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Maps for Outlook Add-in

Not content with the four Office Add-ins that I currently have in the Microsoft Office Add-in Store, I’ve gone and created another one just to keep myself honest.

Maps for Outlook Add-in is a map generation tool that you can use to create and insert a Google Map into your email or appointment.

Being honest, this isn’t much of a stretch from the existing Maps for Office Add-in that has been in the store for a number of years now. However, the major difference is, that this add-in is for use only in Microsoft Outlook. As mentioned above, you can  easily insert a Google Map into your new Emails or Appointments via a useful ribbon bar icon.

Much like Maps for Office, you can search, resize, pin and change the theme of the map that you wish to insert into your email or appointment. Additionally, the add-in will include a link to allow anyone who receives the email to get instant directions to the location in the map via Google Maps.

Why not go get yourself a free trial of the app today! Download from the Microsoft Office Add-in Store

 

TRY MAPS FOR OUTLOOK(15 Day Free Trial)
OR
TRY MAPS FOR OFFICE (15 Day Free Trial)

 

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How to insert a Google Map into a Word Document

Maps for Office : Apps for Office

There are many ways to “skin a cat” as they say. But if you’re looking to do something a little less barbaric such as inserting a Google Map into a Word document, it may not be that straight forward.

If you’re lucky enough to be using the latest version of Word from Microsoft’s Office 2013 suite – things can’t get any easier than using the great Maps for Office app that we recently published to the Office Store. The Maps for Office app allows you to search for a location, add a pin, choose your preferred size and insert the map directly into your document. You can’t really get much easier than that now can you? If you’re interested in finding out more about this app, visit the Office Store and download it today.

TRY MAPS FOR OFFICE (15 Day Free Trial)

If you’re not lucky enough to own a copy of Word 2013, you’re not really out of luck since there are a number of other ways to insert a Google Map into your Word document.

I’ve outlined what I feel is the easiest way to achieve this (without using our app of course!).

First, create your map!

  1. Go to http://maps.google.com and search for the location you wish to use for your map in the search box at the top of the page.
  2. When you’ve found your desired location, it’s time to position it and choose your desired zoom level.
  3. You can click the map and drag it to centre the location on screen.
  4. Click the “+” and “-” buttons on the maps slider to zoom in and out on the map as needed to get the map exactly as you’d like it to appear.
  5. Once you’re happy with how the map looks, you’re ready to insert it into your Word document.~

 

Insert Google Map into your document…

  1. Open the Snipping Tool program in Windows. Do this by clicking the Windows key on your keyboard and typing “Snipping Tool”.
  2. When the Snipping Tool window opens, select “New” and your mouse cursor will change into a cross hair.
  3. Select the map by clicking, holding and dragging the mouse cursor across the area of the map you’d like to copy
  4. Open your Microsoft Word document, select the location where you would like to place the map into your document and press “Ctrl-V” to paste the map into your document.
  5. And that’s it!

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Maps for Office – App for Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)

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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10 Free Apps for Office 2013 (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Project)

If you haven’t tried the new Office 2013 yet, I’d recommend you take do. For those of you that already have a copy of Office 2013 are probably still adjusting to the new changes. Office 2013 is quite different to Office 2010. It comes with a brand new flatter style user interface, it is heavily “Cloud” driven and comes with a raft of new features. But one feature you may have overlooked is the Apps.

Yes, Office 2013 comes with a full App echo system that is referred to as Apps for Office. With Office 2013 you can download or buy apps for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Project directly from within the applications themselves or via the Apps for Office Store. The apps can be inserted into your documents and can be used to enhance, add value or simply be used as extended tools for use while editing your Office documents.

The Store already has a number of apps to choose from, so I’ve put together a list of 10 Apps for Office 2013.

 

Maps for Office (Free Trial)
Maps for Office is a great little app that allows you to insert Google Maps into your Word documents. It also gives you a number of free themes to make cool looking maps that will wow those reading your document.

 

Wikipedia - Apps for Office 2013

Wikipedia 
One app that should be in everyone’s toolbox is the Wikipedia app from Microsoft. The app, as you’d expect, brings the power of Wikipedia directly into Word or Excel. You can search or allow the app to search Wikipedia from directly within Word or Excel. The results are nicely display in the Task pane for easy reference. This is a very useful research tool and feels amazing within Word.

 

Infogram for OfficeInfogram for Office 2013
The Infogram for Office app is a welcome feature to the Apps for Office collection. It brings the power of Infogr.am interactive data visualisation directly into Excel 2013. Create a number of interactive charts and place them directly into your Excel documents to bring life to those dull spreadsheets. This is a great app to visual your data in an interactive way, never before possible with an ordinary spreadsheet.

 

Britannica Researcher
Another great research tool, is the Britannica Researcher app for Office. Again, like the Wikipedia app, you can access the all the great content available on Britannica from directly within your Word document. The app is however a paid app and is available for just €3.99

 

Bing MapsBing Maps
The Bing Mapsis another great app for adding life to your Excel spreadsheets. The app allows you to visualise your location data within your Excel document. Simply add a few rows with your locations and statistical data and let the Bing Maps app do the rest. The map has all the controls you’d expect from an Interactive map such as zoom, pan and direction. Plotting data on a map couldn’t get much easier.

Percentage Calculator app for OfficePercentage Calculator
The Percentage Calculator app on the face of it may seem a little pointless – however, this app is surprisingly useful. The app is available for both Word & Excel 2013 in the form of a task pane app. It allows you to calculate most (if not all) percentage calculations and if needs be, you can insert the results into your document. Definitely worthy of being in your app toolbox.

 

Contextual for Word 2013
Disclaimer… I created this app myself, so of course I think this is a great app! :) – all joking aside, this app is built to help you add images and article references to your Word document. The app  scans a selection of text or the whole document and returns contextually related content that you can then include in your document. The content that can be included consists of images and articles from around the Internet. It’s free, so no harm in adding it to your app collection!

 

People Graph App for OfficePeople Graph
People Graph is another data visualisation app that acts as a mini “infogram” within your Excel document. Within a few easy clicks you can visualise your data directly in Excel. Currently it offers just 3 charts with 7 different themes. But it will sufficiently perform for most related data visualisation scenarios.

 

Bing Image Search
Bing Image Search app for Office is a task pane app that allows you to search for images on the web from within your word document. You can set it to automatically search for images based on the content you’ve highlighted in your document or of course, you can simply search from directly within the app itself.

 

IMG EffectorIMG Effector
This is a very clever little app. The app allows you to select any image you’ve inserted in your document and apply a number of image effects to enhance the images. The enhanced images can then be inserted back into your document. Would be great to see more effects in the future – but still very useful in its current form.

 

 

QR4OfficeQR4Office
The QR4Office app allows you to create a QR code and insert it into your document. This can be very useful for creating things like property listings, notice board adverts or simply for cataloguing personal items. The app allows you to customise the colour, background and size of the QR code.

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