How to Change the Map Service Used by Outlook Contacts

When you open a contact item, you will see a “Map It” button in “Addresses” part. It allows us to check a contact’s address in a map. As a rule, Outlook use Bing Map as the default mapping service. You can also change it as per you preference by the following method.

When I add an address to an Outlook contact, I am accustomed to checking it in a map. Fortunately, Outlook is so kind that it offers a mapping service. In first run, I find that it is using Bing Map by default. But actually I’m much more familiar with Google Map. Therefore, I search a lot on Internet about how to change the default mapping service. I got it ultimately. Here are the elaborate steps.

Change the Map Service Used by Outlook Contacts

  1. At the very outset, you need to close Outlook and turn to “Start Menu”.
  2. Then in the search box, type “regedit” and press “Enter” key button.Search “regedit” in "Start Menu"
  3. You will absolutely see a new popup dialog box of “User Account Control”, in which you have to select “Yes” button.User Account Control
  4. Subsequently, you will enter the “Registry Editor” interface. You ought to find the following keys: “HKEY_CURRENT_USER” > “Software” > “Microsoft” > “Office” > “14.0” > “Outlook” > “Options”.

Note: Here we are taking Outlook 2010 as the example. If you are using Outlook 2013 version, you should replace “14.0” with “15.0”.

  1. Next you should find “General” key under “Options”. If can’t find it, you ought to create it by yourself. Right click “Options” and choose “New” > “Key” from the context menu.Create "General" Key under "Options"
  2. After that, you need to create a new string value of “MapScriptURL” under “General” key. Right click “General” and select “New” > “String Value” from the right clicking menu.Create "MapScriptURL" under "General"
  3. Later in the right pane, name it as “MapScriptURL” and double click it. In the new “Edit String” dialog box, you can fill in the corresponding URL of other available mapping service. For example, for google mapping, you can copy this URL: “http://maps.google.com/?q=<0s>+<1s>+<2s>+<3s>+<4s>”.Edit MapScriptURL Value Data
  4. Finally you can click “OK” to save the changes and close the Registry Editor.
  5. Now you can have a try.
  • Start Outlook program and shift to Contacts pane.
  • Open a contact item with a mailing address.
  • Then click “Map It” button. Outlook will jump to the site of the specified mapping service. It looks like the following screenshot:Map It

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