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Microsoft Streets and Trips: Printed Directions

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We use Streets and Trips on our laptop computer with GPS to navigate while we’re driving, but I know some people that don’t want to do that.  They want to plan their trip, then print out directions to use while on the road.  When we produced our recent series of Tutorial Videos for Streets and Trips, we didn’t cover printing – so here ya go!

Printing Options

With your current route file open and on your screen, simply choose File | Print.  There several different formats from which to choose.  When you click on one of the choices, you will see a thumbnail that shows you what that style looks like:

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And, if you click on the button for ‘More Options’, guess what?  You get even more options!  These options deal with how much to print on each page:

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I like the strip maps, as shown in the image at the top of this article.  This combines the turn by turn directions with a view of the map with the route drawn in blue.  Very clear and easy.  We probably won’t use it much for ourselves, but it’s good to know in case I want to plan a route for someone else and give them printed directions.

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Trip Planning with Streets and Trips

by Chris Guld, www.GeeksonTour.com

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In today’s GPS-connected world, travelers have many choices for navigation devices.  Garmin, Tom-Tom, Magellan, and Copilot are just a few of the brand names for the dashboard devices that will guide you down the road.  Even our cell phone (Droid) has wonderful GPS navigation capabilities today.  But, for planning those trips, nothing beats a computer with mapping software like Microsoft Streets and Trips.

Time and Money Calculator

Streets and Trips, running on our laptop computer, has been our guide for all 7 years of our RV travels.  We’re currently on version 2010.  Below is a beginning level video to give you an idea of how easy it is to plan a trip and have the software tell you where to go, how long it will take, and how much you’ll spend in gas.  Traveling in an RV is a completely different story when it comes to time and money, than traveling in a car.  If you know where to change the settings, the software will take this into account.