone running Windows, you can actually keep that in the car as you drive and see your turn by turn as you go. But I don't wanna do that for now. I'm just gonna hit the back button up here on the top left. And let's talk about the other way of doing driving directions. I'm just going to sort of reset here by closing all of the tabs that I currently have open.
And again, we have this search field up near the top left. But to take a closer look here, we've got two buttons above it. We can actually toggle between a single destination search, or driving directions. So if I click on driving directions, now I've got a field asking me what my original start point will be, so let's say I'm gonna start with my location. Then it jumps down to another field for the destination. And I can choose from one of my recent searches, or I could just type in something else completely, let's say I'm looking for Barcelona.
Yes, this is the one I'm looking for. It gives me some suggestions, and I do want Barcelona, Spain. I'll click on that. And now I've set a starting point and a destination. It'll take a moment, and then it will give me those driving directions. So that's just another way of getting to those directions. And really, that's the core of working with Maps. Most bundled apps in Windows 10 also have settings that you can adjust. In Maps, we can get to them by going to this menu all the way up near the top right. It may be a little hard to see. It's a button with three dots on it.
When I click on that, it opens a menu. Then I can go into Settings. Now these settings are really not that complicated, but there may be some useful options here for you, so you might wanna take a look. In fact, in any app that you use, it might be a good idea to just take a quick look at the settings. So that should get you started using Maps, and also setting your preferences for location services.
Stay tuned! We'll be adding more movies to this course soon.
- Running Windows 10 for the first time
- Launching applications
- Interacting with windows, menus, and ribbons
- Multitasking to switch between multiple applications
- Switching to tablet mode
- Browsing and managing files and folders with the File Explorer
- Using Cortana to search
- Browsing the web with Edge
- Working with email, contacts, and calendars
- Using and installing apps
- Managing display and account settings
- Backing up Windows 10
- Troubleshooting Windows 10
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 05/02/2017. What changed?
A: A new video was added that helps you confirm which version of Windows 10 you’re running, to ensure that you’re choosing the right training course.