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About the Options dialog box

Use the Options dialog box to change settings for the find history, units of measure, data maps, GPS sensor and Location Finder, driving directions, and Save as Web page options.

Find History

Click Clear to remove the found addresses, cities, ZIP Codes or postal codes, places, and data for all countries and regions.

If you want MapPoint to erase the find history automatically, select Always clear history when exiting program.


Click Miles or Kilometers to use one of these units of measure throughout the program.

Click Decimal degrees or Degrees/minutes/seconds and Northing/Easting or Plus/minus to change the way latitude and longitude coordinates are displayed. When you change either of these settings, the sample latitude and longitude pair in the Options dialog box changes so that you can see how the coordinates are displayed.

Tip  Northing/Easting refers to measuring distance to a point based on how far north or south of the equator and how far east or west of the prime meridian it is. If N/S/E/W is selected, latitude and longitude coordinates are displayed as degrees followed by a letter (N, S, E, W) indicating the direction (for example, 3.15562°N 101.68217°E). If Plus/minus is selected, coordinates south of the equator or west of the prime meridian are displayed as negative numbers (for example, –34.49023° –58.37352°).

GPS sensor and Location Finder

Select Show GPS window when pane is closed if you want the GPS Sensor to be displayed when you are using a GPS device and the GPS task pane is closed. The GPS Sensor displays current information from the GPS receiver, such as latitude and longitude coordinates, bearing, and speed.

Select Center map on my location (if available) when application starts to use Location Finder to determine your location and display it on the map every time you start Streets & Trips. Location Finder uses the locations of known Wireless Positioning Systems (WPS) to calculate your location. Because this technology depends on the presence of known wireless access points and abstracts locations from that data, it is less accurate than other location technologies, such as GPS, and it is more likely to be available in urban areas.

Data maps

Select Show currency symbols to display local currency symbols in data tips and the legend.

Select Show data tips to display specific information about data on the map when you position the pointer over that data.


Type or select the font size to use for driving directions in the Font size box.

Under Show these columns, select the columns that you want to include in driving directions. Time indicates the start time for each driving instruction; Distance indicates the mile or kilometer marker for each driving instruction; Instruction indicates the driving instruction for each turn on the route; For indicates the distance for each driving instruction; Toward indicates the major cities and landmarks that lie in the direction in which you are traveling.

Save as Web

Select Show AutoSave message on Save to display an AutoSave message when you save a map that has associated Web pages. This message prompts you to enable or disable the AutoSave as Web feature for the map that is currently open.