Use Google Maps Instead Of Bing For Contacts In Outlook

Use Google Maps Instead of Bing for Contacts in Outlook

Among its many awesome features, Microsoft Outlook allows you to easily map a contact's address using Bing Maps, making it simple to find their location. If you would rather use Google Maps instead, a simple registry edit will fix that.

Here's what you need to do:

  1. Close Outlook, open up the start menu, and type regedit. Press Enter to open the Registry Editor.
  2. If you're using Outlook 2010, go to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\<wbr>Microsoft\Office\14.0\Outlook\Options\General If you're using Outlook 2013, go instead to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\<wbr>Microsoft\Office\15.0\Outlook\Options\GeneralIf the key does not exist, create it by clicking on its parent folder and going to New > Key.
  3. In the right-hand pane, right-click on an empty space and go to New > String Value. Name it MapScriptURL.
  4. Double-click on the MapScriptURL key and give it this value: http://maps.google.com/?q=<0s>, <1s>, <2s>, <3s>, <4s>
  5. Close the Registry Editor, re-open Outlook, and try to map a contact. If all goes well, it should use Google Maps.

If you want to switch back to Bing Maps at any time, just follow the above steps using this value in step 4: http://www.bing.com/maps/?where1=<0s>, <1s>, <2s>, <3s>, <4s>


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