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Toolbars

MapPoint has three toolbars that are typically displayed at the top of the main application screen between the menu and the main map area. Each toolbar contains various icon buttons that can be clicked to access most of MapPoint’s main functionality. MapPoint versions 2009-2011 all used multi-colored buttons, but MapPoint 2013 introduced new ‘Metro-style’ monochrome buttons.

The toolbars are controlled using the View->Toolbars menu:

The toolbar options menu

The toolbar options menu

This menu has a total of five settings, all of which can be switched on or off. The top four settings control the visibility of the individual toolbars plus the Location and Scale display. The bottom option controls the toolbar button size. The default is for large buttons that are easy to see. However these buttons can take up a lot of space – especially on a small computer screen such as a netbook. MapPoint solves this by having an option for smaller button images. Select smaller buttons by un-checking Large buttons on this menu. The MapPoint toolbars will now look like this:

small toolbar icons

The MapPoint display with small toolbar buttons

The toolbars can be moved around to suit your personal preference. Each toolbar has a ‘handle’ on its left edge marked with dots. Select this with the left mouse button, and then drag the toolbar to the desired location. Toolbars can be attached to the top or the bottom of the main MapPoint window. They can also be detached and left to float as their own windows.

The longest toolbar is the Standard Toolbar:

The standard toolbar

The standard toolbar (click for full sized image)

This is what the ‘Metro’ version in MapPoint 2013 looks like:

Standard Toolbar in MapPoint 2013 (click for larger image)

Standard Toolbar in MapPoint 2013 (click for larger image)

Most of MapPoint’s main functions are available on these buttons. The left buttons let you create, open, and save a map. The pushpin button (gray square on the 2013 version) lets you select a pushpin symbol and to add a pushpin. Other buttons control routing, navigation, and data maps.

The Advanced Toolbar is more sophisticated but only has three controls:

The Advanced Toolbar (click for full size image)

The Advanced Toolbar (click for full size image)

The ‘Metro’ (MapPoint 2013) version is very similar:

The Advanced Toolbar in MapPoint 2013

The Advanced Toolbar in MapPoint 2013

The ‘Type place or address‘ control on the left, lets you search for addresses and points of interest. next is the Zoom Bar. Use this to quickly change the map scale. Finally the ‘Road Map‘ drop-down box lets you select the type of base map that is displayed.

The final toolbar is the Drawing Toolbar:

Drawing Toolbar

The Drawing Toolbar (click for larger image)

Again, the ‘Metro’ (MapPoint 2013) version is similar, although it does not show black color selections very well:

The Drawing Toolbar in MapPoint 2013

The Drawing Toolbar in MapPoint 2013

This is usually disabled by default, but it is strongly recommended that you enable it. MapPoint has a range of drawing and annotation options, but they are only available through this toolbar. Use this toolbar to draw lines, shapes, and text on the map.

Finally there is the Location and scale. Although listed with the toolbars, Location and scale is the banner that appears across the top of the main map and it is not a true toolbar. :

Location and Scale display on a MapPoint map

Location and Scale display on a MapPoint map

This consists of a scale bar (on the right) and a hierarchical text description of the current location (e.g. Region, Country, State, City). You can quickly zoom to one of the listed areas in the text description by clicking on it.

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