6 Maps App Tips Every Windows User Should Know

Xiaobai Software  2022-06-26 16: 44  read 77 views

Microsoft's Maps app is full of useful information.You can use it to find a route between two locations, search for businesses in a specific area, or even do some virtual exploration of far-flung places.

The Maps app in Windows uses Bing Maps, but includes some tools that you can't use in the browser version of the Maps service.Here are our favorite tips and tricks for using the Maps app on Windows 10 and 11.

 

1. Download offline maps

Almost all Maps app features require an internet connection to work.So what happens if you travel to a new place and aren't sure if you have a reliable internet connection?You are stuck.Unless, of course, you're using offline maps.

All the best known map services, including those from Google and Apple, allow you to save maps for offline use.And Microsoft's Maps app is no exception.You can download maps for any country and region in the world, and once downloaded, almost all major map functions are available.Even without an internet connection.

1. To download maps for offline use, open the Maps application on your Windows computer.

2. Click the "See More" button, then click Settings.This will open the Offline Maps section in the main settings.

3. Tap to select a map, and then tap to download a map.Using the options, find the map of the country or region you want to download.

4. Map size varies widely, depending on the size of the area covered, and the amount of information it contains.

 

Not every feature is available in offline maps, and some available features will be limited.But important tools like search, route planning and local information are available.

2. Add your favorite or most frequented places

Save places as favorites in Maps to make navigation and route planning easier.For example, if you save your home address, you can quickly add it to the destination or origin fields.It also allows you to click on a place in the "Favorites" list to see that place immediately without having to search for it or manually scroll the map.

 

1. To add a place to your favorites, tap the "Saved Places" button at the top right of the Maps app.

2. In the Saved Places pane, click one of the preset favorites or click to add a place.

3. You can search for an address, a town/city, or even a business.Or you can tap to select a place and manually move the map until the circle appears on the place.

4. When a place is added to favorites, simply select it in the "Saved Places" pane and the map focus will move to it.

3. Create an atlas

In addition to "Saved Places," the Microsoft Maps app also allows you to create map collections.These are a way to group places of interest together.For example, you can add several restaurants you want to try in the cities you plan to visit.When you arrive, all the information you need is in one easy-to-find place.You can even create a collection and share it with others so they can have it on their computer too.

1. To add a new collection, click the "Saved Places" button to open the pane.Then click Favorites.

2. Give your collectible a name, such as "Attractions to Go" and an optional description.

3. Tap Save and return to the map.Now you can start looking for things to add to your collection.

4. To add a location to a collection, right-click the location and select Save > [collection name].

 

4. Draw and write on the map

The Maps application has a set of drawing tools.These tools allow you to create markers on the map.For example, you can highlight a street or circle a specific area to make it easier to find it later.Markers you make on the map persist even after the Maps app is closed.The next time you open it, the marker will still be there.

 

You can find the Drawing Tools buttons in the Windows Ink toolbar at the top right of the Maps app.Clicking the pen button in the tool opens a new panel where you can change the color and thickness of the lines you draw.

You can also quickly hide everything you draw on the map by opening the map view panel and disabling Windows Ink.

5. Draw the route on the map

In addition to the pen tool in the Maps app, there is also a tool for drawing routes.Yes, that's right, you can draw a route on the map and the app will give you directions for that route.The app will correct the line you draw so that it fits the road.This means you can draw a straight line between two locations and let the app find the best route.

 

1. Open the drawing tools by clicking the Windows Ink toolbar button at the top right of the Maps app.

2. Select the direction tool and draw the route you want.You can also just draw a straight line between the two places.

3. The app will design a route based on the line you draw.If there is more than one potential route, all routes will be displayed.

4. You can then tap the route you want to see directions, or tap the "Go" button to open Guided Navigation.

6. Pin the map location to the start menu

If you find an interesting location on the map, you can save it for later viewing by pinning it to the start menu.In Windows 10 it will appear as a tile, while in Windows 11 it will be added to the pinned app as a map icon with the location name.Here's how to pin the map location to the start menu:

1. First, navigate to the location.It can be a restaurant, attraction, or other place that has been marked on the map.You can also right-click on the map and drop a pin to create a location.

2. Click on a location marker or a dropped pin and an information panel opens.

3. Click the Pin button and select Pin Position to Start or Pin Orientation to Start.

4. The tile or icon will be added to the start menu.Clicking on these will open the Maps application at the saved location.

 

Tips Every Maps App User Should Know

The Maps app included with Windows isn't just another way to view Bing Maps.It also adds some useful tools that you don't get when using browser-based map services.From the ability to save maps for offline use, to pinning the map location to the start menu, there's more to the Maps app than you might think.

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