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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  • Greg

    Nice one

  • Len

    Great, thanks!

  • Mj

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

  • Kannan Ramakrishnan

    super. thanks

  • Elizabeth

    Super easy and works great! Thanks so much!

  • Marco

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

  • ilie

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

  • Martin

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

  • russel karbley

    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?

  • Sam A

    sweet, thanks!

  • PhilW

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

  • Jim

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

  • Robert

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

  • Dino

    That is nice. Every tweak should be that easy and seamless. THANK YOU!

  • Kirkj

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