Outlook 2010: Use Google Maps to Display Contact Addresses

By default, Outlook 2010 uses Bing Maps to map the addresses of your contacts. If you are a Google Maps user, you can change this so that it uses Google’s service instead.

1. Close Outlook 2010.

2. Open Notepad.

3. Copy and paste the following into Notepad:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

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

4. Close and save the file as outlook2010_use_googlemaps.reg.

5. Double-click the newly created file to merge it into the registry.

6. When the confirmation box appears, click Yes.

7. The file will be merged to the registry. A confirmation box will appear, click OK.

8. Open Outlook and go to your contacts.

9. Open a Contact and go down to the address section and click the Map It button.

The address will be shown in Google Maps.

If you want to change back to using Bing Maps, do the following:

1. Close Outlook 2010.

2. Open Notepad.

3. Copy and paste the following into Notepad:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

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

4. Close and save the file as outlook2010_use_googlemaps.reg.

5. Double-click the newly created file to merge it into the registry.

6. When the confirmation box appears, click Yes.

7. The file will be merged to the registry. A confirmation box will appear, click OK.

 

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14 Responses to “Outlook 2010: Use Google Maps to Display Contact Addresses”

  1. September 22, 2010 at 5:14 am, Greg said:

    Nice one

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  2. November 19, 2010 at 8:35 am, Len said:

    Great, thanks!

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  3. December 23, 2010 at 7:31 pm, Mj said:

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. April 08, 2011 at 6:55 am, Kannan Ramakrishnan said:

    super. thanks

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  5. December 30, 2011 at 6:24 am, Elizabeth said:

    Super easy and works great! Thanks so much!

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  6. February 02, 2012 at 6:12 am, Marco said:

    Where exactly do I save the notepad file and how do I merge it into the registry??? Thanks…

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  7. April 13, 2012 at 2:40 pm, ilie said:

    it doesen’t work on win7 & office 10.
    may be I’m dooing something wrong ?!

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  8. July 15, 2012 at 6:51 pm, Martin said:

    Thank you very much for this detailed article!!!!

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  9. November 08, 2012 at 6:39 pm, russel karbley said:

    I have outlook 2010, ver 14.0 and I dont have the “general” folder in options?

    The map it functions does work and points to bing but can’t seem to find the folder that contains the MapScript URL.

    Any thoughts and thanks?

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  10. November 15, 2012 at 7:16 pm, Sam A said:

    sweet, thanks!

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  11. November 29, 2012 at 9:06 pm, PhilW said:

    Your instructions are clear, concise and easy to follow, and worked like a charm. Outlook Contact map now points to Google Maps. Thanks!!

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  12. January 28, 2013 at 3:24 pm, Jim said:

    Works great. Can you provide info on how to do this with Windows Live Mail 2012 as well? TIA

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  13. March 13, 2013 at 6:16 pm, Robert said:

    Can’t tell you how many times i cursed the default Bing lookup…thank you!!!

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  14. September 26, 2012 at 7:11 pm, Kirkj said:

    > Never mind. User error…DOH. and BTW, thank you for this TIP, do not like Bing Maps.

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