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How to use the View Map button in your messages


Keeper of the Asylum
Feb 28, 2003
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Often times we want to share the location of something. You can use the View map feature to do just that. These instructions are for someone using a full size screen on a desktop monitor, laptop, or maybe a large tablet. If you don't see your username in the upper right hand corner of the screen, you won't be able to access the View map link as shown below,


WARNING!! If you are already editing a post and click this link, the browser will load a new page and you will lose your editing!! If you are editing a post, you will want to RIGHT CLICK on the link and select "Open in new tab" or "Open in new window". This way you can mess with the map, grab the BBcode from the map that you will use in your post, and NOT lose your editing work!

Okay, so you RIGHT CLICK on the View map link in the image above and open it in a new tab or window. This is what you will see.


If you forget how to use it, just click on the "Instructions for use" link in the upper left corner.

The goal is to get the cross hair in the center of the map directly on the location you want people to see. You can do this by zooming in/out and dragging the map or by using the "Find place" field in the lower left corner. Enter the place and hit "Go". If the map doesn't center exactly where you want it, drag and zoom until it does. The end result is that the BBcode tag below the map will have the coordinates of that location.

[map=31.326930,-99.106951]View map[/map]

You will want to highlight and then copy/paste that BBcode into the body of your post (which is still in another tab/window because you RIGHT CLICKED on the View map link... right? ;-))

Preview your message in the editor and it will look something like this,


You can continue editing the post, including adding more View map buttons if you like. Just go back to the browser tab/window where you have the map still open and find a new location. When you are done, grab the BBcode just as you did before and copy/paste it into your message where you like. When you are done, close the tab/window with the map in it. You can add text anywhere before or after the buttons as you like.

Once you are happy with how things look, click the "Post thread" button at the bottom of the message editor.

Now, when someone is viewing your message, the map will only be displayed if they click the button.

If you have any questions please post them here.
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