How to use Local Search with Maps for OS X Mavericks

How to use Local Search with Maps for OS X Mavericks

The Local Search feature in Maps is a great way to find local places by general category, without needing to know a specific place or name. Whether you're in an area you aren't familiar with or you just want to try something new and out of the ordinary in your home area, the Local Search feature in Maps can help. Here's how to use it:

  1. Launch the Maps app from the desktop of your Mac running OS X Mavericks.
  2. In the search bar in the upper right of the Maps app, start typing in a category for what you're looking for. In my example, I'll use Chinese restaurants. If you only want results that are close to your current location, append the words near me to the end of your search term. Most of the time Maps will offer it as a suggestion.
  3. Maps now filters in the places that match your search. Click on the red pin for the one that interests you or click on its name in the right sidebar that shows the search results.
  4. In the popup that appears, click on the info button to the right of the place's name. This will show more information on that place including the address, phone, Yelp! reviews if available, and more. From here you can get directions or jump to a website if its available.

That's all there is to it. Once you find a place you'd like to go, just hit the Get Directions button and you're done! You can also send the directions to your iPhone or iPad in just a click too before you hop in the car.

Allyson Kazmucha

Editor for iMore, Potter pundit, and the ninja in your iOS

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Becjr says:

A nice little surprise, when I did a search for "pizza", cause it's my favorite food group, Maps revealed the selection of local choices, but the images behind the search result move! For some results, this turned out to be an image of the map where the business is located, but on my fave pizzeria a slideshow of images played behind the search results. I know these images aren't localized on my machine, so are these maybe referenced from Yelp data? I see it does this on the phone as well... How have I not noticed this before?
It's a nice little detail. :D

Allyson Kazmucha says:

Yep, i believe they are pulled from Yelp!

soritong says:

I use this feature regularly since I'm always traveling to different client sites every day. Let's me find some decent places to grab some lunch (or dinner if I'm working late).

Dman238 says:

Thanks for the tip Allyson!

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asuperstarr says:

I'm so glad they added maps to the desktop. I wish it was connected with safari somehow.

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acondax says:

I'm not sure why but for some reason the option to send directions to my phone isn't available for me. Every other part of iCloud integration works like a charm.

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