Maps for OfficeI’m sure most of you have at some stage wanted to include a map in a document that you want to send to your customers or friends. This tends to be a tedious process. First, you visit your mapping website of choice, i.e. Bing Maps or Google Maps. After searching for the location you want to display, you’d probably take a screenshot, copy the it into paint and crop it to the size you wanted, before then inserting into your Word document.

Well now that process has got a whole lot easier.

If you have a copy of Microsoft Word 2013, you can visit the Office Store and download a free 15 day trial of Maps for Office. Maps for Office is a Google Maps generator that allows you to create maps using Google Maps. All the features you would expect from zooming, Satellite and terrain views and of course searching by location are available in a very neat task panel. From here, you can generate the map exactly as you want it, before clicking a button to insert it directly into your Word document.

This app will also work with Excel 2013 & Powerpoint 2013. Unfortunately you will not be able to insert the generated map into Excel or Powerpoint due to the API limitations of apps for Office.

Maps for Office uses the Google Maps API and although not required, it is recommended that you generate your own Google Maps API key before using the app. You can get your own Google Static Maps API key by following the steps below.

 

Step 1 : Get a Google Account

Firstly, you will need a Google Account. If you do not have one, you can create one here https://accounts.google.com/NewAccount

Step 2 : Create Your Key at the Google API Console’

  1. Visit the Google APIs Console https://cloud.google.com/console 
  2. Log in with the Google account you just created
  3. Click “Create Project”
  4. Give your project a name and click “Create”
  5. On the resulting page, in the left-hand menu, choose “APIs & Auth -> Registered Apps”
  6. Click “Register App”
  7. Give your App a name and choose “Web Application” under platform.
  8. In the left hand menu, choose “APIs” and Enable Static Maps API.
  9. Return to the Registered Apps page and select the App you created.
  10. Click the “Browser Key” option and you will see your API Key.

 

Step 3 : Enter API Key into Maps for Office

  1. Copy the API Key value from the “API Access” page in the Google API Console
  2. Click the “Change API Key” link at the footer of the Maps for Office App
  3. Paste your API Key into the “Enter Your API Key” field and choose save
  4. You should now be able to use the Maps for Office app!

This app is also available for purchase  at https://store.office.com/maps-for-office-WA104150524.aspx

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