Changing Outlook’s default map application

By default, if you use the “Map It” feature in a contact, it will open the address [assuming it is valid] in Bing’s map web site. This blog article will explain how to easily switch over to Google Maps.

Note: This works with Outlook 2010. To use it in a different version of Outlook [assuming that version has the “Map It” feature], replace “14.0” in the registry files below with the version of Outlook. For example, Outlook 2013 is “15.0”.

Open a text editor such as Notepad. [Do not use Microsoft Word.]. Copy and past the following:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

; change default map in Outlook 2010 to Google Maps

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Outlook\Options\General]
“MapScriptURL”=”http://maps.google.com/?q=<0s&gt;, <1s>, <2s>, <3s>, <4s>”

Save the file with whatever name. Use “.REG’ as the extension.

Note: Make sure you have at least one blank line after the last line above.

Exit Outlook [if not already]. Double click on the file you created. Click on Yes for the User Account Control window. Click on Yes to import the file. Click on the OK button when done.

if you use the “Map It” feature in a contact, Google Maps will open.

To go back to Big Maps, follow the same instructions above, but use paste and save the following:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

; change default map in Outlook 2010 to Bing Maps

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Outlook\Options\General]
“MapScriptURL”=”http://www.bing.com/maps/?where1=<0s&gt;, <1s>, <2s>, <3s>, <4s>”

Note: As usual, this article requires modifying the registry. Use at your own risk. Backup the registry.

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