How to Get Directions on Your iMac

By Mark L. Chambers

The primary use for a map is getting directions from one point to another, and iMac Maps doesn’t disappoint when it comes to navigation. Click the Directions button and you’re ready to plot your course.

Directions panel
The Directions panel is ready to provide directions to your next clambake.

Follow these steps to get directions between two addresses:

  1. In the Start box, type the starting address. As you type, Maps provides a pop-up list of suggestions taken from your recent locations, as well as addresses from your Contacts database and matching streets from around the globe. To choose one of these suggestions, just click it. To clear the contents of the field, click the X button that appears at the right side of the box.
  2. Press Tab to move to the End box.
  3. In the End box, type the destination address. Note that your destination doesn’t have to be a specific address. Memphis, TN, for example, works just fine.
  4. Click the Driving button for road directions or the Walking button for walking directions.
  5. Press Return to generate your directions.

Maps usually offers more than one route for your trip. The first route provided is typically the fastest or shortest, and it appears in bright blue. To view one of the other routes, just click a light-blue line, and it turns bright blue to indicate that it’s now the selected route. (You can see the approximate mileage and time for the selected route at the top of the turn list.) The turn-by-turn list provides approximate mileage for each leg of the journey.

You can easily print the route map and directions by choosing File →Print (or by pressing ⌘+P) and then clicking the Show Details button at the bottom of the Print sheet to display all the options.

If you’d rather create a PDF document with your map and directions, choose File→Export As PDF.

Finally, Maps allows you to share your maps and directions by using Mail, Messages, Twitter, or Facebook. Click the Share button at the top of the window and then select the desired sharing method. (You can even send your maps and directions to your iOS devices, like your iPhone or iPad!)