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:
Close Outlook, open up the start menu, and type
regedit. Press Enter to open the Registry Editor.
If you’re using Outlook 2010, go to:
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftware<wbr>MicrosoftOffice14.0OutlookOptionsGeneralIf you’re using Outlook 2013, go instead to:
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftware<wbr>MicrosoftOffice15.0OutlookOptionsGeneralIf the key does not exist, create it by clicking on its parent folder and going to New > Key.
- In the right-hand pane, right-click on an empty space and go to New > String Value. Name it MapScriptURL.
Double-click on the MapScriptURL key and give it this value:
http://maps.google.com/?q=<0s>, <1s>, <2s>, <3s>, <4s>
- 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>