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How to Get Directions on the Nexus 7 with the Maps App

The Nexus 7 is ever ready, thanks to the various direction and navigation features nestled in the Maps app. Finding something is only half the job. The other half is getting there.

The Nexus 7 currently doesn’t have a car mount, not like a cell phone does. Therefore, if you use your tablet in your auto, you should have someone else hold it and read the directions. Or use voice navigation and, for goodness’ sake, don’t look at the tablet while you’re driving!

One command that’s associated with locations on the map is Get Directions. Here’s how to use it:

  1. Touch the Directions button in a location’s cartoon bubble.

    Or you may see the Directions button when you display details about a location. The Directions button icon is shown in the margin.

    After touching the Directions button, you see the pop-up window. It’s preset to help you get to the location you chose in Step 1 from your current location. You can change the my Location item to any other address or swap the items.

    If you don’t see the Directions button, long-press a location. Choose the item Get Directions from the menu that appears. Skip to Step 3.

  2. Ensure that the starting location and destination are what you want.

    If they’re backward, touch the Swap button. You can touch the Bookmark button to choose a favorite place, a contact, or a specific map location.

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  3. Choose a method of transportation.

    The available options vary, depending on your location. The items are (from left to right) Car, Public Transportation, Bicycle, and On Foot.

  4. Touch the Go button.

    A list of directions appears on the left side of the screen. On the right side of the screen you see your route plotted out as a blue line on the map.

If you can’t constantly look at the tablet to see the map, touch the Navigation button, shown in the margin.

  • Tilt the tablet sideways (to the horizontal orientation) to make the onscreen map and directions more useful.

  • A summary of the distance journey and travel time appears in the Directions box on the left side of the screen.

  • You can modify your journey by dragging the blue line around with your finger. Touch one of the waypoints, shown in the margin, to drag the route to other streets or nearby highways. The journey distance and travel time adjust themselves as you change your route.

  • The Maps app alerts you to any toll roads on the specified route. As you travel, you can choose alternative, non-toll routes, if they’re available. You’re prompted to switch routes during navigation.

  • You may not get perfect directions from the Maps app, but for places you’ve never visited, it’s a useful tool.

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