How to Change the Mapping Service used by Outlook's Map Link

Last reviewed on April 23, 2013

Applies to Microsoft Outlook 2013, Outlook 2010, Outlook 2002, Outlook 2000

This does not work with Outlook 2003 or Outlook 2007. I have a macro at Use VBA to Map a Contact’s Address that works with Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007, or for anyone who wants to add a second mapping service to Outlook.

When you need a map of a contact’s address, open a contact and press the Road Sign icon Display Map button or Outlook 2010 mapit MapIt button in Outlook 2010 and up to connect to a web-based mapping service.

Locate the address on a map by clicking the Map button on a Contact

Outlook is currently directing to Bing Maps. If you don't want to use Bing, you can edit the registry to enable another web-based mapping service. I currently include the url formats for Bing, Google Maps, MapQuest, Expedia, Yahoo Maps, and Zillow. Note that the registry edit does not work in Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007.

If MapPoint is installed, the yellow road sign icon is replaced with a Map and pushpin icon uses MapPoint CD map icon and it uses MapPoint to map the contact's location. You can use web-based maps by disabling the MapPoint Com addin in opening Tools, Options, Other, Advanced Options, Com Add-ins and remove the check from the MapPoint Addin.

To edit the registry, open the Run command (either from the Start menu or by Pressing Windows key + R) and typing regedit then press Ok. Navigate to the registry key for your version of Outlook.

Before making any changes, right-click on the key and choose Export. This way you can easily restore it if you change your mind.

Outlook 2013

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Outlook\Options\General

Outlook 2010

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Outlook\Options\General

Outlook 2002:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\10.0\Outlook\Options\General

Outlook 2000:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\9.0\Outlook\Options\General

Edit the Registry to and add the mapscripturl string value

Right click in the right pane and choose New, String Value. Enter

MapScriptURL

for the string value name. Double click on the MapScriptURL key to open it and enter the URL you want to use for the data value. We have the strings for popular mapping services listed below.

Add the url to the registry

To paste the urls below into the registry, click in the text field and press Ctrl+A to select all, Ctrl+C to copy, then paste in the Value Data field in the registry editor.

Bing Maps

http://www.bing.com/maps/?where1=<0s>,<1s>,<2s>,<3s>,<4s>

Google Maps

http://maps.google.com/?q=<0s>,<1s>,<2s>,<3s>,<4s>

Expedia

Requires the country code. For US, it needs to be USA. Outlook defaults to United States of America, but you can enter USA and Outlook uses it. If you are only mapping US addresses, replace <4s> with USA. Or replace it with the correct code for your country.

http://www.expedia.com/City-Map?action=findAMap@results&findAMap_addressPlace_country=<4s>&findAMap_addressPlace_street=<0s>&findAMap_addressPlace_city=<1s>&findAMap_addressPlace_state=<2s>&findAMap_addressPlace_zip=<3s>

MapQuest

http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?address=<0s>&city=<1s>&state=<2s>&zip=<3s>

Yahoo Maps

http://maps.yahoo.com/maps?newFL=&addr=<0s>&csz=<1s>+<2s>+<3s>&srchtype=a&getmap=Get+Map

This URL also works for Yahoo:

http://maps.yahoo.com/map?q1=<0s> <1s> <2s> <3s> <4s>

Zillow

http://www.zillow.com/homes/<0s>-<1s>-<2s>-<3s>

Now when you select the map button, Outlook brings up the internet map of your choice.

To use other web-based mapping services, you’ll need to know the URL that is sent back to the server. Once you have that, replace the address fields with the codes Outlook uses:

Outlook's Contact fieldCode used in URL
Street<0s>
City<1s>
State<2s>
Zip code<3s>
Country<4s>

Do It For Me

If you don't want to edit the registry yourself, you can download a zip file containing the registry entries for the map addresses listed above, except Zillow. After downloading the file, double click on the *.reg file for the mapping service you want to use.

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Written by

Diane Poremsky
A Microsoft Outlook Most Valuable Professional (MVP) since 1999, Diane is the author of several books, including Outlook 2013 Absolute Beginners Book. She also created video training CDs and online training classes for Microsoft Outlook. You can find her helping people online in Outlook Forums as well as in the Microsoft Answers and TechNet forums.

Please post long or more complicated questions at Outlookforums.

14 responses to “How to Change the Mapping Service used by Outlook's Map Link”

  1. LeAnn

    Is there a way to find out which contacts in outlook are within a certain section of a map? Useful for sales calls, etc.

    Thanks

  2. Daniel

    There's no 'General' folder in Outlook 2013 under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Outlook\Options\

    There's only Calendar, Conversations, MSHTML and Reminders. Should I make a General folder if there is not one or is there another location to put this?

    Thanks!

  3. Daniel

    That didn't work, unfortunately. It also had the side effect of clearing out my Inbox, so careful with this advice.

  4. Reinhard

    The above reg hack is widely recommended on the internet, however won't fix it on my machine hence my kind reqeust tpo review and advise what the root cause and what hte fix for that?

  5. Reinhard

    Outlook 2010, reg hack worked on my business laopt (also running Outlook 2010) but not on my home pC, I surely tried restarting Outlok (you mean after the change in the registry? sure, that's an too easy suggestion....this needs more insight...

  6. Colin

    Hi Diane - we are using an OWA app on our Samsung S3. The app allows "Map this Address" feature. I have made the changes noted above to the desk tops but the app still is pulling Bing content even though the desktops are now using Google.

    There is no setting in the app to change this.

    There must be the same setting in Exchange that is controlling the Map feature? If there is can you tell me where to find it?

    Thanks

  7. Jeff Laidacker

    Thank you, this worked great.

  8. Kevin W.

    Worked fine for me. Thanks!!!

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