How to Use the Maps Window on Your MacBook

If you own an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, prepare to enter a joyful state: With the arrival of OS X Mavericks on your MacBook, your beloved Maps application now resides on the Dock! As long as you have a connection to the Internet, Maps is ready to display locations, provide directions, and even allow for informal views of important sites worldwide!

Displaying an overhead view of an address is one of the simplest chores in all of OS X. From the Maps window, just click in the Search box at the top-right corner, type the address, and press Return. Maps displays the address with a red pushpin to help you locate it.

Depending on the location you’ve chosen, you may also see a tiny Info icon (which looks like a lowercase i within a circle) next to the name. To view more information, click the Info icon.

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You can quickly map your current location. Just choose View→Go to Current Location, or press ⌘+L.

But why stop with just a simple address? You can also enter information such as

  • The name of a landmark, monument, or building (such as Statue of Liberty).

  • The name of a business or restaurant (or even a genre of food) followed by the city name. Maps displays matching sites with pushpins, and you can click any of the pushpins to find out more information on that location. You can see the Info pop-up that appears when you click the Info icon next to the restaurant name, complete with a link to its website and reviews aplenty.

  • Attractions and services, followed by the city name. You can search for a gas station, movie theater, or local park.

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If you need to zoom in or zoom out on a Maps display, use the scroll function on the mouse, click the plus and minus buttons at the bottom-right corner of the Maps window, or use the ⌘+plus and ⌘+minus shortcuts. To move around the Maps window, click and drag the map in the desired direction.

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