Measure on the map

You can measure both distances and areas on the map, and also specify the measurement units used to show your measurement results. When you measure, your map goes into measure mode, and you will see a different app bar. After you have entered a distance or area to measure, you will see the measurement results at the top of the map. Once you are done measuring, cancel measure mode to return to the regular app bar.

Measure distance

You can use the measure distance mode to measure linear distances on the map.

  1. Tap the tools icon tools icon on the app bar to display the Tools menu.
    Screen shot of the Tools menu.
  2. Tap measure distance.

    Measure distance mode is turned on. The app bar and app bar's context menu show different tools and options used for measuring.

    Screen shot of the app bar and its context menu when in measure distance mode.

  3. Follow the hint text displayed at the top of the map to measure a distance. You can either tap the map to add the first point, or you can use the Global Positioning System (GPS). Tap or use the GPS again to add a second point, and your distance measurement result displays at the top of the screen. Continue adding points either by tapping or using the GPS to add onto your measurement.
    Screen shot of a measure distance result.

Measure area

You can use the measure area mode to measure areas on the map.

  1. Tap the tools icon tools icon on the app bar to display the Tools menu.
    Screen shot of the Tools menu.
  2. Tap measure area.

    Measure area mode is turned on. The app bar and app bar's context menu show different tools and options used for measuring.

    Screen shot of the app bar and its context menu when in measure area mode.

  3. Follow the hint text displayed at the top of the map to measure an area. You can either tap the map to add the first point, or you can use the GPS. Tap or use the GPS again to add a second and a third point, and your area measurement result displays at the top of the screen. Continue adding points either by tapping or using the GPS to change and update your measurement area.
    Screen shot of a measure area result.

    When using the GPS to collect a point, you have the following options:

    • If the GPS symbol is not already on the map, tap the me icon me icon to show your current location on the map.
    • If the GPS symbol is on the map, tap the me icon (either tracking me icon when tracking or not tracking me icon when not tracking) to turn it off.
    • Tap the use location icon use location icon to add a point at the current GPS location.
    • Once you have placed one or more points on the map, the undo icon undo icon will be enabled. Tap undo to undo your previous change to the geometry. Clearing the geometry also clears the history of changes, so this icon disables again after the geometry is cleared.

Set measurement units

You can specify the units to use in a measurement result.

  1. Begin measuring either a distance or an area on the map. See the previous sections for details.
  2. In measure mode, expand the app bar context menu.
    Screen shot of the app bar and its context menu when in measure distance mode.
  3. Tap measure settings to display the measurement settings panel.
    Screen shot of the measurement settings panel.
  4. Tap the type of units you want to change to display the Choose Units page. Tap your desired units to select it.

    Tap the distance units value.

    The Choose Distance Units page displays with the options for distance units. Tap your desired units to select it.

    Tap the area units value.

    The Choose Area Units page displays with the options for area units. Tap your desired units to select it.

  5. Press the Back button to close the measurement settings panel and return to measure mode on the map.

    If you already had a measurement result displayed on the map, the value and units will be updated to match your selected units. If you did not have a result displayed, start measuring now to see the units in use in your displayed result.

Cancel measure mode

To return to the map's regular app bar and capabilities, cancel measure mode once you are done with your measurements.

  1. Tap cancel cancel icon on the measure mode app bar.
    Screen shot of the app bar and its context menu when in measure distance mode.

    Measure mode is canceled, and the map returns with the regular app bar and capabilities.