Utilize, Customize, Navigate Bing

Bing Search Maps, Windows Live Maps

Windows Live Local, MSN Virtual Earth

Updated: July 27 2023
By: RSH Web Editorial Staff

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Bing Maps

Bing Maps

A Web Mapping service provided as a part of Microsoft's Bing suite of search engines and powered by the Bing Maps for Enterprise.

You can have Bing Maps show your current location, or with the search box to find almost any place in the World. You can use it to get directions, find traffic details, and simply view the maps. Bing Maps is only available from the Web, as there is not a stand-alone app available for mobile devices.

Using the Map

Open any web browser on your computer, and go to Bing Maps.

By using the plus and minus buttons in the top right corner of the map to zoom in and out so that you can have a better perspective of the location. Click and drag the map to center your view. You can also view the world, a country, or a city just by zooming in and out of the map. You can see everything from major roads and highways to buildings and streets. Click the circle target in the top left corner of the map. This will center the map to your current location. It will be identified by the blue dot on the map.

Searching another location

Use the search box on the top of the page to find a specific location. A list of possible results will drop down. Click on the location you want. The map will automatically center to the location.


Identify a destination

Click the Directions link under the search box, and the "Direction Panel" will drop down. Input the address of your destination in the field provided.

Choose Mode of Transportation

Bing Maps can also provide directions based on a mode of transportation. You can travel by foot, ride a bus or public vehicle, or drive. Click the respective icons above the fields to select. Click the car icon for driving directions, the bus icon for public commute, and the pedestrian icon for walking directions.

Show Directions

By clicking the “Go” button, a blue line will be drawn on the map to connect your starting location and destination. Turn by turn directions will also appear towards the bottom part of the "Directions Panel".

Traffic Details

Click the “Traffic” button at the top of the toolbar and the streets will be color coded based on the traffic situation. You will see four different levels of traffic through the colors: 1) Green for light traffic, 2) Yellow for light-to-moderate traffic, 3) Orange for moderate-to-heavy traffic, and 4) Red for heavy traffic. If you see all green lines, the traffic is light, and you should have no delays. If you see red lines, your travel could be slow as traffic will be heavy. There will also be warning signs on areas with possible traffic disruptions, such as scheduled constructions, accidents, road blocks, and others.

Your Current Location

Click the diamond enclosed in a black circle in the top left corner of the maps. This will center the map to your current location. It will be identified by a blue dot on the map.

Or Search for a Different Location

Use the search box on the top of the page and type in the location you want. A shortlist of possible results will drop down. Click the location you want, and the map will automatically center to the location you’ve set.

Adjust the map

Use your mouse to move the map around, use the zoom in or out buttons in the top right corner of the maps to compose it.

Bing Maps on your Website

To embed a map on your website or customize, provide directions to a venue or place. Share a map over email, Facebook, or Twitter. To a blog or forum, you can use Bing Maps for this.

Go to Bing Maps. Identify a location. You can have Bing Maps get your current location, or you can use the search box to set another place on the map.

Just copy the code for the map and paste it wherever you want the map to show up.

Share your map view

The view you see here will be the view embedded in the code when you use the "Share It" feature. Click the “Share” button on the header toolbar of the maps. The Share This Map window will appear. Copy the whole and exact HTML code provided under the “Embed in a Webpage” field. What you copied is the exact HTML code you need to paste on your site, blog, or forum in order for this map to be displayed correctly.

If you’d like to see how your map will look like after you’ve embedded it on your site, click on the “Customize and preview” button, right under the HTML code. Another window will open to show you exactly how your map will look like. You can re-adjust and customize it from here. Click on the “Generate code” button to regenerate a code for your re-adjusted map.

You can also use the below link to generate your code

Places of Interest

When using Bing's "Bird's Eye View"
Some very cool places to visit

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri

Grand Canyon National Park located in northwestern Arizona

The Strip Las Vegas, NV

The Pantheon A former Roman temple, now a church, in Rome, Italy

Graceland Memphis, TN

Yellowknife, Canada The capital of the Northwest Territories in Canada

Cahors, France The capital of the Lot region in southwest France

Iwata, Japan, located in Shizuoka prefecture of Japan

New York Stadium New York

Crystal Cove State Park Newport Beach, California

Orange County Airport California

Clearwater Harbor Florida

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Dallas, Texas

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