Take a Closer Look at the PC*MILER Map Window

Next, let’s look at your route framed in the PC*MILER map window:

1. The map window can be floated as a separate window – right click on the gray title bar and select Float. The window now appears with a dark border and can be dragged to any position on your screen.


2. Select the Map tab > Customize group > Legends menu to control which legends appear on the map. Try checking/unchecking a legend in this menu to display/hide it. Legends on the map can be positioned anywhere you choose: place your cursor on a legend, hold down the left mouse button and drag it to another spot.

3. By default the map is in drag map mode (the cursor is shaped like a hand). Click and drag the map to pan your view.

4. Use the Zoom Level slider bar to adjust the zoom level (+ to zoom in, ‐ to zoom out) and use the compass above it to pan the map north, south, east or west.

5. Another way to shift the map view is to use the hidden scroll bars. To activate a scroll bar, place your cursor near any edge of the map window. Click on the scroll bar to move the map incrementally in the direction indicated by the arrow, or click and hold to pan the view quickly:


6. You can also click and hold the mouse on the map and drag a box around an area to zoom in to it: first select the Tools tab > View group > Box Zoom.

7. In the Route 1 window, double‐click Sioux City on the stop list to zoom in on it. Notice the zoom level – 14 of 20 – in the title bar of the map window. Truck stops and fueling stations begin to display at higher zoom levels.

8. As you zoom in closer, other points of interest (POI) will appear. At higher zoom levels, you can place the cursor over any POI to see its name:


9. Select the Map tab > Customize group > Tooltips > Route Distance. When this feature is turned on, if the cursor is placed at any point on a generated route on the map, a tooltip will appear that displays the distance from the origin and destination at that point:


10. A right mouse map menu gives you quick access to many of the features described above and more – with your cursor in the map window, click the right mouse button and select Features… .

11. In the Map Features dialog, all the listed features can be displayed or hidden. Features that are checked will be displayed. Features on the left can be raised or lowered to change the order in which they are drawn on the map (for example, raising “Cities” to the top of the list will draw city names on top of all other features, making them more visible).


12. We will leave the features in their default positions. Click Cancel in the Map Features dialog, then right mouse click on the title bar of the map window and select Dock.

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