When you need a map quickly, Bing and many other search engines can help you build one. Simply enter a location, and your map appears on-screen. If you manage a website, you can use Bing's free mapping technology to embed live maps on your Web pages. Site visitors can then view detailed maps without leaving your Web page. This technology is especially useful for displaying maps that show important locations such as your business address.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Navigate to the Bing Map website.
Type a city, state and address in the text box at the top of the Bing map page. Separate the city, state and address with commas for best results. (See Reference 1 - find "Use commas").
Press "Enter." A map appears and shows the location you typed. An orange marker pinpoints the exact location on the map.
Click the map, hold down your left mouse button and drag the map if you wish to view different areas of the map. The map moves as you drag it.
Click the "Plus" and "Minus" signs at the top of the map to zoom in and zoom out. Adjust the map until you are satisfied with the view.
Locate the "Share Your Map" icon in the bottom left corner of the map. The icon looks like an envelope.
Click that icon. A pop-up window appears. A text box containing HTML code appears at the bottom of the window.
Right-click that text box, and then click "Copy" to copy the code to the Windows clipboard.
Launch Notepad or an HTML editor.
Open a Web page that contains a website for which you wish to embed the map.
Right-click the location in the document's "body" section where you want the map to appear. A drop-down menu appears.
Click "Paste" to paste the code into that location. Save the document and open it in your browser. The Bing map will appear on the Web page.
Tips and warnings
- Instead of typing an address after city and state, you can also type a landmark or the name of a business. (See Reference 2 - find "Use many kinds of search terms"). If more than one business exists, the map will display numbered markers that identify the various locations. Hold your mouse cursor over a pin to see additional details about that location.
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